Here Are 19 Portable Kayaks To Get You Into The Water

Portable Kayaks

Abigail ScottByAbigail Scott
Updated on 8/13/2022

This summer, if you've been looking for ways to spend time outside while still having fun, you probably have a good idea of where I'm going with this. Kayaking is an excellent activity for maintaining physical fitness, getting out on the water, gaining a fresh point of view on familiar surroundings, and maintaining a social distance from other people. You can always spray them with water if someone goes a little too near, and that would be the equivalent of firing over the bow in maritime law if fired from a kayak. (Probably.)

But for those who live in urban settings, transporting a kayak about and finding a place to store it hasn't been a workable option, at least not until very late. The advent of inflatable or collapsible portable kayaks has made it possible to transport these watercraft in the back of a car and then stow them away in a closet when they are not in use (or leave them in the trunk of your car like this editor). As a result, we felt it was our duty to evaluate many of the most well-known portable kayaks on the market right now, covering a range of prices and offering varying degrees of challenge. 

Under $500

Intex Challenger K1

Intex Challenger K1

  • $95
    For the hard worker who wants to relax and have some fun in the sun on the weekend

Inflatables are not foreign territory for Intex, and they manufacture various inflatable goods, ranging from boats and air beds to air pools and mattresses. This kayak won't get you over Class V rapids on a river, but it will provide countless hours of entertainment on the lake. The K1 is constructed from heavy-duty vinyl to protect against bumps and tiny pebbles. It comes with everything you need to start rolling, including an aluminum oar, a pump, and a repair kit, just in case.

Intex Challenger Kayak Inflatable Set with Aluminum Oars
4.4/5
90%
Easy to inflate
86%
Maneuverability
80%
Leg room
78%
Stability

Two-Person Inflatable Kayak From Intex Named The Explorer K2

Intex Explorer K2 Two-Person Inflatable Kayak

  • $140 
    You can go kayaking with someone you care about, a close friend, or even someone you just met.

The K2 from Intex is an excellent choice for married couples considering taking kayaking but want to get their feet wet first (pun intended). The primary selling factor for this product is that a robust tandem kayak together with a pump and oar is included in the purchase price. It is ideally suited for use in situations with flat water, such as leisure paddles and simply lounging in the sun. According to one of the owners, "When you remove both seats, two persons may easily sit on the inflatable floor facing each other and spend a leisurely day on the water." How about that for a romantic gesture? I'm serious when I ask you this because I have no idea.

Tucktec Foldable Kayak

Tucktec Foldable Kayak

  • $350

This product can benefit anglers and campers who use their cars to fish and camp.

The Tucktec is reminiscent of a paddle that Lara Croft may have used in the 1996 Playstation edition of Tomb Raider. However, because of how it is designed, this kayak has excellent agility, stability, and speed. It is fitted with "carbon-fiber reinforced fold lines" that "will not rip, pierce, or split. Ever." and weighs only 28 pounds. It can go from folded to functioning in under two minutes.

Rave Sports Molokai Inflatable Kayak

Rave Sports Molokai Inflatable Kayak

  • $399

For those who are young or who are searching for a good time on the lake:

The Rave kayak is not at all designed for long-distance paddling or paddling in harsh weather; nevertheless, if you are looking for a kayak that is difficult to flip, has bottle storage, and can accommodate two people, this is the kayak for you. When using it at the cabin, deflate it and store it in the sturdy carrying bag until the next time you use it. In addition to that, you will receive a pump and two portable paddles.

Aquaglide Noyo 90 Inflatable Kayak

Aquaglide Noyo 90 Inflatable Kayak

  • $450

This is the board for you if you're a solo paddler searching for a comfortable and secure ride in an enclosed cockpit.

This kayak has a length of nine feet, is fully inflated, has a cockpit cover, a fast release fin, zip pockets for dry storage, and D-rings for gear storage. Additionally, it is just for single paddlers, so if you want to bring a friend with you, you should get two of them at this discounted price.

Under $1,000

Kokopelli's Moki I Inflatable Kayak

Kokopelli's Moki I Inflatable Kayak

  • $799

Flatwater, rivers, and oceans—something there's for everyone who wants it all.

The adaptability of the Moki I is what makes it such an appealing product. This specific watercraft is equipped to handle the challenges posed by the river or the ocean due to the kayak's high-denier construction, which translates as "durable" and "thick and sturdy." It has a spacious cockpit with plenty of places for your belongings and three air chambers, so even if something goes wrong, you can be assured that you will remain above water. The Moki measures a length of 12 feet and a weight of 37 pounds, and oars are available independently.

