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Inflatable Kayak Reviews

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Check out our latest inflatable kayak reviews on our best-selling kayaks.
These are all 100% real reviews that we have collected over the last decade of selling the Advanced Elements range of inflatable kayaks.

bob darby advancedframe sport

Dura-Floor and Backbone

Both of these items just make exceptional add on to enhance the Sports. Easy to install and pack away. Gives the keel a little more rigidity and improved speed and ease of paddling.

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak kristin harradine

Kayaking at Emerald Lakes, Carrara

“Great – I love it – I did a lot of research to decide on the best kayak and I couldn’t be happier. The AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak is so easy to set up and pack down.”

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advancedframe expedition elite kayak ashley allchurch

Kayaking at Nauru

“To say I LOVE it would be an understatement. It is simply awesome, I can not believe how stable it is and how well it tracks through the water and is really reactive.”

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advancedframe ultralite kayak tricia quan

Kayaking at Lake Kurwongbah

“The AdvancedFrame Ultralite Kayak is easy to set up. It’s really really stable and tracks well. Great streamlined design and very bright and easily seen by other water craft including powered.”

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advancedframe sport kayak kate walton

Why Didn’t I Do This Years Ago!

“I absolutely love my kayak I have taken it out on the river nearby quite a few morning before sunrise (even in winter!). It is super quick to inflate and light enough for me to pick up and carry to the water with one hand.”

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advancedframe kayak julie larkin

Wonderful Service, Wonderful Product

“I have taken the AdvancedFrame Kayak out several times in flat and rough conditions. It handles well with direction and speed. It is comfortable with the inflatable mat and seat although it took me a bit to adjust the seat to fit.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak bruce and jane fraker

Kayaking on Moobool Creek, Pottsville

“We love our AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak, very stable, comfortable and easy to paddle with plenty of room. The Touring 4-Part Kayak Paddle & PackLite 4-Part Kayak Paddle are both well-balanced. The Double Action Hand Pump with Gauge works well and easy to read the pressure gauge”

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advancedframe kayak mark leveson

Kayaking on the Hacking River

“Everything promised, this AdvancedFrame Kayak delivered in spades. Efficient – easy to paddle for long periods of time, cuts through calm and choppy water with ease.”

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straitedge inflatable kayak david george

Kayaking on Yardie Creek, WA

“For both ease of transport and what we plan to do, inflatables seemed a good option. Emily was exceptionally helpful and once we made the decision to purchase, our StraitEdge Inflatable Kayak was on the way the next day.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak joanna tovia

Great Kayak

“The AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak is easy to inflate and versatile for me to go it alone with two dogs or go out on the water with someone else.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak kimberley fleming

Loving My Kayak

“Absolutely loving my AdvancedFrame Kayak. Takes approximately 10mins from getting it out of the car to being on the water.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak david pita

Kayaking at Port Hacking

“I really like the firm drop stitch floor which is great for our doggo’s claws. The kayak feels very sturdy and stable. Highly recommended”

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Kayaking on Port Phillip Bay

“I finally got the chance to take my AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak out yesterday on Port Phillip Bay. As mentioned by many other reviewers, great customer service and attention to my concerns and to making sure I made the right choice for my needs.”

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advancedframe kayak sarah garnett

Quick To Inflate and Great Fun

“Overall experience – terrific! Easy to inflate and took <10 minutes on our second attempt, a bit longer on the first as we were reading the instruction manual."

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advancedframe kayak mark leveson

Kayaking at Bonnet Bay

“Never paddled such a comfortable AdvancedFrame Kayak. Really easy and quick set up and pull down. Great to be back out on the water again. One super happy customer!!!”

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advancedframe sport coralee blanchard

Kayaking on Clarence River

“Love how quick the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak is to set up. I am truly loving the experience, especially as nobody else is around to disturb the wildlife!”

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advancedframe sport kayak sharon rooker brade

Kayaking at Penguin Island

“The new Lumbar Seat for my AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak, that gives extra inflatable back support is very comfortable. I always have someone that is interested in my inflatable kayak where ever I go, that wants to know where they can get one.”

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advancedframe sport kayak fran hassall

Love My Kayak

“On the recommendation from a friend, I have bought the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak. I am loving it. It is easy to transport, quick to get on the water and so comfortable.”

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advancedframe sport kayak john holgate

Ok, I’m Impressed.

