8 minutes from in-the-bag to on-the-water!
Note – the following set-up video is for the original AdvancedFrame Expedition, not the ELITE version with the drop-stitch floor.
Length: 13′ (3.96m)
Weight: 42 lbs (19.1 kg)
Coastal / Open Water
Complies with ISO 6185-1)
Rivers up to Class II
Whitewater up to Class III
Maximum Capacity: 450lbs (204kg)
Recommended Max. Paddler Height: 6’8″
Max. Paddler Weight: 200kg
Hull: PVC Tarpaulin
Deck: 600D ripstop polyester with PVC laminate
Tube-cover: 600D polyester with PU coating
Floor: Drop-Stitch Construction
More About This Kayak
Set-up Time: 8 minutes
Warranty: 3 Years
90-day “Try it on the Water” Returns
Availability: In stock in our Brisbane warehouse, ships in 1-2 business days.
“The Advancedframe Expedition Elite Kayak is extremely well thought out and put together. Every aspect seems to have been catered for. My first experience on the water in the Expedition Elite was very memoriable and 6 hours of paddling seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. I have found that the Expedition Elite simple to set up and can be done in under 10 minutes quite comfortably. On the water the kayak is very stable and tracks well, but in a strong current and or wind can be a little cumbersone.
I feel the addition of the rudder kit would aid in rectifying this problem. When the conditions are calm it is a breeze to paddle and I have no difficulty in keeping up with friends on hard shelled kayaks. Being an inflatable kayak it folds down to a suitcase size (83cm x 52cm x 26cm) so is very easy to store when not in use and can be carried in the back of a car without the worry of roof racks. If storage and transport is a problem for you I would highly recommend the Advanceframe Expedition Elite Kayak and would highly recommend purchasing from oz inflatable kayaks as Emily was wonderful to deal with and was very knowledgeable and answered every question I threw at her and the service was second to none.”
Goes Fast and Tracks Straight
Thanks to the aluminium rib-frame design and the drop-stitch floor.
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.
The Drop-Stitch floor comes as standard with the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite.
It gives you amazing rigidity, which means the kayak goes fast and straight.
Drop-stitch is also extremely durable – great for dogs or fishing.
Amazing for Kayak Expeditions
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!
A Long Cockpit for Long Legs
4m long – plenty of cockpit space for long legs
Great for Taking Dogs and Kids
Very stable with a zip down the front deck
Suitable for Open Ocean
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 stay warm and dry.
With the inflatable lumbar cushion in the seat supporting your back, you can paddle for hours.
Adjustable Foot Rest
The adjustable foot rest gives you a wonderful feeling of support when kayaking. For many people, it also adds to their stability and comfort.
8 Minute Set Up
A 4m sea kayak you can fit in a bag!
Padded, removable backpack straps included.
AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak FAQs
In fact, is our BEST tracking solo kayak.
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.
The seat (included) has a stiff, high back, which gives you excellent support, IF you get the angle right.
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?
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:
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.
Optional accessory frame if you want to attach additional rod holders, an EPERB, a fish finder, go-pro etc.
***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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
There is a fin – it is part of the hull.
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.
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.
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
Neoprene knuckle guard
Massive storage compartment
Bungee deck lacing
Reinforced bow and stern
D-ring tie downs
The hull is PVC tarpaulin – an extremely tough multi-layer material.
The floor chamber is Drop-stitch.
The deck and inner tube covers are rip-stop polyester.
The inner tube is PVC, with a baffle down the middle of the tube.
There is an aluminium rib inside the bow and stern.
There are rubber moulded handles at each end and some elastic bungee lacing.
I think that covers everything!
How to use the AdvancedFrame Expedition Kayak
You can review the instruction manual here:
But my strong recommendation is that you take a look at the setup video:
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.
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!
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
- Double Action Hand Pump
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.
I would strongly suggest you use 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.
Advanced Elements come with a 3-year warranty on all kayaks and 90-days on all accessories. You can find details of this warranty 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 90-day “Try it on the Water” Returns means that if the kayak is not what you expected, you have 90 days after delivery to return the kayak for a FULL refund.
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.
For more shipping questions, check out https://ozinflatablekayaks.com.au/shipping/