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AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak


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If you love adventure or have long legs, the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is for you.

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak has been specially designed for speed over long trips on flat or coastal water, including multi-day expeditions.

When you are miles from civilisation on your latest exploration, the Expedition Elite won’t let you down!

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Michelle-Renee J.
Love my Expedition!

I purchased my Advanced Elements Expedition a few months ago and have been absolutely loving it! As someone who lives in a townhouse and drives a 3 door i20, an inflatable kayak has been a game changer. It's so easy to store and transport. It's a little heavy when it's deflated (maybe it's just awkward) , but once it's pumped up it's somehow much easier to carry - so I just pump it up next to my car and carry it inflated down to the water, 100-200m no worries. The Expedition is super stable on the water and I can go a pretty good speed (averaging 6km/h). I had a recent outing where unfortunately I didn't think the check the weather and on my way back it got very choppy. It was hard work paddling against the wind and waves (although I imagine that would be true of most kayaks), and I was more than a little nervous as I'm only new to kayaking, but the Expedition handled well and got me home safely. I can highly recommend this kayak to anyone who wants a high performing kayak but doesn't have the option to store and transport a traditional kayak. Also, I can't thank Emily enough for all the help and advice she provided to ensure I bought the right kayak and accessories for my needs - Thanks Emily!

Zain G.
Bought 2 - Expedition & Standard Advanced Frame

We purchased 2 Kayaks from Emily, an Expedition Elite, and Advanced Frame. I am 6ft5 so I needed the extra legroom offered by the Expedition Elite, however my partner fits perfectly into the standard Advanced Frame model. I am very glad I went for the Expedition Elite, I can fit into the Advanced Frame version but it is pretty cramped, especially around the feet I found that it would roll my feet inwards and this would put pressure on my ankles. I do not have any trouble with this in the Expedition Elite. If you are a tall person I would definitely recommend the Expedition Elite. We have been out in the Kayaks 4 times now, once on an inland river and the rest of the time out in the estuaries around Brisbane. Both kayaks have been fantastic, they cut through the water really well and they track very straight even when paddling hard. It is important to ensure all the inner air chambers are lined up before you inflate the kayak. I had removed the inner chambers to clean them after doing a few trips, and when I refitted them I didnt line it up correctly so the next time I inflated the kayak the front was a bit off centre. It is very easy to fix this as the inner air chambers simply velcro to the inside, so I just had to deflate and then realign the velcro patches. Inflation and deflation is a breeze, I was expecting to have to pump the air out manually (especially the last bits or air) when deflating but you really dont need too. Just open up all the valves and the thing deflates itself like some sort of magic. And yes! They do easily fit back into the bags, you just need to practise the fold a couple of times, the key is to have as few folds as possible to allow for the correct length. The convenience of just throwing two kayaks in the boot of the car and heading to the water is amazing. Dont waste any more time thinking about it and just get one and get out there, you will not be disappointed.

David P.
Expedition Elite

Easy to set up.Love the backpack. Glides much better than simple heavy plastic kayaks. No need to strap to roof

Nick J.
Service and kayak first class.

Experience with Emily was great from start to finish. Had a little bump with delivery company but all was resolved promptly and well communicated. The kayak has been fantastic and I've used it about 10 times already since getting it. So far I've done ennogerra reservoir, twin waters, lake currimundi, belongil creek and its been faultless. Easy to pump up and deflate, always catches peoples attention and an absolute treat on the water. Only managed to roll it once whilst riding a pretty large wave and going a bit sidewards so your average yakker will be steady as anything. Just one thing to remember, these are light as when dry but if you get it really wet (like out on open seas) it really packs on a few kgs and would be too heavy for a smaller person to lift in the bag. Thanks Emily!

Karl B.
At 6'1" tall I need some leg room, and the expedition has it

I have had my expedition for almost a year now and use it on average about once a week. It mostly gets used for flat-water river paddling, but I have taken it down some very minor rapids and taken it on the ocean in 2m swell a few times. I do not have much experience with other kayaks, and that experience comes from over ten years ago, so is pretty irrelevant. Speed, handling, stability: These kayaks are super stable. My girlfriend and I both have them and neither of us has fallen out yet.Generally speaking you can get in one of these and pay zero attention to staying upright. Even paddling side on to the larger swell has proven completely fine so far. My analysis of speed is based on matching strokes with other paddlers randomly encountered while out and about. This doesn't account for the technique or strength of the paddler. Based on this very floored analysis it would appear that the expedition is significantly faster than any of the modest sit on tops, but noticeably slower than a racing kayak (no surprise there!) Storage space and comfort: At 6'1" tall I need some leg room, and the expedition has it. I have also tried the regular advanced frame and that was a squash for me. If you are 6' or above I would strongly recommend the expedition unless you are comfortable having your legs bent for the entire trip. This said if I am wearing shoes then there isn't a huge amount of space down at the nose of the kayak. It has the length but the width starts to pinch out. If I'm not wearing my shoes then I can stuff them down to the end of the nose one on top of the other and still fully stretch my legs out. There is a decent amount of space behind the seat. I often use the kayak to paddle out to snorkelling spots so will have fins, dive boots, mask and snorkel, towel, rash shirt, lunch, water, anchor, dry bag behind the seat. Inflation: Inflation is very easy on all the critical chambers. Once you have the pressures and order memorised then setup from boot to water is about five to ten minutes. Pack up is very fast, less than five minutes. I generally just fold mine up loosely and put it in the boot of the car. If you wanted to break down all the paddles and pack everything into the bag each time then it would take a little longer. Storage and transport: I store mine under a games table, it could just as easily go under a bed. Living in Western Australia I wouldn't want to store it in the garden for fear of sun damage. Transport is a major advantage of these. I have a two door four seat car and can fit three of these kayaks and three people in the car!! it's a bit of squash with backpacks as well...but it's possible and that's fantastic! Early in 2016 we flew to Tasmania primarily for a hiking holiday, but I also decided to take the kayak along since a couple of the areas visited had some rather fantastic river. This was great. I checked it in as a second bit of hold luggage and once we arrived it just lived in the boot of the rental car and was available whenever I wanted it. Not only that but I didn't have to consider if kayaks would be available for rent, and if so if they would be any good. I wish I had known about these kayaks when I lived in the UK and didn't have a car. It would have been possible to take the kayak out on public transport, jump in a river, and paddle down to the next town and get public transport home again! If you want to try something like this then I would advise buying a hiking backpack big enough since the bag the kayaks come in really isn't comfortable as a backpack. Pressure: The instructions are pretty insistent that the kayak shouldn't be over inflated and so I bought the pressure gauge that attaches to the hand pump and observe this closely, except on the combing chambers which I just guestimate since you lose air while closing them anyway. As already mentioned I live in Western Australia and it gets hot here in the summer, consistently over 40C. As such I don't like to take the kayaks completely out of the water for any length of time. Generally we just leave them half in and half out. All the air chambers are in contact with each other (except the ones around the cockpit) and so we have trusted to the water keeping them all cool. We haven't had any problems so I guess it's working. Leaving them in the water can be a bit of a pain if you're at the beach and can't find a landing spot that's sheltered from the waves. Overall: For me the combination of performance, storage, and transport makes this kayak an excellent fit. It's possible that its performance will be below that of a $3,000 hard shell equivalent, but I can't keep such a thing in my boot, I can't take it on a plane, and I would be worried about damaging it on bumpy four wheel drive tracks.

