It’s a little tough buying your first Folding Kayak. There are lots of questions: Are you buying the right style? Are you paying too much? What if you get the wrong one? Our intent here is to help you make a good choice when you are shopping for and buying a folding kayak.
A Portable Folding Kayak is a collapsible boat made of fabric stretched over either a wood or aluminum frame. A Folding Kayak is very capable boat that is at home in many styles of paddling. Create your own epic adventures when used for recreational paddling, touring, fishing, etc., and these kayaks usually have ample storage.
Thousands of years ago the Eskimos made the first kayaks out of whalebone wood and seal skin opening up a new world of personal adventure on the seas. Fashioned on the same principals as their Arctic ancestors, today they're engineered with a lighter frame enclosed in a durable puncture resistant PVC skin. Foldables are remarkably tough, flexible, stable and seaworthy, but lack a bit of the speed and performance of a hardshell. Folding boats have the advantage of easy portability and storage.
Some Key Points of a Folding Kayak:
The size varies between 8' to over 17'.
They actually assemble very quickly depending on the design and manufacturer.
They have a hard bottom that is inserted into the cockpit.
They are manufactured as single or tandem models.
They fold into a case that contains the framing, PVC cover and even the collapsible paddle.
Best of all, it fits inside the trunk of a car.
This is a nice choice for those who have space and weight concerns - they travel wherever you go, even on an airplane!
The frames and skin are hightech and have been designed for easy assembly. After you've assembled a folding kayak a few times, like putting up a tent, it gets easier and easier to get them together and ready for the water.
There are several manufacturers such as ADVANCED ELEMENTS, BIC Sport, FoldLite, and Pakboats. The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak caught my attention a short time ago. I was very impressed with the simple design and how quickly they were assembled. If you are wanting to save storage space and looking for a quality product, check this boat out, you will have years of enjoyment with one of these. With it's inflatable frame structure when stored it is very compact, it is a wonderful Folding Kayak.