The worst day paddling beats the best day at work. Despite that, no one wants to have a bad day on the water our out fishing on the lake. The only way to avoid one is to have the right equipment, starting with a great kayak. If you are looking for a boat that combines hard-shell performance with the portability of an inflatable, the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak by Advanced Elements may be the craft for you.
Pros of the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak:
- Durability: No one wants to buy a boat that is easily destroyed by hidden objects or rocks. The AdvancedFrame Sport is made with a dense polyester outer layer, the main chamber is made with 30 gauge PVC, and it has a high density polyester inner cover. A repair kit is included for those few instances where one may be needed.
- Portability: When deflated, the Sport folds down to 31” x 18” x 8” and packs quickly into the included duffel bag along with the repair kit. The Sport only weighs 25 lbs, so the combination of low weight and tiny size allow it to be transported to any waterway with ease.
- Stowage and load bearing: You may worry that a 10.5′ craft may not be able to carry you and your gear. The Sport has a load capacity of 250 lbs, so it will handle most body frames. There is a bungee strapped stowage area on the bow and room to stow additional gear below deck.
- Easy to set-up: The AdvancedFrame Sport features high flow, twist-lok Spring valves so that it can be inflated quickly with any dual-action hand pump. Inflation generally takes less than 5 minutes under any conditions. You will need a little more time to adjust the aluminum bow and stern ribbing to make sure the boat tracks true. Still, unpack to water is less than 15 minutes.
- Comfortable cockpit: Since you are going to be spending a lot of time here, you want it to be as comfortable as possible. The Sport features a large cockpit for easy entry and re-boarding along with more legroom than other similarly sized ‘yaks.
- Tracking and stability: The Sport features a tracking fin, a feature that is not found on most other models. The rigid bow and stern formed by the aluminum ribbing allow the craft to slice the water more effectively, helping to keep you on track. Stability is usually dependent on the width of a boat. The Sport is 32” wide at the cockpit, so it is very stable.
Before we jump into the cons, we will look at a quick AdvancedFrame Sport video.
Cons of the AdvancedFrame Sport:
- Spray: You will take on spray while paddling no matter what you do. Frequently, this is reduced with a spray skirt, but there is no way to attach one to the Sport.
- Speed: Being lightweight, this craft takes off quickly, but the 32” width keeps it a bit slower than advanced paddlers would like.
- Water conditions: The Sport is only suited for flat water or occasional wakes and is not intended for two people.
Overall, the AdvancedFrame Sport Kayak by Advanced Elements is perfectly suited for what it is designed to be: an entry level, easily transported recreational kayak. If you are looking to leisurely paddle around a local lake, this is the boat for you.