AdvancedFrame Kayak

The AdvancedFrame kayak is a delight to paddle and very comfortable – even a beginner can cruise along for hours. It’s fast and comfortable enough for a multi-day trip, but quick and easy to set up for a casual paddle. It cuts through chop easily on the open ocean, but also glides beautifully on a lake or calm river.


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Here is why the AdvancedFrame Kayak is our best-selling solo inflatable kayak:

Basically, it ticks a whole lot of boxes for a whole lot of people.

It’s great for beginners, AND for multi-day expeditions across open ocean.

What makes it so good?

  • Easy to paddle straight and fast
  • Comfortable
  • Quick to set up and pack away
  • Stable
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Compact and lightweight

Who is the AdvancedFrame kayak for?

That’s the amazing thing about this inflatable kayak, it’s good for both beginners and experienced kayakers.

Put on a spray skirt and load it up with gear (up to 136kg) for a paddling expedition.

Or take it out for a short, relaxing paddle.

AdvancedFrame Kayak AE1012 R

Goes Straight and Fast – Even for Beginners

There’s nothing more annoying than a kayak that goes in circles… except maybe a kayak that doesn’t go anywhere!
  • Glide straight and cuts through chop with the patented AdvancedFrame design – no waggling when you paddle.
  • Built in fin to help you paddle straight.
  • Low centre of gravity and a flat hull make the AdvancedFrame kayak very stable.  Save your strength and relax!
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"…I settled into it immediately, and in no time was stroking confidently and making great pace going up river against the current. I was also very pleased with the kayaks tracking ability…"
Inflatable Kayaking on AdvancedFrame Pioneer River Mirani April 2014 9

Comfortable for Hours

There’s nothing worse than a hard seat giving you a numb bum and an aching lower back from lack of support.

Whether you are jumping in the AdvancedFrame kayak for half an hour, or going out on a multi-day expedition, you want to be comfortable and supported. Fortunately, Advanced Elements have done a wonderful job of making the AdvancedFrame kayak a delight to sit in!

  • Your back is supported by the clip-in seat so you are comfortable all day
  • Your bum is cushioned by the low pressure inflatable floor reducing the risk of numbness
  • Optional foot brace to assist paddling technique


"Hi Emily, Have taken my kayak out 3 times in the last 2 weekends now… it’s quite addictive… I could stay out ALL day if the weather permitted"
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Durable and Reliable

Let’s be clear – the AdvancedFrame kayak is NOT a pool toy!

Advanced Elements have crafted a puncture-resistant inflatable kayak that won’t let you down.

I have been paddling the AdvancedFrame range for over a decade now, and I have never had to do a repair.

  • Multi-layer material design for protection of the inner tubes – there is very little risk of puncture
  • Durable triple layer PVC tarpaulin hull so you don’t have to worry about damage on rocks
  • Dual main air chambers for safety – if one chamber of the inner tube is compromised, the other will still function
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from Advanced Elements
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Convenient – Quick and Easy to Set Up & Pack Away – Perfect for Travel

Set up and pack away seems to be the thing most people don’t consider when they are comparing inflatable kayaks.

But it is SO important!

If your inflatable kayak is a drag to inflate, you will end up just leaving it in the bag. What a waste…

The AdvancedFrame kayak comes pre-assembled from the Advanced Elements factory. This means there is no complicated set up, you just unfold, inflate, clip the seat in and go. Takes about 5 minutes from bag to water.

How to set up the AdvancedFrame Kayak

Packs up into a bag about the size of a suitcase for easy storage and transport – planes, trains and automobiles, the world is your oyster!

Click here for the AdvancedFrame kayak AE1012-R instruction manual

What type of conditions is the AdvancedFrame kayak suitable for?

The AdvancedFrame is designed to be a day touring type boat, for flat or open water. The bow and stern have a rigid semi-frame that gives it a hard edge. This greatly improves the tracking over traditional inflatables. The AdvancedFrame is fine for class 1 and 2 rivers, and durable enough for class 3, however it is really designed to paddle in a straight line, and therefore not recommended for rivers above class 3. When choosing a kayak for class 3 whitewater or greater, you really want a boat with a very rounded hull that will not grip on to the current, especially in eddys, like our Attack Whitewater Kayak. Unfortunately kayaks with very rounded hulls will not paddle very straight on flat water.

What's the difference?

The AdvancedFrame and the AdvancedFrame Sport inflatable kayaks are the same length width and look like the same design… so why did Advanced Elements create two of them??


