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Drop-Stitch Floor for AdvancedFrame Kayaks

Drop-Stitch Floor for AdvancedFrame Kayaks
If you want a no-fuss way to improve the speed and tracking of your AdvancedFrame or AdvancedFrame Sport inflatable kayak, the high-pressure Drop-Stitch floor is amazing.  It can take up to 6PSI of pressure, giving you exceptional rigidity. It’s also ruggedly durable – ideal for fishing and dogs. *No ETA yet


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drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks


Advanced Elements have taken drop-stitch technology and used it to create rigid, high-pressure floors for the AdvancedFrame line of inflatable kayaks.

You can see from this image that the high pressure DS floor creates a kayak hull with corners (called chines).

The chines make the kayak track straighter.

The high pressure floor spreads the weight of the paddlers more evenly, so the hull is flatter and glides better through the water.

Easy to Install

It’s easy to install – simply replace the original floor with the DS floor and you are ready to inflate.

NOTE – the DS floor can NOT be inflated with the Bellows Foot Pump – you must use a pump that can achieve the 6 PSI required, such as the Double Action Hand Pump with Gauge.

drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks
drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks


The drop-stitch floor is like sitting on an inflatable SUP.

If you’ve never sat on an inflatable SUP, click here to buy the Hula11. Just kidding…

It feels like sitting on high density foam. There is a bit of give to it, but I wouldn’t call it a cushion.


The Drop-stitch floor can stay inside your inflatable kayak when you fold it up. You can then pack up your kayak into it’s bag. It’s a bit more bulky than the regular floor, but about the same weight.


drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks
drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks


Advanced Elements use Korean drop-stitch because it is the best. It’s more expensive than Chinese drop-stitch, but it’s worth paying for. You don’t want to be putting very high pressure into something that doesn’t have the best seams, the best stitching and the thickest materials.

Quality is guaranteed with a 90 day manufacturer’s warranty from Advanced Elements

Drop-Stitch Floor vs Backbone

How does the Drop-Stitch Floor compare to the Backbone?

Excellent question! This awesome video from Paddling & Pedaling Florida Adventures explains the differences.

Click here for a review of the Backbone vs Drop-Stitch Floor

NOTE – you can’t use them together!!!

drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks
drop stitch floor for advancedframe kayaks

Floor Specifications

For AdvancedFrame Convertible


COMPATIBLE WITH: AE1007-R – AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak


WEIGHT: 3.2kg


BRAND: Advanced Elements

For AdvancedFrame Kayak & AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak


COMPATIBLE WITH: AE1012 – AdvancedFrame or AE1017 – AdvancedFrame Sport


WEIGHT: 1.3kg


BRAND: Advanced Elements

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Douglas S.

Drop Stitch floor

At 105 kgs and 70 yrs old I found the supplied filter for the advanced frame was not rigid enough, and getting in and out often led to water ingress. Using the DSF added much better rigidity and prevents the tipping of the sides while exiting & entering. Plus it seems a little faster one the water and more stable. I would recommend this as an upgrade.

Kevin A.

Great product

Makes a big difference you might loose a little comfort as the floor is a lot harder and there is a little less foot room but it improves the already pretty good manners of the boat

William L.

Drop stitch floor

The drop stitch is a great accessory to have. It make the kayak lot more rigid and lovely to paddle.

Sally O.

Advanced Elements Drop Stitch Floor

The drop stitch floor is an excellent addition to my Sports Kayak. I sit higher, the kayak is more rigid and faster and my paddle stroke is easier because I'm higher. Thanks for your advice, Emily, so glad I bought it.

John W.

Drop stitch floor.

You have to go the extra mile and get yourself one of these, they make an incredible difference all round, and are pretty well dog proof.

Australia Australia

Advanced Element Kayak Drop-Stitch Floor

The drop stitch floor makes the kayak floor much solid and much better for kayaking . I can paddle much faster than before. It help me a lot to get in and out from the kayak. I use an Advanced Element Hand pump to pump up the floor only up to 3 psi , I do not have strength to push it up further. A electric pump could do a better job, However 3 PSI is good enough for me to enjoy my padding . It is an excellent product.

Frances R.

Advanceframe and advanceframe sports kayaks with dropstitch floors

I have an advanceframe sports kayak which I purchased in October last year. It was great for me but my husband was too heavy for it so we purchased an advanceframe for him. He was happier with that one but was still getting wet, it was suggested to us by a kayaking teacher that we needed to increase the air pressure in our floors, as we thought we’d pumped them to capacity we decided to try the drop stitch floors instead, this worked much better and we are now enjoying our kayaks much more. We are both novices and look extremely awkward getting in and out of our kayaks but looking better on the water thanks to the drop stitch floors. We did need to buy a 12v pump to inflate the floors, our foot pump from our kayaks was not able to inflate the floors. We have not had a problem packing them back into their respective bags with the new floors, which we thought we may have. Hope this review helps in some way if you the reader are considering purchasing any of these products.

Oz Inflatable Kayaks Drop-Stitch Floor for AdvancedFrame Kayaks Review
Rob A.

Kayak and Service

I bought an AF kayak and was delighted. I then decided to add the 'Backbone'. After I got it I changed my mind and decided I'd prefer the Drop Stitch as it better fitted how I used my Kayak. Through all this Emily has been a star supplier. Great service. Great support and the Kayak is super - just love it.