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ADV ELEMENTS AirFusion Elite Kayak, Yellow

ADV ELEMENTS AirFusion Elite Kayak, Yellow

Description

The ADVANCED ELEMENTS AirFusion Elite Kayak is an upgraded version of the award-winning AirFusion Kayak. It aims to provide the performance and speed of skin-on-frame kayaks while simplifying the setup process. The AirFusion Elite boasts a streamlined setup compared to its predecessor, thanks to its unique design that combines aluminum alloy frame poles and pressurized air tubes. This innovative frame system results in a high-performance kayak.

One notable improvement in the AirFusion Elite is its wider beam of 28 inches. This wider beam enhances the kayak's stability in rough conditions and provides more storage capacity. The addition of a rear access hatch makes it convenient to access items stored under the deck. Despite its length of 13 feet and narrow beam, the AirFusion Elite remains a quick and nimble kayak that tracks like a rigid hard-shell.

  • Bungee deck lacing
  • Hybrid Aluminum frame and high-pressure air chamber design
  • Inflatable coaming for spray skirt attachment
  • Roll-top rear storage access hatch
  • Optional fixed skeg

Now let's address some frequently asked questions:

Q: How large is this kayak when packed? Could I get it into a large suitcase?

A: Yes, you can fit it into a large suitcase if it is spacious enough. The kayak comes with a soft case that works well when flying (as a checked bag). However, I have managed to pack it into a very large suitcase just to prove it can be done.

Q: Does this kayak need a splash skirt?

A: When paddling in windy and wavy conditions, using a sprayskirt is recommended. The standard Advanced Elements sprayskirts fit both the AirFusion and AirFusion Elite, as well as their Advanced Frame models. It is worth mentioning that the cockpits of these kayaks are larger than those found on most hard-shells, allowing for more comfortable exits in case of emergencies. Additionally, in cold weather, a spray skirt helps retain body warmth even when the conditions are calm.

Q: How would the AE1041 be for a 6'4" tall 205lb man?

A: The Elite kayak can comfortably accommodate your weight. However, your height may require you to push the front thwart far up into the bow. Using a paddle to push it up and ensuring proper alignment when inflating it should provide the necessary legroom. Alternatively, you could consider the AFX Expedition kayak, which has a higher weight capacity of up to 450 lbs. and an adjustable footrest to accommodate individuals up to 6' 6".

Q: Does it have a drop-stitch high-pressure floor?

A: No, the AirFusion Elite does not have a drop-stitch high-pressure floor. Instead, it features a dense foam floor pad. This pad, combined with the anodized inside keel, creates a "V" shape in the hull, improving tracking and speed. Rest assured, the Elite's design should bring you great joy on the water!

Things we like

  • The aluminum frame and many air chambers make up the hybrid structure of this product.
  • Sleek and lightweight, yet still sturdy and long-lasting.
  • It moves and reacts just like a conventional hard shell.
  • Because it can be folded up, it is convenient to carry and move about.
  • A variety of choices for onboard storage

Things we don't like

  • This kayak is the priciest option available on the list.
  • The setup may take more time than a standard inflatable kayak.

Frequently Asked Questions

how large is this when packed? could I get it into a large suitcase?

Yes if the suitcase is huge. It comes with a soft case that I use to fly with (as a checked bag only) but I did pack it into a very large suitcase once just to prove I could.

does this kayak need a splash skirt?

When paddling in wind and waves, yes, a sprayskirt is a good idea. The standard Advanced Elements sprayskirts fit the AirFusion, both the original and the Elite, and all their Advanced Frame models. This is good to know because their cockpits are larger (for "wet exits") than those found on most hard-shells, which can trap you with too snug a fit. In cold weather, a spray skirt helps keep body warmth inside the kayak and is useful even when conditions are calm.

How would the AE1041 be for a 6'4" tall 205lb man?

Your weight is fine for the Elite kayak. Your height will require you to push the front thwart far up into the bow. I use a paddle to push it up quite a way and then, when inflating it, check to be sure it is aligned properly side to side. If you do not push the thwart way up towards the bow, your legs will be hunched up. The other option is to go for the AFX Expedition kayak, which can take up to 450 lbs. (compared to the 235 lbs. of the AirFusion) and has a footrest that you can adjust for people even 6' 6", I should think.

does it have a drop stitch high pressure floor?

The AirFusion Elite does not have a drop-stitch high pressure floor. It uses a dense foam floor pad. That pad, over the anodized inside keel, imparts a "V" shape to the hull to improve tracking and speed. The Elite's design should make you a Happy Animal!