  • Advanced Elements spring valves
  • Inflatable coaming for attaching a spray skirt
  • Durable double coated fabric
  • Bungee deck lacing
  • Moulded rubber handles
  • Reinforced bow and stern seam
  • Hard edge bow/stern
  • Large storage compartment
  • Welded seams
  • Neoprene paddle guard
  • Adjustable back support
  • D-ring tie down
  • Skeg tracking fin
  • Rip stop fabric

Included Accessories:

  • Carrying Duffel Bag
  • Folding Seat
  • Repair Kit
  • Owner’s Manual

Kayak Specifications

Length: 10’5″ (3.18m)

Weight: 36 lbs (16.3 kg)

Colour: Red/Gray

Brand: Advanced Elements

Lakes, Bays, Inland Waterways: Yes

Coastal/Open Water: Yes

Self-bailing: No

Width: 32” (81cm)

Maximum Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)

Deflated and Packed Dimensions: 32″ x 17″ x 10″ (76cm x 43cm x 25cm)

Warranty Period: 12 Months

River Class: II

Compatible with Rudder Kit: Yes

Set-up Time: 5 minutes

















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Customer Reviews
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Judy S.
So far so good

Spoke to Emily before purchasing She was fantastic in answering all my questions Due to our weather down South have not yet had it in the water…but have been practicing inflating..and deflating which takes me all of 10 min to inflate with ease I am 68 have no problem at all can’t wait for the wind to stop and it warm up so I can get out there. Will add a further review when I do thanks Emily

Jean P.

This kayak is such a good buy, very responsive, fast, handles well, the choppy waters we have at time where I live. One con- the drying process of the inner main chamber is a bit difficult, but that big of an issue though. I would recommend this product.

Helen M.
Great sales experience

We haven’t had a chance to use the kayaks yet, but the comprehensive information on the website made the choice easy and the buying process very straight forward.

Scott G.
Advanced Frame Kayak

Over 2 days paddled this Kayak up 2 rivers in SW Tasmania wilderness. Found it very stable and dry. Got into it the first time from my yacht and second time out of a dinghy. I was able to carry the inflatable Kayak on the dinghy to transfer back to the yacht. Love it and have some more big plans for it on this trip.

Maryann O.
Advanced Frame Kayaks x 2

We have used our two kayaks four times in three weeks. Our previous hard shell kayaks only once in 18 months. So easy to transport and use by comparison, and we can even transport them in our little buzz box Hyundai I20. With a little practice we can even get them back in the bag!! Highly recommend them

George M.
Do it!

If you are thinking of purchasing an inflatable kayak from OZ inflatables DO IT! Emily will provide you with the best customer service in getting you fitted up. I've had mine for a few months and its as easy to use as you see in the videos. Stable on the water and lots of fun and quick and easy to use up and put away, wonderful purchase.

Kerry S.
A real Surprise

I received my inflatable AdvanceFrame Kayak as a birthday surprise and what a surprise it was. After some practice inflates in the loungeroom to get the hang of setting it up and pulling it down and packing it back up, I realised how easy it actually was. The instructions said '5 mins to inflate' well that was pretty accurate. And about the same to deflate and pack back into its carry bag. Time to get out on the water. Again, I had no trouble setting it up using the Duel Action hand pump with pressure the gauge. Getting into it was a bit of a struggle as you really need to straddle it and squat down into it. I'm not a young man any more and I found that I was using joints in ways I haven't used in a long time!! Anyway, this, I found was the easiest way and really the only way to get in and out of an inflatable Kayak and get going. My wife and I have Kayaked in the past but in traditional hard bodied Kayaks but once on the water I found that it was very easy to control and manouver.

Odette M.
All round great kayak

I found the Advanced Frame kayak easy to set up, taking about 10 minutes to inflate and light in the water. I bought the adjustable seat which is super comfy and can fit the longest of legs inside the. I would highly recommend this quality kayak to anyone from beginner (like me) to the expert kayaker looking for a light, portable, quality craft

Karen M.
Inflatable Kayak

Easy to inflate and a stable ride. It does actually fit back in the bag! Well put together product. Good service from Emily at Oz inflatables Karen Perth.

Julie L.
Wonderful service, wonderful product

Emily is fantastic support with my decision and after sales service. I have taken the 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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Mark L.
Efficient, sturdy, stable and comfortable!

