Having Cake and Eating It, Too
We've been navigating lakes and the Pacific in roto-molded sit-on-top kayaks by Ocean Kayaks and loved every moment of the decade they spent on top of our trucks and beneath our soggy bottoms.
And then an ad popped up on my Facebook feed (good for something) for Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks, the pic of which was their convertible tandem. I clicked to see if this was something more than a pool toy and ended up watching every YouTube video I could find. I also spent a lot of time on airkayaks.com.
My AE1007 arrived yesterday and I sorted it out today on the lake near my home. My research revealed that I'd be happier with the craft if a couple of accessories were added, so I thought I'd test this out.
The kayak ships in its large duffle bag, weighing in at 53 pounds.
Time to break out the accessories.
I ordered a backbone, single deck, and DuraFloor from airkayaks.com. Their service is impeccable and they are my sole conduit for AE products now.
The backbone for the AE1007 is a five piece aluminum rod in foam sleeves that terminate in plastic paddles designed to fit under the main air chamber fore and aft.
Topping it off is the addition of the single deck.
I put back in. Now we're talking. On-the-line tracking, continuous glide, high efficiency. Beautiful. Just as good as my wife's Ocean Kayak Prowler, better than my old Cabo.
The kayak's trim displaces evenly. I passed above this outcropping in six inches of depth without running aground.
I couldn't be happier, especially since it can come with us. Cake? Let's eat.