What is the Best Inflatable Kayak to buy in the UK?

INTEX Explorer Inflatable Kayak

What is the Best Inflatable Kayak to buy in the UK?

INTEX Challenger K2 Kayak

Say goodbye to winter and get ready to greet spring. Whilst the temperature is beginning to warm up and lighter evenings are approaching, it is the perfect time to plan excursions. Are you going kayaking? An inflatable kayak could be a good option, but which is the best? Here at HandiWorld, we provide high-quality inflatable Kayaks, and we think they’re all pretty good.

Here’s our guide to what to look for in an inflatable kayak…

So, which inflatable kayak is the best?

We don’t know about the best but we really like the INTEX Challenger Kayak K1 and K2. They’re ideal for both those kayakers who are experienced and those at beginner level.

Although kayaking may seem like a challenging activity to maintain, this inflatable kayak is specially designed to better those who are unexperienced. Buying the right kayak that’s suitable for your level of experience is important because you can learn how to Kayak effectively. Let’s face it, there is no pleasure in struggling! On the other hand, for those who are more advanced, this kayak is well equipped with all the essentials to meet your needs, therefore you don’t have to go through the hassle of buying them separately.

There is a choice of buying either the K1 or the K2. If you like to paddle solo, then the INTEX Challenger K1 Kayak is ideal for you.

Whereas if you prefer to paddle with a friend, then you should choose the INTEX Challenger K2 Kayak.

They both have plenty of room for your legs if like to stretch and move them around. If you get uncomfortable easily from being sat down for some time, don’t worry – this kayak has supportive seats with backrests. The K1 and K2 include 1 x high out-put pump and 1 x 220cm aluminium oar.

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Where to use an inflatable kayak?

The INTEX Challenger Kayak is suitable for lakes and mild rivers.

Unsure on where’s best to go? Why not go kayaking at Anglesey in Wales, Cragside in Northumberland, or even on the West Coast of Scotland? With a breath-taking scenery and plenty to explore, these three destinations are at the top of the list of places to visit in the UK. Looking for other options? Then visit NationalTrust.org. There are plenty more great recommendations of places that’s worth visiting.

If you’re planning on visiting a large area and worried about paddling away from your group, don’t panic. You can easily spot the bright vibrant green that features on the kayak from a long-distance. Even though it seems that you’re a mile away from each other, seeing the colour means that you’re closer than you thought!

How easy is it to use an inflatable kayak?

Inflatable kayaks weigh lightly on top of the water which makes it much easier to direct and control when you’re kayaking towards your target destination. Also, the turning radius is simpler because there is less effort to put in.

If you’re a beginner, the lightness of this kayak will make easy for you to develop your kayaking skills. As for the experienced, you’ll find kayaking in the INTEX Challenger an absolute joy!

If you first-timers are wanting more in-depth information about kayaking, Seeker.com offers plenty of guidance with this article Kayaking for beginners – what you need to know.

How to transport an inflatable kayak?

Transporting an inflatable kayak is very straight forward. If the kayak is uninflated stored in its case, then you can place it in the boot or back of your car. Or, if it’s inflated you can tie it down to a rack on top of your vehicle. Make sure the kayak is laid on a side to avoid complications and help secure it. Haven’t got a roof rack? We have a range of great quality inflatable roof rack bundle offers.

Once you have arrived at your destination, you will then have to transport the kayak through using a kart by hand to travel from your car to the water. Using a kart is a smart way to move your kayak as you’ll avoid damaging it and it’s effortless to move. Not got a kart? No problem! We have the HandiKart kayak trolley.

What are the advantages of inflatable kayaks?

Easier to transport and store

Inflatable kayaks are lighter than fibre-glass kayaks so are much more portable. Room is less of an issue as they don’t use much of it up once deflated. Setting up an inflatable kayak is hassle-free, all you need to do is attach the pump to the air pipe; no fixing pieces together or building is involved.

Better value

If you’re on a budget, buying an inflatable is cost effective as they’re much less expensive compared to fibre-glass kayaks. Although inflatable kayaks are not particularly fragile, they are easy to repair and cheaper if you do happen to have an accident. All you need to do is plaster on the repair patch to the kayak, and you’re ready to paddle again.

When you’re wanting to make the most of your leisure time but are limited on space and budget, an inflatable kayak could be a great investment. Have a look at our range of inflatable boats and kayaks and get out there!

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