“I don’t think I’ve read a bad review about this kayak (AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak) and after spending a couple hours paddling around in it, I can see why.”

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advancedframe sport kayak alison bartlett

Kayaking on the Swan River

“I’m very happy with my AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak – great choice! It got here on Monday and I’ve been out twice already on the Swan River in the beautiful Perth winter weather.”

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advancedframe kayak tomas valena

Kayaking Easy

“10 mins to set up, 10 minutes to get back into the car. The AdvancedFrame Kayak is very stable, under normal condition on flat water you get no water inside.”

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advancedframe sport kayak toni case

Better Than I Expected!

“My AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak arrived 2 days after I placed the order, which was amazing. Tried it out yesterday and it was even better than I’d expected.”

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advancedframe convertible kayak robin pietsch

Great Product, Great Price & Great Service

“Solved my problem of having to juggle to squeeze my AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak into the standard bag. My new bag is well made and allows me to use as a backpack so will be a lot easier to transport.” “

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advancedframe sport kayak amanda roberts

Kayaking at Coila Lake

“Buying my fabulous AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak has given me freedom and independence. No more stressing about moving, loading, carrying or waiting for someone to help me.”

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Kayaking on Lake Wyaralong

“Excellent, we had our maiden voyage last weekend at Caloundra & we’re really impressed with the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak. It was comfortable, tracked beautifully, & was effortless to paddle.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak michael williams

Kayaking at Lake Burley Griffin

“I liked the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak a lot to begin with, and the inflatable foot braces have transformed it. They’re very easy to fit as you inflate the boat, and they’re surprisingly stable in holding their position against foot pressure even when not done up very tightly.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak jennifer evans

Kayaking on Dutchmans Beach at Nelson Bay

“If you are considering the purchase of an inflatable kayak (a very convenient way to be able to enjoy waterways without having to carry on roof racks etc), I would definitely recommend talking to Emily at Oz Inflatable Kayaks.”

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advancedframe sport kayak phillip heinrich

Kayaking at Balgowan Beach

“I was nervous at first of the sequence of which compartment of the AdvancedFrame Sport to fill first but was able to do it. Valves are good for fast inflation and deflation. All the chambers are removable for easy drying and cleaning.”

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advancedframe kayak david wilson

Kayaking on the Goulburn River, Eildon

“The AdvancedFrame Kayak is very easy to set-up. Paddles are remarkably straight and no lifting onto the car roof needed. I will be taking it away on our next caravan trip. It’s so easy to use. I am very happy with my kayak and the help I received from Emily.”

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advancedframe sport kayak and advancedframe kayak frances rennie

Kayaking on the Rocklands Reservoir

“I am very impressed with the performance of the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak.I come from a Sea Kayak and wanted something that would track well and not be blown about by the wind.”

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family fun kayak package colleen hendry

Amazing Customer Service

“The AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak, from the Family Fun Kayak Package we ordered, is amazing and the customer service is exceptional. Emily answered all our questions and made the process enjoyable. Would highly recommend this company!”

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advancedframe sport kayak cathy millard

Kayaking at Cattai Creek

“I purchased the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak as I missed kayaking with my daughter when she took her hard plastic sit-ins north to live. It’s the most comfortable kayak I’ve ever sat in and easy to paddle. I use it mainly in Cattai Creek and into the Hawkesbury River.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak angela carson

Kayaking at Lakeside Camping Ground

“I purchased the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak as a joint Christmas present for my partner and I. It’s been easy to set up and the pumping isn’t too bad given its size. Both my partner (6’1″), and I find it comfortable and spacious in solo or tandem mode.”

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quickdraw deck bag david wilson

QuickDraw Deck Bag

“We purchased our AdvancedFrame Sport Kayaks 6 weeks ago and have been out in them 5 times. Both kayaks fit in the back of our car, are easy to lift & carry (even easier when inflated) & are not a problem to store. I have no hesitation in recommending these kayaks to anyone who is looking for a lighter kayak, in our opinion it performs like the best of the hard shell kayaks we have used.”

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advancedframe sport kayak julie hunt

We Love Our AdvancedFrame Sport Kayaks

“We purchased our AdvancedFrame Sport Kayaks 6 weeks ago and have been out in them 5 times. Both kayaks fit in the back of our car, are easy to lift & carry (even easier when inflated) & are not a problem to store.”

