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AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite

AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite

Description

Title: ADVANCED ELEMENTS AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite

Description: Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Inflatable Kayak - The versatile AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite inflatable kayak can be paddled solo or tandem, and open or closed deck. The design of this kayak combines a rigid bow and stern rib-frame design with a rigid drop-stitch floor to provide paddling performance that rivals a hard-shell kayak.

Description:

  • Duffle Bag with removable shoulder straps and 2 Folding Seats
  • kayaks for improved paddling performance.
  • Integrated Pressure Relief Valve in Floor
  • Inflatable Coaming for Spray Skirt Attachment
  • Durable Double Coated Rip-stop Fabric
  • Bungee Deck Lacing. 3 Layers of material for extreme puncture resistance

What is the difference between this one and the AE1007-R model?

The Elite model comes with the drop stitch floor. The seats are also better with thicker padding on the bottom.

Does this also come with the upgraded seats that have lumbar?

Yes, ours did. The seats have a hose you blow into the inflate the lumbar support. Very simple and effective to use. The upgraded seats also have a thicker seat cushion.

I need a replacement part. Where can I order caps for the air valves? One has been lost.

I suggest you go to the Advanced Elements website and contact them about parts. I did this when a gauge failed on my pump and their customer service to replace the gauge was great.

Pump included?

Pump adapters were included, but not the pump.

Things we like

  • First, the AE1007 AdvancedFrame kayak has an advanced frame design that allows it to paddle more like a hardshell kayak than one might expect from looking at it. As part of its "advanced frame," AE1007-R AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak has built-in aluminum ribs in the bow and the stern to increase rigidity and tracking capability.
  • There is a "convertible" part to the kayak, which comes from its ability to convert from a tandem kayak to a solo kayak with just a few adjustments. AE1007-R AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak can be converted into a tandem kayak with two seat positions forward and aft for tandem paddling and one seat in the middle for solo paddling.
  • An essential difference between the middle position and many other tandem kayaks is that it can be converted to solo kayaks, particularly if the front seat is removed and a paddle is used from the rear kayak. When paddling a 15-foot kayak, paddling from the middle will provide much better control than floating from the ends.
  • Users love the looks of AE1007 AdvancedFrame kayaks, even though it might seem trivial. It is one of the most attractive inflatable kayaks I have ever seen (in my best Fat Bastard voice). With a length of 15 feet, you will find plenty of storage and legroom traveling in this RV! Aside from that, it's equipped with a 550-pound weight capacity, which puts most traditional kayaks to shame.

Things we don't like

  • There aren't many negative reviews about the AE1007 AdvancedFrame kayak, but a few have taken the time to complain about the storage bag being a big issue. It's barely big enough to fit your kayak after using it, and it's more like an oversized tote bag than a convenient and dependable carry-on bag. The strappings are not long enough to take it over the shoulder, so carrying it by hand is a hassle.
  • A negative aspect of this inflatable kayak is that it is a bit heavy for a kayak in the inflatable category, weighing in at 56 pounds. There are better inflatable kayaks out there if you're looking for a lightweight alternative to traditional kayaks if you're looking for an inflatable option.
  • As well as paddles, pumps, and optional backbones and frames, you may need to pay extra for some extras that turn a reasonably-priced kayak into a higher-priced kayak after adding extras.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between this one and the AE1007-R model?

The Elite model comes with the drop stitch floor. The seats are also better with thicker padding on the bottom.

Does this also come with the upgraded seats that have lumbar?

Yes, ours did. The seats have a hose you blow into the inflate the lumbar support. Very simple and effective to use. The upgraded seats also have a thicker seat cushion.

I need a replacement part. Where can I order caps for the air valves? One has been lost.

I suggest you go to the Advanced Elements website and contact them about parts. I did this when a gauge failed on my pump and their customer service to replace the gauge was great.

Pump included?

Pump adapters were included, but not the pump.