Outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to add kayaking to their exercise routine need a watercraft that is lightweight and easily transported. They also need room to stow gear securely, with an eye toward load bearing capacity.
The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top rises to all of those challenges and adds durable construction to the mix. Here are a few of the pros and cons of owning the K1, as it is known for short.
Pros of the Sevylor QuickPak Coverless SOT:
Lightweight: Every outdoor enthusiast knows that weight is key to a successful hike or camping venture. The QuickPak weighs a scant 12 lbs, with the paddle and pump adding just under 5 lbs. The entire set-up weighs a total of 17 lbs and folds into a backpack configuration for easy transportation..
Easy set-up: Once you are waterside, you do not want to spend 30 minutes or more in the hot sun setting up. The K1 is equipped with a dual-action hand pump and will inflate in less than 10 minutes. After loading your gear, you may have less than 20 minutes between arrival and first stroke of the paddle.
Sturdy construction: No one wants their watercraft to deflate or tear while on the water. The QuickPak is made of 21 gauge PVC, strong enough to withstand submerged logs and the occasional rock. It is also designed with Sevylor’s patented Double Lock and Mini Double Lock valves to ensure that the craft does not deflate. This also makes it good for stable waters when you are trying to fish.
Comfortable and easy to handle: Some entry level inflatable watercraft are feel cramped when boarded, are a bit clunky to handle, and do not track well. The K1 is an exception. It is 8’8” long and 3′ wide, making it easy for beginners to handle. The pointed bow and tracking fin help novice paddlers keep the boat tracking true. The K1 is equipped with an adjustable backrest to help you stay comfortable.
Load bearing capacity: The Sevylor QuickPak can carry up to 400 lbs, making it ideal for people with larger frames or who want to carry gear to a camping destination. The cargo area in the fore is equipped with a strong web harness to secure any gear that you need to carry.
Unusual Features: The K1 includes a few features that you will not find in some of the more expensive inflatables on the market. They include an integrated cup-holder and an oar holder.
Before we jump into the cons, check out the additional video review from one particular user.
Cons of the Sevylor QuickPak Coverless SOT:
The main drawback to the K1 is that many reviewers say it does to track well if you are a small person. The complaint seems to be that the front of the craft moves a bit independently if you do not add some sort of weight.
The issue seems to come specifically from owners who weigh less than 175 lbs, but is easily remedied with a dumbbell weight or small backpack full of food and water. Unfortunately it’s not big enough for two people. The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top Kayak is the best at what it is designed to be: a small, lightweight personal watercraft. It tracks well in most instances, performs admirably in calm water or Class II rapids, and offers a great price point.
Undoubtedly, this may be the best entry level single person inflatable model on the market today.