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inflatable kayak advancedframe expedition ae1009 + axis 230 4 part fibreglass kayak paddle 3 + double action hand pump with gauge ae2011 + Kayak Touring Spray Skirt.OIK2 + Inflatable Kayak Rapidup Sail AE2040 Advanced Elements Kayak
Price for all: $2,508.00

The Impressive AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak

advancedframe expedition elite kayak

Amazing for Kayak Expeditions

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A whopping 204kg capacity means you can load this kayak up with gear for even the most extreme kayak expedition.

There are D-rings and bungee lacing on the large front deck for securing gear.

There is a roll-top hatch behind the seat for quick access to gear stored under the deck.

There are d-rings on the rear deck for even more gear!

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Your back is supported by the inflatable lumbar seat so you are comfortable all day.

An adjustable foot brace is included to assist your paddling technique and support your lower back.

The Advancedframe Expedition Elite kayak has a low centre of gravity and a flat hull. This gives you effortless stability so you can save your strength on those long trips.

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Stay dry in cold conditions with the inflatable coaming and optional spray skirt

In this wonderful video, you can see the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak being put to the test in remote Alaska.

It’s worth a watch for the stunning scenery alone!

A Long Cockpit for Long Legs

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Love to go Fast?

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At nearly 4m long, the Expedition Elite kayak is FAST.

The drop-stitch floor helps you glide smoothly through the water.

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The patented AdvancedFrame design means no waggling when you paddle.

The built-in fin helps you paddle straight.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak comes with the rudder mount already installed if you would like to purchase the optional Rudder System.

Durable and Reliable

Don’t take my word for it!

This review from Geoff Wilson of 5th Element Expeditions shows just how tough the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is, even in the most rugged of terrain.

Backed by a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty from Advanced Elements.

Multi-layer material design for protection of the inner tubes – there is very little risk of puncture.

Durable triple layer PVC tarpaulin hull also means you don’t have to worry about damage on rocks.

The dual main air chambers are great for safety, because if one chamber of the inner tube fails, the other will still function.

Kayak Specifications

AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite FAQs


Super fast!

Kayak AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite

It’s one of our heavier kayaks, so it takes a few strokes to get the momentum going, but once it’s going, it really zooms along.

The 4m length, the excellent rigidity and the awesome AdvancedFrame hull design give you a wonderful paddling experience.

advancedframe expedition elite kayak review


In fact, is our BEST tracking solo kayak.


Not much.

All kayaks are wind affected to some degree.

You can generally predict how wind affected it’s going to be based on the ratio of kayak above the waterline to kayak below the waterline.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak sits quite low in the water, especially compare to other inflatables, so it performs quite well in wind.

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The seat (included) has a stiff, high back, which gives you excellent support, IF you get the angle right.


High Back Kayak Seat in the Advanced Elements Kayaks

The seat has inflatable lumbar support that you can inflate or deflate as you are paddling, via a mouthpiece.

The adjustable foot brace adds to your comfort by supporting your lower back as you paddle.

The kayak comes with an adjustable foot brace. A lot of paddles swear by foot braces for encouraging good paddling technique and for supporting the lower back.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak has excellent back support – the seat backs are high and stiff and there is an inflatable lumbar cushion included for extra support.

What is the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak good for?

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Yes, if they are not massive.

The Expedition Elite kayak is quite large inside and you can unzip the front deck so they are not cramped into a cockpit.

The drop-stitch floor is very tough and won’t be a problem with dog claws.

The wide flat hull means the kayak is very stable so you won’t all go over board if your dog gets excited and makes a sudden move (not that they ever do that …).


The wide flat hull means the kayak is very stable so you can focus on fishing and relaxing.

This video is from Chasing Scale who use the Expedition kayak to make their fishing videos:

Epic Western Australia Fly Fishing Road Trip Adventure

The rip-stop polyester material is extremely durable, give you the confidence that neither fish nor fishing gear will cause a puncture.

Optional kayak anchor if the fish are biting and you want to stay where you are.

230g nylon cooper anchor

Optional accessory frame if you want to attach additional rod holders, an EPERB, a fish finder, go-pro etc.

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***NOTE – to install the accessory frame on the Expedition Elite kayak, you have to cut holes in the deck and inner tube covers.

You can even put on a propeller – the ePropulsion Vaquita.


The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is excellent for taking kids, we have done it many times.

