About Inflatable Kayaks

About Inflatable Kayaks - FAQs

What is the risk of puncture?

Very low – we use top quality reinforced PVC, and Hi-density fabrics. In order to puncture the main chamber from the bottom you would need to pierce through three layers of durable material.

Advanced Elements Multi Chamber Construction
Advanced Elements MultiLayer Construction
Advanced Elements PVC Tarpaulin

Does it come with a carry case?

Yes, all of the Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks come complete with a very heavy-duty duffle bag for transportation and storage of your kayak.

The following kayaks also have backpack straps included:

Where is my repair kit located?

The repair kit is located in the mesh pocket on the back of your seat. For the Firefly and the Lagoon models, it is located in the mesh pocket on top of the kayak.

Where is the instruction manual located?

The owners’ manual is located in clear plastic pouch on the inside of the duffel bag. If you need an extra manual it can be downloaded from the AdvancedElements.com website.

How does the bow and stern improve the performance of the kayak?

The AdvancedFrame line of kayaks incorporate our patented Aluminum Rib Frame Technology in the bow and stern. This provides increased paddling and tracking performance unlike any other inflatable kayak. The bow slices through the water, while the stern acts like a skeg, providing trackability that rivals hard-shell kayaks. The bow is narrow and sharp, as well as raised (Greenlander style), which reduces the resistance through the water and keeps the waves from breaking on the deck. The stern closes the water behind the boat and acts like a skeg to keep the kayak traveling straight.

AdvancedFrame Comparison Aluminium Rib

Do I need to make a plywood floor for my kayak?

NO, absolutely not. When the Advanced Frame is inflated properly, the skin is tight and the air chambers are firm. You must use a foot pump or hand pump to inflate to the needed pressure, an electric mattress inflator will not generate enough pressure. The Advanced Frame requires no additional stiffener. The only reason that a stiffener would be needed would be if the kayak was not inflated properly OR the weight limit is being pushed. If you do want some extra rigidity and tracking performance, the Backbone or Drop-Stitch Floor can be added to any of our AdvancedFrame kayaks, further enhancing the performance.

Backbone Illustration
Drop-Stitch Floor Illustration

What’s the difference between the AdvancedFrame & AdvancedFrame Sport?

Simply put, the AdvancedFrame Sport has a larger cockpit opening and a single chamber design. Over the years, we had customers that were requesting an AdvancedFrame class kayak with a larger cockpit opening, so that it would be easier to get in and out of, and a lighter weight to make it a little easier to carry around. The result of these requests was the AE1017 AdvancedFrame Sport. It should be noted that because of the larger cockpit opening, the AdvancedFrame Sport cannot take a spray skirt.

AdvancedFrame Kayak Line

Can I fit a spray skirt on the seating compartment coaming?

Yes, the coaming around the seating area of the AdvancedFrame Kayak, AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak, AirFusion EVO Kayak, Lagoon Kayak and the conversion decks for the AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak & AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite Kayak can be used to attach a spray skirt. Our inflatable coaming is not a rigid coaming so it would not be sufficient for Eskimo rolls however it will hold the spray skirt to keep excess water out of the boat and keep the warmth in on winter day. Please note that the AE1017 AdvancedFrame Sport cannot take a spray skirt as it does not have an inflatable coaming.

Spray Skirt Advanced Elements

How long does it take to set up?

On average it takes about 5-12 minutes when inflating with a foot pump. It will obviously take longer than that the first time you setup as you will want to get familiar with the components and assembly described in the owner’s manual.

Kayak Setup Time

Is there storage room inside the kayak for additional gear?

Yes, one of the nice features of our kayaks is that there is actually room behind the seat to bring extra gear along on your adventure. There is also deck space to lash down any safety gear (spare paddle, etc.).