Everything promised, this kayak delivered in spades. Efficient - easy to paddle for long periods of time, cuts through calm and choppy water with ease. Sturdy - surprised how strong the materials are and how well it has been put together. Stable - the inflated cells sitting with side of my thighs make this kayak the most stable i have ever paddled (sure it's wider and I lose straight line speed - but Im not going out in it for racing) Comfortable - I'm sitting on an inflatable floor between inflatable bouyancy chambers, all flouting on water - think abut it, nothing could be more comfortable. The seat back with infinite support adjustment gives me so many seating options. Not having to lift a kayak up onto rook racks any more (with sore and worn our shoulders) has allowed me to easily get onto the water again. I can't fault my purchase in any way.

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review
Carol A.
AdvancedFrame Kayak

As an older, not so strong female the kayak is a bit heavier and more awkward to carry than I expected but easy to pump up with foot pump. On the water it is easy to paddle and very stable and comfortable. It tracks straight and turns easily. I like to re-inflate it in the garden to clean and dry but it folds up well. I am delighted with this kayak and am looking forward to many adventures.

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Sarah G.
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. The Kayak travelled true even in fairly strong wind and simple to deflate. We throw them in the back of the car and wash them down when we get home (all our adventures have been in salt water). We dry them in our courtyard semi inflated and have had no reason to pack them back in the bag.

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Tomas V.
kayaking easy

10 mins to set up, 10 minutes to get back into the car. Kayak is very stable, under normal condition on flat water you get no water inside. Use it now 3x week.

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Sally A.
being picky!

love the Advanced frame Kayak. easy to assemble, not too heavy for me to be able to transport it about. paddles really well even in choppy water... but.. two minor things the makers could remedy. 1. the velcro to hold the paddle is too close to the paddlers arm at the stern of the kayak.. the velcro scratches my arm whilst paddling. it could easily be relocated further to the stern of the boat, away from the movement of the paddling arm. 2. when i paddle, the water flicks off the paddle onto the bow of the boat (plus any wavelets that come over the edge).. this water then flows to the lowest point which is the zip end closest to the paddler. there it falls onto the floor of the kayak and inevitably the floor is very wet along with the paddlers legs and bum. the cover over the bow end of the boat needs some support to hold the zip higher thus preventing the water flowing into the vessel. these changes would make the kayak perfect!! thanks sally

David W.
Great kayak

Very easy to set up paddles remarkably straight and no lifting onto the car roof. I will be taking it away on our next caravan trip, so easy. I am very happy with my kayak and the help I received from Emily.

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review
Mark D. Smith
Waterbed of kayaks!

Early days, as we have only just had our first opportunity to take our new kayak out for a paddle. A weekend at Hilton Denarau with a garden view (and nice view of the beach) was our chance. We inflated can carried our kayak down to the beach, approximately 50m with little effort, and slipped it into the water. My first paddle and it felt so much more enjoyable than hard plastic kayaks usually available at resorts. I was totally sold. The test though would be my partner. She loved it too, felt totally safe and as a smaller person had no issues handling and maneuvering. It was actually a surprise to see her so far in the distance as usually she would not be so adventurous. We will now be purchasing at least one more for my partner, and possibly more for when friends stay. I wish Advanced Elements kayaks had been around when growing up, life would have been filled with so much more adventure. Thank you Emily!

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review
David P.
Great Fun with the Advanced Frame Kayaks!

I recently bought two of the Advanced Frame Kayaks and my wife and I have been out on them almost every weekend! These kayaks exceeded my expectations and we have had a terrific time in both enclosed waters and in the ocean. They have taken us to waterways in Sydney that I would never have thought to visit. The kayaks themselves are easy to setup and takes me about 20 minutes to get both of them into the water. The service and support from Emily has been excellent and I would definitely buy from OzInflatable Kayaks again. -David

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review
David G.
A Realistic Alternative

Having now had a few months and several outings with the kayaks, once you’re out on the water, I don’t believe that there’s a lot of difference in speed or tracking ability between the AF models and more conventional plastic sit-in recreational kayaks, particularly once you install the backbone, which I highly recommend. Performance is OK enough without it, but I’ve found that installing the backbone improved performance quite significantly. Where the AdvanceFrame models really DO have it all over hard kayaks, is comfort. Since you’re sitting on an inflated floor and well supported by the high seat-back and your feet are braced against the foot bar (Expedition) or inflatable foot brace (AdvFrame), I’ve found I can paddle for much longer, without getting a sore or numb backside or without my feet “going to sleep” from being pressed against hard pedals. A great alternative for solo paddlers/travellers without a second person to assist getting a kayak on/off car roof racks or without the space to store a conventional kayak - both of which apply in my case. I hope that all helps.

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review
Leanne W.
Satisfied customer

Emily returned my enquiry promptly and really knew her stuff. Helping me with the product that suited my needs

Oz Inflatable Kayaks AdvancedFrame Kayak Review

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