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airvolution kayak ae1042 o + Airfusion Skeg 1 + double action hand pump with gauge ae2011 + collapsible kayak paddle orbit blade advanced elements ae2051 4
Price for all: $2,603.00

The Speedy AirFusion EVO Kayak

Goes Straight and Super Fast

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The streamlined design of the AirFusion Evo kayak makes it super fast.

In fact, it doesn’t even look like an inflatable kayak!

Advanced Elements have used drop-stitch technology in the walls to give it buoyancy and rigidity without being bulky. It’s so narrow, it cuts through the water easily.

The internal pole structure gives it a v-shaped hull, helping it to track straight through the water

Lightweight and Compact - Great for Travel and Storage

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There’s no point in having a compact, high performance kayak that is so heavy you can’t lift it!

Advanced Elements have used the latest technology in the AirFusion Evo to create an inflatable kayak that is both lightweight (only 14.5kg) AND durable.

Finally, a 4m high performance kayak that most people can lift by themselves.

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

Durable and Reliable

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Kayak Specifications

AirFusion EVO Kayak FAQs


It goes like a rocket!

If you are looking for an inflatable kayak that paddles like a hard-shell sea kayak, the AirFusion EVO kayak is amazing.

It’s long and narrow (not as stable as our other kayaks), with a beautiful hull shape and an optional skeg (definitely buy the skeg).

Paddles like a dream!

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If you get the optional skeg, it’s easy to keep it tracking straight.

If you do not get the skeg, it’s going to depend on your technique. If you are a beginner to kayaking, I would suggest getting some lessons with the AirFusion EVO kayak (or just buy the skeg).

airfusion evo kayak andy review

Only a little.

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 AirFusion EVO is a sit-in kayak, and it 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.

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The seat includes an inflatable bum cushion, which gives you some nice lift off the floor of the kayak. I’ve found this lift takes the pressure off the hamstrings and lower back.

The front thwart acts as a foot brace, which adds to your comfort by supporting your lower back as you paddle.

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The front thwart in the AirFusion EVO acts as a foot brace.

airfusion evo kayak foot brace

A lot of paddlers swear by foot braces for encouraging good paddling technique and for supporting the lower back.

The AirFusion EVO kayak has very good back support – the seat back is high and stiff with adjustable straps to get the angle right. It also includes an inflatable bum pad for comfort and lift.

What is the AirFusion EVO Kayak good for?

I would not recommend it.

The AirFusion EVO kayak is quite narrow, which means it is not really stable enough for an unpredictable element, like a dog.

I would not recommend it.

The AirFusion EVO kayak is quite narrow, which means it is not really stable enough for kayak fishing, where you may need to move suddenly.

I would not recommend it.

The AirFusion EVO kayak is quite narrow, which means it is not really stable enough for an unpredictable element, like a child.

I tried to take my daughter out in it once and we got about 20 metres out when she leaned over the side to look at something and I realised we needed to go straight back to shore!

We have customers that use it as a tender, but you need to understand that it’s not our most stable kayak and it has a cockpit that you need to get yourself in and out of… so in terms of entry and exit from a boat, it’s not the easiest choice we offer.

It’s fast and comfortable enough for anything from 1 hour to a multi-day trip.

For multi-day expeditions, you don’t have as much deck space for storage of gear, compared to the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite, which has a higher capacity and more storage space.

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But it’s still totally possible.


The AirFusion EVO kayak has inflatable coaming around the cockpit, so you can put on a spray skirt to stay warm and dry in cold conditions.

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The AirFusion EVO kayak 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 AirFusion EVO Kayak good for?

It’s not my first choice for a beginner, because it’s not super stable and not as easy to paddle straight without the skeg.

If a beginner was interested in the AirFusion EVO kayak, I would recommend buying the skeg, and either Youtubing kayaking technique or getting some actual kayak lessons. It won’t take long to master it and it’s a wonderful kayak – well worth it!

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In my experience, seniors are looking for a lightweight kayak, and at 14.5kg, the AirFusion EVO kayak is reasonably lightweight.

The other key features for seniors are stability and ease of getting in and out – the AirFusion EVO does NOT satisfy these criteria so well.