Aquaglide McKenzie 125 Inflatable Kayak

Aquaglide McKenzie 125 Inflatable Kayak

  • $1000

For individuals who enjoy navigating whitewater rapids with a companion. while paddling a kayak

Whitewater rafting fans who wish to invite a friend along for the ride will find the McKenzie an excellent option. You should do this; after all, why else would you go whitewater rafting by yourself? You won't ever have to worry about it again now that you have this kayak. It is 12 feet in length, has enough space for two people, is made of durable material (so it won't pop or break on you), has four mesh drains for efficient water removal, and is created of durable material. The only drawback is that? If you wish to bring a buddy along for the voyage, you will need to pay for an additional seat. Oh, look, it is there in front of you.

The Oru Inlet.

The Oru Inlet.

  • $899

For the individual who is interested in purchasing a portable kayak of a reputable brand at an entry-level price point

Oru is a pioneering brand of portable kayaks in the business. Oru's Inlet is their entry-level and most affordable kayak model, and it is geared for leisure paddlers who want to spend their time paddling around lakes or mangroves (read: flatwater). It is also the shortest kayak they produce at 10 feet, but it is still manufactured with the same high-quality materials as the rest of their portfolio despite its shorter length. The most outstanding feature is that you can take it from the trunk of your car to being ready to use with water in under five minutes.

Oru Kayak Foldable Kayak - Stable, Lightweight Folding Kayaks
4.3/5
98%
Light weight
92%
Easy to assemble
88%
Portability
84%
Comfort
80%
Value for money
56%
Durability

Kayak By Advanced Elements Called The StraitEdge

Kayak By Advanced Elements Called The StraitEdge

  • $759

If you want to go whitewater rafting on class III rapids followed by fishing afterward, you'll love this.

That's correct, the inflatable StraitEdge can navigate rapids as brutal as Class III, and it is outfitted with bungee deck lacing to ensure that all of your stuff stays in place as you move through the water. And because you will most likely be hungry after waging war against Mother Nature, bring your fishing pole with you and store it in one of the built-in rod holders while you secure a drift anchor to one of the steel D rings. It is around 10 feet long, weighs 34 pounds, and comes with a seat, a repair kit, and a duffel bag for carrying it after the day is done.

Kayak Fishing Using The Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler.

Kayak Fishing Using The Advanced Elements StraitEdge Angler.

  • $870

For those who genuinely like the AE StraitEdge but felt that it should have been optimized for fishing a little bit more:

With the Angler, you will have a more oversized frame for increased stability, an accessory frame on the bow (for attaching your tackle and gear), and bungee lacing at the bow and stern to keep your belongings (read: cooler) securely throughout the day. If you want to use your kayak for fishing, you should purchase one with a fishing seat.

The Raven is known as STAR.

The STAR Raven

  • $995

Rapids are the perfect activity for anybody looking for some excitement on the whitewater.

It's hard to believe, but this is an inflatable kayak, and it's capable of managing Class IV rapids. The Raven has a self-bailing construction, which means that any water that gets in will flow straight back out, as well as an advanced-formula PVC material that offers high abrasion resistance and air retention. These qualities contribute to the fact that the water will not pool within the backpack. Are you feeling unsure about your ability to handle Class IV rapids? It would be best if you weren't concerned about it. This little boat is perfect for a day of relaxing on the water in whichever body of water you choose. In terms of dimensions, it measures 9 feet in length and weighs 38 pounds.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

  • $650

Paddlers are looking for some extra space and speed on their own.

Even though it is 11 feet long, the Deschutes is designed to accommodate just one paddler. However, the additional space is ideal for storing your equipment for the day, such as a cooler, fishing pole, dry bag, or even another inflatable kayak. This particular model features a Duratex structure and an EVA bottom, which, in a nutshell, means that it is not only lightweight but also highly robust and swift in the water.

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

Single-Person Inflatable Kayak From Advanced Elements

Single-Person Inflatable Kayak From Advanced Elements

  • $649

Those seeking a watercraft for one person that paddles like a plastic kayak but has the comfort of sitting on an air mattress might consider this option.

There isn't a tremendous difference between AE's tandem kayak and their single-person kayak. Aside from the fact that this is just for one person, the length and weight differences will most likely be the most striking ones. The length of the single is just ten feet, compared to fifteen feet, and it only weighs thirty-six pounds. But despite this, it still has all of the desirable characteristics, such as storage for fishing equipment or coolers, a strengthened hull, and an inflated cockpit coaming that allows for the additional installation of a sprayskirt.