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advancedframe kayak marie claude lariviere

Kayaking on the Waiwera River

“The AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak was on sale here in NZ just before Christmas so we got that for myself and husband (not a regular paddler). We went on our first outing yesterday and had a great time.”

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advancedframe convertible elite inflatable kayak gary tapper

Kayaking at Geographe Bay

“The AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak is a great product. Robust, stable, reasonable pace, easy to steer, tracks well and your furry friend can go with you. Love it!”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak damian marucci

Kayaking at Sydney Harbour

“Dear Emily, love the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak! It is awesome. Thanks for your tips on estimating pressure within the kayak chambers – I probably under filled the main chamber a bit, but the drop stitch floor was spot on.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak ian connell

Our Advanced Elements Experience

“We’ve had rigid kayaks before and they were good. I can’t bag them because they did the job but the whole chucking them on the roof, taking them off the roof was starting to get painful.I spoke to a friend who recommended I look at an inflatable kayak and at first I was sceptical so I researched, researched and researched some more.”

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advancedframe sport inflatable kayak marie salinger

Kayaking at Lake Buffalo

“I am absolutely thrilled with my  AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak and the outstanding advice and support I received from Emily when making the decision about which model kayak would suit me and my needs best. I love using the kayak and the best thing is that I can take it anywhere.”

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advancedframe expedition elite kayak michelle renee jane

Kayaking at Hinze Dam

“I purchased my Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak a few months ago and have been absolutely loving it! I can highly recommend this kayak to anyone who wants a high performing kayak but doesn’t have the option to store and transport a traditional kayak.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak andy nicholls

Great Knowledge And Well-Supported Purchase Process

“Hi Emily! Just to say that we got out in the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak now and enjoying it a lot. I had a trip back to the UK that delayed things. Really quick and easy to get ready and fast on the water. I haven’t fitted the rudder yet but will try soon. We have entered the bridge to beach paddle in Feb so a challenge lies ahead.   Photos of the canoe were taken on the beach at the Q station, our first expedition. Thanks again for your help and efficiency!”

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advancedframe sport kayak and advancedframe ultralite kayak roger lavers

Kayaking at Tweed Heads, NSW

“I know I left it a bit late in life to get into kayaking. Better late than never. For the first half of this year I spent most of my time at Tweed Heads helping out my sister in law, who was diagnosed with cancer. She lived across the road from the Tweed River, so it was ideal for me to go out and buy an inexpensive inflatable kayak…

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airfusion evo kayak andy de francis

So Easy To Carry The Boat To The Water

“Initial reaction: So easy to carry the boat to the water. The boat has excellent primary stability. Very secure feeling sitting in it. The main chambers really provide the boat with a solid feel. Paddling the boat tracked straight. No skeg or rudder.”

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advancedframe convertible elite kayak brett penberthy

AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak

“Straight up, this AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak was brilliant. We have never kayaked and wanted to try the experience and it was so much fun and a good exercise. To be able to take the dog with us was tremendous, she had a ball, no issues at all.”

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advancedframe sport kayak kym neal

Kayaking at Ewen Maddock Dam

“I appreciated being able to have my final questions/concerns answered before purchasing my kayak. Emily knows her product well, is friendly and easily accessible by phone. Payment and delivery were fast. Great service!”

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advancedframe sport kayak heather creed

Kayaking at Hindmarsh Island

“We put our AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak in at Hindmarsh Island. I haven’t done mine yet (tentative about back) but I did have a little go in Tony’s & it was fab. So comfy! It’s like sitting on a great soft lounge chair. It’s supportive of my back, very easy to paddle and getting along easily in water. Very impressed, & happy!”

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advancedframe sport inflatable kayak beth nelson

Kayaking at Lake Conjola

“Recently used the Kayak Cart with my AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak. Even though the kayak is easy to carry, the cart made it all much easier (especially when a hill was involved). It is very handy if you have a bit further to walk to get to the waters edge. Light weight and compact. Found it quick and easy to attach and detach from the kayak. Stowed easily on the back deck of the kayak whilst paddling. The pictures were taken at Lake Conjola, South Coast, NSW.”

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advancedframe expedition elite kayak zain griffiths

Kayaking Around Coochiemudlo Island

“We have been out in the Kayaks 4 times now, once on an inland river and the rest of the time out in the estuaries around Brisbane. Both kayaks have been fantastic, they cut through the water really well and they track very straight even when paddling hard.”