It’s a long, narrow kayak, which means it’s awesome to paddle, but less stable on the water, especially when getting in and out.

It has a fixed cockpit as well, so you need some flexibility to tuck your legs in.

The seniors I have sold it to in the past were experienced kayakers and could manage this, no problem.

So it’s really up to you! If you are not very tall, the cockpit probably won’t be an issue. If you give yourself some time and maybe lessons, the stability will come.

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It’s possible, but I would suggest going for a more stable kayak for your child.

It’s not our easiest kayak for getting in and out of, but I don’t think I would say it was difficult.

It’s less stable than our others, so you have to be a bit more careful, and it has a fixed cockpit, so if you have very long legs, it might be a struggle to tuck them in there.


It’s good up to about 6’2″, but beyond that, it becomes a struggle to tuck legs into the cockpit.

The maximum capacity is 106kg / 235lbs.


About the AirFusion EVO 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 PU tarpaulin and it is super thick and tough.

PU Tarpaulin Illustration 1 1The sides are high quality drop-stitch, also extremely tough:

AirVolution-Drop-Stitch-DetailIn the extremely rare case that you damage the hull, the kayak comes with a repair kit, so you can put on a patch.

The AirFusion EVO is a sit-in kayak.

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The cockpit has inflatable coaming so you can put on a spray skirt.

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The AirFusion EVO kayak is a solo kayak – this means it has seating for only 1 person.

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You could NOT fit two adults in it.

Deflated and packed dimensions are:

89cm x 53cm x 23cm

The weight is 14.5kg and the kayak comes with a durable duffel bag with detachable backpack straps.

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At 14.5kg, the AirFusion EVO Kayak is one of our lightest kayaks.

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

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The AirFusion EVO kayak is not super stable but it’s not super tippy either. It’s somewhere in the middle.

It is not stable enough for dogs, fishing or kids.

It does not have a fin included, but you can (and should) buy the AirFusion Skeg which will enhance the tracking.

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The Rudder Kit we sell is NOT compatible with the AirFusion EVO kayak.

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

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Yes, the Touring Spray Skirt can be fitted over the inflatable coaming to keep you warm and dry.

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• Bungee deck lacing

• Hybrid Aluminum Frame and High Pressure Drop-Stitch Air Chamber Design

• Inflatable Coaming for spray skirt attachment

• D-ring gear tie downs

• Roll-top rear storage access hatch

• Rubber molded handles

• Optional fixed skeg

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

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The sides are high quality drop-stitch.

AirVolution-Drop-Stitch-DetailThe floor inside is lightweight foam.

There is an aluminium rib frame structure than runs through the kayak.

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

The AirFusion EVO Kayak is manufacted by Advanced Elements (an American company), in their factory in Indonesia.

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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. 

The AirFusion EVO Kayak is a custom model, manufactured only for Oz Inflatable Kayaks in Australia.

How to use the AirFusion EVO Kayak

You can review the instruction manual here:

AirFusion EVO Kayak Instruction Manual

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

How to set up the AirFusion EVO Kayak AE1042-O from Advanced Elements

I’ve done it in 13 minutes, but realistically, you should allow 20 minutes.

You just take off the valve covers and set the valves to deflate. 

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

Once deflated, you might need to prop the ends up on something to slide the connecting pole off, so you can disassemble the pole structure (this will make more sense when you do it).

The outside of the kayak is PU tarpaulin, so you can just wipe it down with a towel.

On the inside, the seat and the thwarts have fabric, so you want to keep the inside dry if possible.

The best thing for this is to put an old towel inside the kayak when you go paddling. This prevents you bringing in a lot of water with your feet, and absorbs any drips.

The kayak comes with folding instructions and yes, it DOES go back in the bag!

What to buy

• Carrying Duffel Bag w/ Shoulder Straps

• Folding Inflatable Seat

• Repair Kit

• Owner’s Manual

I very strongly recommend the AirFusion Skeg.

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.

Pretty well any pump on the market capable of 6 PSI will work, but I would strongly suggest you purchase our Double Action Hand Pump with Gauge because it has all the right adapters and comes with a 12 month warranty.

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Yes! Check out the awesome Speed Demon Kayak Package:

Speed Demon Kayak Package KS6084

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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