Kayaking at Hervey Bay

It’s super-stable, so the kids can have a nap and muck around without tipping it over.

It’s fairly long inside and you can unzip the front deck. It’s best if the child is facing you, so they don’t get whacked in the head with the paddle.

It’s possible, yes.

It’s got the high-pressure drop-stitch floor, which gives you something firm and stable to step on and off of.

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It’s suitable for almost all water types, including open ocean.

There’s heaps of space for gear if you are using it to transport your stuff to and from shore.

You would want to open the zipper on the cockpit before putting the kayak in the water.

**Caution – do not leave the kayak inflated on the deck of the boat. The heat will cause the pressure to rise and you could damage the kayak.

Anything from 1 hour to a multi-day expedition.

In fact, as the name suggests, this kayak was designed for multi-day trips.

The 204kg capacity means you can even take food and fresh water.

There is a large internal storage compartment and a huge amount of deck space.

The kayak is very stable with a low centre of gravity, so loading up the deck is viable.

And most importantly – it’s really comfortable!

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Kayaking at Hervey Bay

Not only is the Expedition Elite suitable for open ocean, it is the king of open water paddling!

The AdvancedFrame design helps it cut through chop, and you can put on a spray skirt to keep out the spray.


The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite is fine for class 1 and 2 whitewater, however it is really designed to paddle in a straight line, and therefore not recommended for rivers above class 2.

Who is the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak good for?

Yes, but there are a few points to consider.

The key feature for beginners is stability and the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite is wonderfully stable, so no dramas there.

The design is so good that it’s super-easy to paddle straight.


It’s a fairly heavy kayak, which means it takes a bit more strength to get going than our lightweight kayaks. Once it’s going, however, it leaves them for dead!

And it’s quite long. This is what makes it go nice and straight, but it also means it takes a bit more technique to turn. Not difficult to learn, just something to consider.

In my experience, seniors are looking for a lightweight kayak, and the AdvancedFrame Expedition kayak is NOT the lightest solo kayak we sell.

That’s not to say we haven’t had plenty of seniors loving it, but you would need to be confident about picking up a 19kg, 4m long kayak.

The other key features for seniors are stability and ease of getting in and out – the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak ticks both these boxes.

No, the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite is not the first choice for a child paddling alone.

It’s quite heavy and long and takes some strength to get the momentum going and coordination to manouvre.

You would be better off checking out our lightweight kayaks if you were looking for something for your kid.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak has an awesome zipper in front of the cockpit that allows you to swing your legs in and out.

Getting Out Of Your AdvancedFrame Kayak from Advanced Elements


The tallest person I have fitted into the Expedition is 6’8″.

You can adjust both the foot brace and the seat to get the right fit.

The maximum capacity is 204kg / 450lbs.

This allows you to be a big person and still get good rigidity and performance.

It also allows you to load up with gear for multi-day expeditions.

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About the AdvancedFrame Expedition Kayak

Advanced Elements have been making inflatable kayaks for well over 20 years – you don’t have to worry about quality.

All kayaks are inflated at the factory and left for 24 hours to ensure there are no slow leaks.

The main hull material used is called PVC tarpaulin and it is super thick and tough.

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It can handle dog claws, fish hooks, rocks and even oysters.

In the extremely rare case that you damage the hull, the kayak comes with a repair kit, so you can put on a patch.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is a sit-in kayak.

You can put on a spray skirt and stay warm and dry if the condition are rough or cold.

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Of course this means that any water you get in the kayak is staying in the kayak (unless you get a bilge pump).

But on the upside, you get a kayak that glides beautifully through the water, tracks straight and is minimally wind affected.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is a solo kayak – this means it has seating for only 1 person.

Although it is spacious, you could NOT fit two adults in it.

Taking a kid with you is totally viable though.

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Deflated and packed dimensions are:

32″ x 20″ x 10″ (83cm x 52cm x 26cm)

You can get the depth (26cm) down a bit by putting the seats somewhere else, but the other dimensions can’t really be altered.

The weight is 19.1kg and the kayak bag (included) comes with detachable backpack straps.

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At 19.1kg, the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite is one of our heavier solo kayaks.

Most people in good shape can carry it down to the water by themselves.

But if you are not feeling strong, it might be better to look for one of our lightweight kayaks.

It’s very stable… check out this video:  
How stable are the Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks?

