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Intex Kayak Set w/ Aluminum Oars

Intex Kayak Set w/ Aluminum Oars

Description

Intex Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars is a nimble and durable kayak made of welded material that ensures long-lasting use. It features eye-catching graphics, guaranteeing added safety on the lake or slow-moving river.

The cockpit of this kayak is specifically designed for comfort and maximized space. The inflatable I-beam floors add stability, providing a secure and enjoyable experience. Additionally, the removable skeg enhances exceptional directional movement.

Equipped with a cargo net, this kayak allows you to conveniently store extra gear. It also features a grab line on both ends, ensuring easy handling. The inflatable seat with backrest offers comfort throughout your adventure.

This kayak comes with an 84-inch aluminum oar, a repair patch, and a hi-output manual hand pump. The rugged vinyl construction guarantees durability, making it suitable for various water environments.

With measurements of 30 by 15 by 108 inches (W x H x D), this kayak weighs 27.2 pounds. It has a maximum capacity of 220 pounds, ensuring stability and safety during your water journeys.

I had the same question and this setup video was super helpful for me: https://youtu.be/6sKhIEEFxSY b/c u can watch a high school girl inflate and assemble everything in real-time (shows you how do-able it really is). Personally, I was getting confused hearing everyone's opinion on how long it would take, but watching someone, I could judge a lot easier :) I've found that just the Kayak can be inflated in about 3 min. And then inflating the other items, assembling the paddle, etc. can all be done in about 7-8 min or under 10 min no problem. And one helpful trick when deflating it is to approach it like you're rolling air out of an air mattress. Doing that works a lot better than trying to fold up the Kayak to get the air out. Hope that helps!

I've now had this particular kayak for 3 years, and I had the model right before it for 2 years(gave it to a friend). Both have held up wonderfully to everything, including being beached and scooting myself and the kayak across the shallow rocks. I've run into twigs and branches, over submerged logs and snails, and run into other sharp edges with absolutely no cuts or tears, no slow leaks. And not only am I not easy on this thing, I myself weigh 40 lbs over the weight limits, and I usually carry 20-30 lbs of stuff with me on it. I absolutely love this thing; it easily fits back in its bag and goes in the trunk. when/if it ever pops, I will be getting another one.

If you're looking for the 6" skeg, I can confirm that 12181 on the Intex website fits. As of 7/1/19, it's $3 for one, and shipping is $5. https://www.intexcorp.com/replacement-parts/sporting-goods/sport-series-boats/kayaks/12181-skeg-for-kayaks/

I've had mine for just over a year and used it 10 times (1x on the river and 9x in lakes). I've been pretty careful not to rub on rocks or anything and always store it in a cool shed, but do empty and fold up after each use. Now there is a hole, along a seam on the bottom that won't hold the patches provided. Hopefully using HH-66 vinyl cement like has been recommended will fix the issue.

Things we like

  • Exceptional Durability: Made from high-quality vinyl, this kayak is built to withstand the test of time.
  • Convenient Inflation: Includes a pump for effortless inflating and deflating, ensuring quick and easy setup.
  • Lightweight Aluminum Oars: Crafted from quality aluminum, these folding oars are incredibly lightweight, providing ease of use and maneuverability.
  • Designed for Rapids: Developed specifically for use in rapid rivers and paddling under challenging conditions, this kayak offers optimal performance in adventurous environments.
  • Portable and Easy to Transport: With its lightweight design, this kayak is perfect for vacationing and allows for hassle-free transportation to your desired water destinations.

Things we don't like

  • Construction using a single layer of skin: This design choice may not offer the same durability and longevity as products with multiple layers of material. Over time, the single layer may be more susceptible to tears or punctures. For a reliable and long-lasting option, consider products that feature reinforced construction or multiple layers.
  • Challenging to repack into the carrying bag when sandy or damp: If you plan to use this product in beach or damp outdoor environments, you may encounter difficulties when it comes to repacking it into the carrying bag. This inconvenience can be frustrating, especially when you're trying to quickly pack up and move on. Consider alternative options that offer easier and more convenient packing features, ensuring hassle-free transportation and storage.
Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi! I'd like to purchase an Intex Challenger K1 Kayak. How long does it take to inflate, assemble, disassemble and deflate? thank you!

I had the same question and this setup video was super helpful for me: https://youtu.be/6sKhIEEFxSY b/c u can watch a high school girl inflate and assemble everything in real-time (shows you how do-able it really is). Personally I was getting confused hearing everyone's opinion on how long it would take but watching someone, I could judge a lot easier :) I've found that just the Kayak can be inflated in about 3 min. And then inflating the other items, assembling the paddle, etc. can all be done in about 7-8min or under 10min no problem. And one helpful trick when deflating it is to approach it like you're rolling air out of an air mattress. Doing that works a lot better than trying to fold up the Kayak to get the air out. Hope that helps!

how does it work in a river were it can drag on rocks at times

I've now had this particular kayak for 3 years. and i had the model right before it for 2 years(gave to a friend). both have held up wonderfully to everything including being beached and scooting my self and the kayak across the shallow rocks, i've run into twigs and branches, over submerged logs and snails and run into other sharp edges with absolutely no cuts or tears, no slow leaks. and not only am i not easy on this thing, i myself weigh 40 lbs over the weight limits and i usually carry 20-30 lbs of stuff with me on it. i absolutely love this thing, it easily fits back in its bag and goes in the trunk. when/if it ever pop's i will be getting another one.

We lost the removable skeg on our Intex Challenger K2 Kayak and were wondering if we could buy a replacement part?

If you're looking for the 6" skeg I can confirm that 12181 on the Intex website fits. As of 7/1/19 it's $3 for one and shipping is $5. https://www.intexcorp.com/replacement-parts/sporting-goods/sport-series-boats/kayaks/12181-skeg-for-kayaks/

IS THIS PRODUCT DURRABLE?

I've had mine for just over a year and used it 10 times (1x on the river and 9x in lakes). I've been pretty careful not to rub on rocks or anything and always store in a cool shed, but do empty and fold up after each use. Now there is a hole, along a seam on the bottom that won't hold the patches provided. Hopefully using HH-66 vinyl cement like has been recommended will fix the issue.