Inflatable vs Solid Kayak: Which are the best?

When buying a kayak, there are several factors that you should consider. You will need to think about the type of kayak you need for the type of activity you will be using it for. The first question you should ask is, should you buy an inflatable or a solid/hard-shell kayak? There are numerous opinions on both types of kayaks. We have compiled a list of the pros and cons:

Solid Kayaks

Pros of Solid Kayaks

  • Stable and easy to maneuver
  • Great handling characteristics
  • No setup required
  • Require less maintenance
  • Very fast because they are rigid and stable

Cons of Solid Kayaks

  • Difficult to transport because of their size and weight
  • Require large storage space

Inflatable Kayaks

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Pros of Inflatable Kayaks

  • Easy to transport because they are small and light
  • Easy to store in small storage spaces

Cons of Inflatable Kayaks

  • Cannot match the speed of a rigid kayak
  • Require more maintenance because there is a possibility of a puncture
  • They are not water-ready. You need to inflate them before venturing into the sea

Have a look at our range of solid kayaks here!