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It’s an exhilarating feeling, paddling out into open ocean, with nothing but water between you and the horizon. To rise to the challenge, you need the Open Ocean Kayak Package. It has the right kayak and the right accessories for you to have a confident and exciting sea kayaking experience. The basis of this package is the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite inflatable kayak with the RapidUp Sail, so you can let the sea breeze do the work for you! See below for why the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite inflatable kayak is ideal as a sea kayak for use in open ocean.
Who is the Open Ocean Kayak Package for?
Paddlers who need (or want) a portable kayak and
Here’s why this kayak is ideal as a sea kayak for use in open ocean:
In open ocean, the water is moving a lot more than in flat water and it moves your kayak around under you. If you are in a very narrow kayak, it can take a lot of concentration, core strength and energy just to prevent capsizing. For most people, this just isn’t a lot of fun! A stable kayak will allow you to sit back and relax from time to time, and to concentrate on your paddle stroke, rather than on staying upright.
The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak is an enclosed sit-in kayak, rather than an exposed sit-on-top kayak. The cockpit is narrow with inflatable coaming, so you get quite a bit of protection from splash. If you want even more protection, you can attach the skirt to the coaming to keep the water out and the warmth in. This gives you the freedom to go kayaking even in choppy or very cold water.
Fast and Straight
Cuts through Chop
The patented AdvancedFrame bow and stern cut through chop easily.
Often when you are sea kayaking, you are on the water for long stretches without a break on dry land to stretch your legs. It is therefore SUPER important that you are comfortable. The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak has an adjustable foot rest and a high back seat with adjustable lumbar support – magic for your back!
There is heaps of deck space, heaps of D-rings and bungee lacing and a huge weight capacity, so if you are thinking of gearing up for a multi-day expedition, load ‘em up!
The D-rings and bungee on the decks allow you to attach various items for safety (eg EPIRB, PLB), navigation (eg smart phone) , or assisted paddling (eg the awesome RapidUp Sail).
AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak Specifications
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.
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
• 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.
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's included & 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
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 https://ozinflatablekayaks.com.au/30-day-satisfaction-guarantee/ for details.
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