Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak Review

Characteristics

Details

# of Individuals

Single

Weight Capacity

250 lbs

Kayak Weight

16 lbs

Activity Type

Recreational

If you are new to kayaking and are looking to purchase a quality, beginner-level kayak without breaking the bank, then the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak may be the kayak for you. This single person, inflatable kayak has a built-in, rigid support structure that allows it to cut through the water and gain speed impressive for an inflatable kayak. Made of decent quality, this kayak’s design and materials can withstand most calm waters, such as lake, slow rivers, and ponds. If you are looking for a kayak to take down the whitewater rapids, however, you will want to look in a different direction. If you are interested in some recreational fun out on the water, then this inflatable kayak is a good, affordable choice.

Features

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is beautifully colored with a light yellow and blue design, making it easy for other boaters to see you on the water. Among other features, it has a mesh pocket and bungee cord rigging to provide enough storage for a few enjoyable hours on the water.

Size

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is seven feet, ten inches long by 35 inches wide. Weighing only 16 pounds, it is a very lightweight kayak. Though light, it has the strength to support a maximum weight of 250 pound, making it sturdy enough to carry a grown adult.

Repair Kit Included

Included with this inflatable kayak is a repair kit, which is a vital thing to have with you out on the water. The down side of inflatable kayaks is that they are at risk of being punctured by any rock or sharp object you may encounter, and in turn, you want to be prepared. You want to be able to have efficient access to the materials and tools need to fix a puncture when needed.

Performance Aiding Features

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is designed with performance aiding features, including a rigid support structure and a skeg to provide improved tracking abilities. It also has a landing plate to protect the bottom of the kayak. As a beginner, it is important to find a kayak like this one, that will provide you the stability and maneuverability needed to become comfortable with kayaking.

Advantages

Durable Design That Provides Stability

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is made of durable materials and a rigid design that provides good stability on the water. It has a polyester cover that helps protect against punctures, as well as a welded perimeter seam that ensures the kayak will stays intact as it takes on the water. It has sturdy rubber construction as well as a three chamber hull made from heavy duty PVC material. It also has built-in, rigid panels that give the inflatable kayak a strong shape that allows the kayak to cut through water. This gives decent speed, for an inflatable kayak that is, which are typically notoriously slower than hard shell kayaks.

Thanks to these supportive features, you need not worry about tipping over on the water. Though these quality features give you enough durability to enjoy recreational, calm waters, such as lakes and slow rivers, it is unlikely to maintain such durability on rough, rocky waters.

Convenience and Efficiency

With a quick set-up and take-down time, the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is a convenient and efficient choice. It takes between five and ten minutes to set up. It is also very handy when it comes to storage and transportation. Because it is lightweight and folds down into a compact package when deflated, this kayak can be easily thrown in the trunk of your car. If you don’t have the room in your house to store a large, hard shell kayak, the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is a perfect, space-saving solution.

Its small, compact size is beneficial in transportation, too. You need not worry about spending even more money on expensive car racks and supports. Any car, big or small, can transport this kayak.

Disadvantages

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak does not come with a paddle or an air pump, both of which you will need to invest in separately to ensure a successful kayaking trip. In addition, here are some other cons for this kayak.

Not Spacious

The Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak does not have a spacious interior, and therefore can be a snug fit for any tall or heavy person. There is not much legroom, so if you are tall and above six feet or so, this kayak will likely be too small for you. However, if you are petite and short, you need not worry. Another downside to the snug fit of this kayak is it can be hard to get in and out of, which may present a problem for the less mobile kayakers.

Limited Storage Space

Along with the lack of legroom, this kayak also has little room for storage. The bungee rigging and mesh pocket give you enough room for a short day trip, there is not enough space for the equipment required for a longer trip.

Unsupportive Seat

There is not much of a seat in this kayak, rather an inflated cockpit. The seating area is rather uncomfortable, for it lacks a backrest and does not give you much support as you paddle. As a result, your back may get tired and stressed after a while, which can make for an unpleasant kayak experience. If you do have a poor back, I would suggest inserting some foam padding to support you as you kayak.

Conclusion

All in all, the Advanced Elements FireFly Inflatable Kayak is a good inflatable kayak for any beginner looking to gain experience in kayaking; it gives a good introduction to this wonderful water sport without a large price tag. Its durable design does perfectly on any recreational kayaking day trip. Be sure to keep it on calm, slow waters that are free of hidden rocks and you will be just fine. Despite the snug fit and limited storage, this kayak provides stable construction and convenient storage and transportation that is sure to give you a fun day on the water.

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