There is a fin – it is part of the hull.

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There is no rudder on the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak, but the Rudder Kit we sell IS compatible with this kayak.

Note that the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is easy to paddle, tracks very well and is not very wind affected, so you are not likely to need a rudder.

Yes, the ePropulsion Vaquita can be used with the ratchet straps (included with the propeller).

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The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is a sit-in style kayak, so you can hook our Touring Spray Skirt around the inflatable coaming.

This allows you to stay warm and dry inside the cockpit.

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Advanced Elements spring valves

Drop-stitch floor construction

Adjustable seat with inflatable lumbar support

Rudder Mount for adding the AdvancedTrak Kayak Rudder Kit

Inflatable coaming for attaching a spray skirt

Adjustable foot brace

Moulded rubber handles

Hard edge bow and stern

Welded seams

Neoprene knuckle guard

Massive storage compartment

Bungee deck lacing

Reinforced bow and stern

Skeg/tracking fin

D-ring tie downs

The hull is PVC tarpaulin – an extremely tough multi-layer material.

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The floor chamber is Drop-stitch.

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The deck and inner tube covers are rip-stop polyester.

The inner tube is PVC, with a baffle down the middle of the tube.

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There is an aluminium rib inside the bow and stern.

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There are rubber moulded handles at each end and some elastic bungee lacing.

I think that covers everything!

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak is manufacted by Advanced Elements (an American company), in their factory in Indonesia.

All kayaks are inflated and left overnight on the factory floor to ensure they are fully functional before shipping out.

Learn more about Advanced Elements.

How to use the AdvancedFrame Expedition Kayak

You can review the instruction manual here:

AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak Instruction Manual

But my strong recommendation is that you take a look at the setup video:

AdvancedFrame Expedition kayak Setup Video AE1009 from Advanced Elements and Oz Inflatable Kayaks

Note that this is for the original AdvancedFrame Expedition kayak, the Elite version has a drop-stitch floor and an aluminium deck riser, so the set-up is slightly different.

It’s about 7 minutes, 9 if you want to install the aluminium deck riser and the adjustable foot brace.

You just take off the valve covers and set the valves to deflate. Walk away for a few minutes and it’s done.

You can use the deflate function of the pump if you want to, but I have never found this to be necessary.

How To Clean and Pack Away Your Advanced Elements Inflatable Kayak

The best thing you can do is put an old towel inside the kayak when you go paddling. This keeps the inside dry and clean.

You will almost certainly get some water on the deck and sides, but if you can keep the inside clean and dry, that makes things easier.

If it’s salt water on the outside, you may wish to use a wash cloth with clean water to pat the deck of the kayak.

Do NOT use a hose, the kayak gets way too wet that way.

The deck doesn’t take too long to dry, then you can fold the kayak up as per the instructions.

Yes, it DOES go back in the bag!

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What to buy

High pressure drop-Stitch floor

Duffel bag with detachable shoulder straps

High back lumbar seat

Adjustable foot brace

Repair kit

Owners manual

You need to purchase a pump, a paddle and a life jacket as the minimum.

We also recommend a dry-bag for keeping your gear dry.

Check out our Fishing Gear section if you want to do some kayak fishing.

Any double bladed kayak paddle will work, but I would strongly suggest getting a LONG one, so you can easily get over the side tubes. Ours start at 230cm.

Check out our range of collapsible kayak paddles.

I would strongly suggest you purchase our Double Action Hand Pump with Gauge – it has exactly the right adapters and is capable of inflating the drop-stitch floor to the maximum pressure.

Yes! Check out the awesome Open Ocean Kayak Package:

Open Ocean Kayak Package KS6089

General information

All our Advanced Elements kayaks come with a 12 month warranty. Check out the details here:

But if you have any issues after that period, still get in touch as we carry some spare parts and may be able to help out.

Our 30-day satisfaction guarantee means that if the kayak is not what you expected, you have 30 days after delivery to return the kayak for a FULL refund. See for details.

Shipping is free for orders over $99 and $19 flat rate for orders under $99.

If the product is in stock, it will ship from our Brisbane warehouse within 1-2 business days of ordering.

We use Direct Freight Express as a courier and they are usually pretty quick.

Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney – overnight.

Melbourne – 2 nights.

Elsewhere… it varies. If you have a deadline, please get in touch and we’ll check if it’s going to make it in time.

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