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advancedframe sport kayak marie salinger

AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak

“As a complete beginner I had absolutely no idea of where to start when I filled in the online questionnaire. Today at lunchtime my AdvancedFrame

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dog lovers kayak package brett hohnke

Dog Lovers Package

“Easy and fast to set up. After initially wanting to swim for shore, the dogs settled and had a great first paddle. Loved that the

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advancedframe convertible elite inflatable kayak robert laird

Kayaking at Millstream-Chichester National Park, WA

“The kayak, AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak,  you recommended was easily carried the 200m to the water. It was windy but the kayak tracked perfectly and we were both impressed by the kayaks performance and stability. The service from you was very speedy. “

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advancedframe convertible elite inflatable kayak mark beveridge

Advanced Elements Elite Double x 2

“Recently purchased two AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Inflatable Kayaks from Emily. This was after months of research considering how to balance convenience, performance and stability. We live in

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rapidup kayak sail brian marshall

RAPIDUP SAIL

“The RapidUp Kayak Sail works very well, does not overwhelm the kayak and is easy to control. The prevailing winds plus your Sail will blow

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The Best Just got Better

“I have long argued in my books and blog that the Advanced Elements double kayak is the near-perfect yacht tender and a fantastic alternative to

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inflatable kayak review deb pauline ae1017

Love Our New Kayaks

“Bought ourselves two Advanced Frame Sport Inflatable Kayaks for Xmas and are so pleased we did. We live on Bribie Island and the kayaks are perfect

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inflatable kayak reviews ian shakespeare

Fantastic Service

“Great assistance to choose the appropriate kayaks for our needs and after sales support with any questions happily and promptly responded to.” – Ian The

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inflatable kayak reviews geoff 1

Great Kayaks

“Bought two Land Ahoy packages for Xmas and we have not been let down. The Kayaks are a breeze to set up, 5 mins max

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advancedframe expedition inflatable kayak david gerber

A Realistic Alternative

“Having now a few months and several outings with the AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak, once you’re out on the water, I don’t believe that there’s a

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inflatable kayak reviews leanne w 1

Satisfied customer

“Emily returned my enquiry promptly and really knew her stuff. Helping me with the product that suited my needs.” – Leanne The Advancedframe Convertible Inflatable Kayak

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advancedframe sport kayak angela

Thank You!

Hi Emily, well I am now a fit person!  We did 4 hours of sightseeing paddling over giant stingrays, loads of fish and a dolphin

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inflatable kayak reviews jim c 1

Bellingen River

Hi Emily, I’m back at home in freezing Bright, Vic and wishing I was back in the cosy north! Attached is a shot from the

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inflatable kayak reviews victoria s 1

Ahoy me Matey!

“Hello Emily, Finally managed to find some pictures for you of my partner and my kayaks on some of our adventures. We circumnavigated the Indonesian

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Launch Day

“Hello Emily, The Kayak did not disappoint. Initially I was impressed with the stability of the craft. I settled into it immediately, and in no

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Inflatable Kayak Reviews

What's the Secret?

How did we get so many great inflatable kayak reviews?

Easy – by ensuring our customers get the right kayak.

If you want to know how to choose a kayak, start with our comprehensive list of kayak buying guides.

Unfortunately, inflatable kayak reviews can be misleading…

It’s not that people are dishonest – far from it.  Our customers genuinely LOVE their inflatable kayaks!

The problem with reviews is that they can lead you to thinking you need something you don’t.

For example, maybe you are a beginner and you’re looking at a bunch of online reviews for the AirFusion EVO. This is our fastest kayak, but it is not our stablest. Experienced kayakers don’t really care about stability, they are interested in speed. So the kayak will have heaps of excellent reviews because it is super-fast.

BUT …

If you purchased the AirFusion EVO because of all those great reviews from experienced kayakers, you would be making a mistake. As a beginner, you need to start with something more stable, such as the AdvancedFrame.

So what good are inflatable kayak reviews???

First, you need to get some advice on which kayaks are right for you. THEN, you can look at the reviews to help make a decision.

Getting advice is not a big deal – we do it all the time. Here are the factors we consider when helping you choose a kayak:

  • Your size – both length and weight
  • Your strength and physical limitations
  • The kind of water you will be paddling in – eg open ocean vs whitewater
  • How long your paddling trips will be
  • Your paddling experience
  • Anything else you want to tell me!