Inflatable Tandem Kayak From The Advanced Elements Brand

Inflatable Tandem Kayak From The Advanced Elements Brand

  • $979

Those who paddle alone and want a bit more room for themselves, or those who wish to invite a friend along

The pricing point of AE's tandem kayak places it among the top tandem kayaks currently available. The multi-chamber inflatable hull is one of its significant characteristics, and it assures the vessel's safety and dependability on the water if something goes wrong (it will remain floating). It is advised that you keep this one on flat water, but I'd be willing to bet that you would be fine in the bay or ocean as long as the weather permits. The entire thing is packed in a duffel bag with a weight capacity of 55 pounds, and you will be responsible for purchasing a pump and an oar separately.

Above $1,000

Oru Beach Limited Train

Oru Beach Limited Train

  • $1199

For the explorer who spends their nights in the city but makes their home in the wilderness

If you go around the internet, you won't have any trouble finding people praising Oru's range of folding kayaks to the highest possible degree. Their products' longevity, quality, and condensability are the cornerstones of their business. The Beach is one of the most well-known locations on Oru; it has a length of 12 feet, and the cockpit has additional storage room for a cooler or fishing gear. Flatwater conditions will bring forth its full potential (lakes, slow-moving rivers, etc.).

Oru Kayak Foldable Kayak - Stable, Lightweight Folding Kayaks
4.3/5
98%
Light weight
92%
Easy to assemble
88%
Portability
84%
Comfort
80%
Value for money
56%
Durability

The Oru Coast XT Is In Play.

The Oru Coast XT Is In Play.

  • $1999

For individuals who would rather spend the day sailing across the broad ocean than relaxing on the shore of a lake

Oru's most seaworthy model is the Coast XT, which was designed with both velocity and balance. Although it is 16 feet long when unfolded, it can be folded up to be stored in a backseat or car trunk. The kayak has deck lines that can hold gear in place — for fishing or picnicking, for example — and it has a reinforced polypropylene shell that can withstand gliding over rocks or hitting underwater obstacles that you might not be able to see. These features make the kayak ideal for fishing and picnicking. In addition, the construction of the Coast makes it roll readily in the case that it tips over while you are riding the waves.

Oru Kayak Foldable Kayak - Stable, Lightweight Folding Kayaks
4.3/5
98%
Light weight
92%
Easy to assemble
88%
Portability
84%
Comfort
80%
Value for money
58%
Durability

Kayak By Advanced Elements Called The AirFusion EVO

Kayak By Advanced Elements Called The AirFusion EVO

  • $1399

For experienced paddlers who like to spend a few days experiencing the outdoors on the river (or one very long grueling day)

The EVO is a fully functional inflatable expedition kayak with all the bells and whistles. However, it has the mobility of a soft shell but has the feel of a hard surface. Bungee deck lacing, inflated coaming (for when you wish to install a spray skirt), D-ring gear tie downs, rear storage, and an aluminum frame reinforced by air chambers are some of the key features. It has a total of 12 feet in length but is just two feet broad, making for a paddling experience that is both easy and swift, whether you are simply paddling around on the lake or want to paddle some distance offshore.

Pakayak Bluefin 142 Kayak

Pakayak Bluefin 142 Kayak

  • $1995

Those individuals interested in paddling out in a portable kayak constructed of "plastic resin that has been particularly designed for the kayak business."

Pakayak is responsible for developing a novel style of portable kayak that collapses into discrete plastic components that, when stowed, nestle snugly into one another like Russian dolls yet, when assembled, forge an airtight bond. You get a sturdy kayak designed to handle the waves of the ocean, but it can be folded up into itself and stashed away in your closet if you don't need it right away. The entire concept is very brilliant. Getting the carrying case from the parking lot to the launch pad will be a pleasure, thanks to the wheels included in the design of the carrying bag.

Aquaglide Chelan 120 HB Inflatable Kayak

Aquaglide Chelan 120 HB Inflatable Kayak

  • $1100

It is designed for paddlers who wish to explore longer paddling distances and experience more challenging adventures on the water.

The Chelan is the best choice if you're looking for quickness and agility. The kayak is 12 feet long, providing you with a long waterline, a flat rocker, and a delicate piercing bow in addition to these features. All of this points to the fact that the object in question moves quickly through the water. Although it does not have a covered cockpit, the kayak is intended to keep water out of the inside while you paddle. A seat (with an adjustable air cushion), mesh storage pockets, and integrated rod holders (more fishing!) are also included with the Chelan.

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