I’m looking at these kayaks that pack down enough to fit into one or two pieces of checked luggage (along with other travel gear). My expected use is going to mostly be in Europe, kayaking coastal waters, fjords, and Class I & II rivers. Any advice or alternatives much appreciated.
AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite AE1007-E inflatable kayak
- Price: $1000 ($1200 w/ single & double decks, $1500 w/ decks and rudder)
- Length: 15ft
- Weight: 52 lbs
- Capacity: 550 lbs
- Dropstitch floor & aluminum frames in bow & stern.
- Optional solo and tandem decks.
- Optional rudder.
- Replaceable bladders in a ripstop canvas shell.
- Internal bladders are more difficult to clean and dry.
- Optional decks and rudder drive up the price.
Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Pro Package inflatable kayak
- Price: $1100
- Length: 12.5 ft
- Weight: 40 lbs
- Capacity: 750 lbs
- Dropstitch floor.
- Single layer design is lightweight and easy to maintain. Also extremely tough (can be run over by a jeep).
- 16 drain holes allows for use in heavy weather and whitewater.
- Lightest and smallest of the three kayaks, could probably pack it and gear down to one piece of checked luggage and a carry-on.
- No deck or rudder options.
- Shorter length may not track as well as the other, longer kayaks.
- Bladders not repairable if there is a catastrophic tear.
Neris Smart Pro Tandem Expedition hybrid folding/inflatable kayak
- Price: $1800
- Length: 17.5 ft
- Weight: 58.2 lbs
- Capacity: 551 lbs
- Full aluminum frame.
- Maintains hull integrity even if bladders deflate.
- Expedition package includes deck and rudder.
- Heaviest of the three kayaks.
- Most time-consuming to setup.
- Full frame means it will be the most difficult to pack for air travel.