Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak Review

Characteristics

Details

# of Individuals

Single

Weight Capacity

400 lbs

Kayak Weight

18 lbs

Activity Type

Recreational

The Sevylor Quikpak K1 Kayak is a decent option for those looking to have some recreational fun. It is a single person kayak with a clever design and features to make your kayaking experience convenient and easy. It is stable and easy to balance, making it a good inflatable kayak for beginners. However, it does not track well, which is an aspect that takes some getting used to. This kayak is not durable enough for rough, rocky waters, but performs just fine on calm water. Whether it be lakes, ponds, or slow rivers, this kayak is just right for a relaxing day out on the water.

Features

Multi Air Chamber Design

I must say the Sevylor Quikpak K1 has a clever and unique design to mitigate the impact of puncture wounds; the kayak is made up of multiple air chambers. If the kayak gets punctured at some point along your kayaking journey, only the air chamber with the puncture would will lose air and deflate. The rest of the chambers will remain inflated and the kayak will stay afloat, allowing you to paddle back to shore and repair the hole.

Size

According to the manufacturer’s website, the kayak is eight feet seven inches long, and three feet wide. It has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, which is great if you want to bring heavy gear along.

Paddle and Hand Pump Included

Along with the kayak, you will receive a paddle and manual hand pump. Though not adjustable, the paddle breaks down, making for compact and effective storage. Besides a personal flotation device, you are given all the necessary equipment to get out on the water.

Advantages

Utility and Efficiency

For anyone searching for a kayak with convenience and efficiency in mind, the Sevylor Quikpak K1 is definitely a contender. One of the handiest features of this kayak is that it folds up easily into a carrying pack, making transport simple and comfortable. It will save you time during assembly, having a quick set up time of about five minutes.

The double lock valves of the kayak make inflating much easier, ensuring that as you inflate the kayak, no air escapes. Once the quick assembly is complete, dragging the kayak into the water is easy with the available carrying handles attached to the kayak.

The convenience of the Sevylor Quikpak K1 continues into your experience on the water. There is a cup holder and bungee equipped storage that allows you convenient access to your gear and drink.

Comfortable

The Sevylor Quikpak K1 is also quite comfortable. Its foam seat and backrest provides you with support, helping prevent the mid-journey backache that some kayak and canoe seats cause. There are also multi-level footrests to give your legs comfort, regardless of your height. This is the perfect kayak in which you can kick back, stretch out, and relax as you float across the water.

Disadvantages

Poor Tracking

Despite there being small skegs on the bottom of the kayak, the Sevylor Quikpak K1 does not track well, meaning it is hard to keep it propelling forward in a straight line. This kayak’s direction is much more sensitive to each stroke than most kayaks I have ridden in. For someone who is new to the sport, and has yet to grasp the skill of maneuvering a kayak well, this disadvantage could be quite hindering to their kayaking experience.

Does Not Take Well to Rough Waters

One of my biggest recommendations is to stick to calm waters in this kayak. It is not the kayak you want to take on whitewater rafting trips or rough, wavy sea voyages. Like many other inflatable kayaks, it becomes much harder to control in choppy, rough water and strong winds due to its lightweight.

Flimsy Paddle

If you do opt for the Sevylor Quikpak K1, you may want to consider upgrading the paddle to one that is more durable. The paddle provided is flimsy and does not scoop water well. I feel like I am going to break it when I use it. Another downside to the paddle is that it is not adjustable and is maybe too large for smaller adults or children to use successfully.

Not as Durable as Expected

Granted this kayak is not of horrible quality, but it is not as durable as I would have liked. The material the kayak is made of seems too weak and vulnerable to last a long time. Though the multi chamber design makes handling punctures easier, it would be nice not to have to deal with punctures in the first place. I make sure to be extra careful not to drag it as I bring it to the water. I suppose the quality of material just reiterates that this kayak should be used on calm bodies of water, where there are fewer sharp, hidden rocks that could puncture the kayak.

Conclusion

Overall, the Sevylor Quikpak K1 is a reasonable choice for those interested in investing in an inflatable kayak. I recommend on staying on calm waters with this kayak. Though it is not of exceptional quality, it does have some clever design features that will provide convenience as you transport, set up, and ride of the kayak. If you are a beginner or casual kayaker looking to have a relaxing kayaking experience, then the Sevylor Quikpak K1 may be just the kayak you are looking for.

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