Who is the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak for?

  • Kayak campers / expeditioners who want to load up with gear
  • Tall people (6’2″ or above) who need some leg room
  • Casual paddlers who want speed AND comfort
  • Suitable for beginners
AdvancedFrame Expedition Kayak Review

I have had the kayak out on beautiful Port Stephens waters a couple of times now and it is everything I hoped it would be.

Being a novice I find the craft to be very stable allowing me to concentrate on the correct paddling style.

The kayak fits my 6 foot 3 inch frame perfectly and its ease of setup and take down makes this a winner for my


 – Stuart

Love to go Fast?

At nearly 4m long, the Expedition Elite kayak is FAST.

The drop-stitch floor helps you glide smoothly through the water.

The patented AdvancedFrame design means no waggling when you paddle.

The built-in fin helps you paddle straight.

Drop Stitch Floor for AdvancedFrame inflatable kayaks from Advanced Elements
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AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak Review

Huge Capacity for Kayak Expeditions

A whopping 204kg capacity means you can load this kayak up with gear for even the most extreme kayak expedition.

There are D-rings and bungee lacing on the large front deck for securing gear.

There is a roll-top hatch behind the seat for quick access to gear stored under the deck.

There are d-rings on the rear deck for even more gear!

Comfortable for Long Paddling Trips (and Long Legs)

AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Comfort Leg Room
  • Your back is supported by the inflatable lumbar so you are comfortable all day
  • Adjustable foot brace for comfort and to assist paddling technique
  • Plenty of leg room for tall people
  • The Advancedframe Expedition Elite kayak has a low centre of gravity and a flat hull. This gives you effortless stability so you can save your strength on those long trips.
  • Stay dry in open ocean with the inflatable coaming and optional spray skirt

Durable and Reliable

Don’t take my word for it!

This review from Geoff Wilson of 5th Element Expeditions shows just how tough the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite kayak is, even in the most rugged of terrain.

Advanced Elements MultiLayer Construction

Multi-layer material design for protection of the inner tubes – there is very little risk of puncture.

Advanced Elements PVC Tarpaulin

Durable triple layer PVC tarpaulin hull also means you don’t have to worry about damage on rocks.

Advanced Elements Multi Chamber Construction

The dual main air chambers are great for safety, because if one chamber of the inner tube fails, the other will still function.

Portable and Convenient

Packs up into a bag (with backpack straps) about the size of a suitcase for easy storage and transport – planes, trains and automobiles, the world is your oyster!

Advancedframe Expedition vs Expedition Elite Inflatable Kayak Bag
Advanced Elements Duffel Bag

Set-up Instructions for the AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Kayak

AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Inflatable Kayak Set up
  • Comes pre-assembled – no need to set up, just inflate and go
  • The Advanced Elements spring valves allow large amounts of air to flow one way – quick and easy inflation and deflation

Kayak Specifications

Lenght: 13′ (3.96m)

Weight: 42 lbs (19 kg)

Colour: Blue with orange stripes

Brand: Advanced Elements

Lakes, Bays, Inland Waterways: Yes

Coastal/Open Water: Yes

Width: 32″ (81cm)

Maximum Capacity: 450 lbs (204 kg)

Deflated and Packed Dimensions: 32″ x 20″ x 10″ (83cm x 52cm x 26cm)

Warranty Period: 12 Months

River Class: II



  • Advanced Elements Spring Valves
  • Drop-stitch floor construction
  • Adjustable seat with inflatable lumbar support
  • Rudder Mount for adding the AdvancedTrak Kayak Rudder Kit AE4005
  • Inflatable coaming for attaching a spray skirt
  • Moulded rubber handles
  • Hard edge bow and stern
  • Welded seams
  • Bungee deck lacing
  • Neoprene knuckle guard
  • Massive storage compartment
  • Reinforced bow and stern
  • Skeg/tracking fin
  • D-ring tie downs
  • Adjustable Foot brace


  • High pressure drop-stitch floor
  • Inflatable lumbar support seat
  • Adjustable foot brace
  • Heavy duty carrying bag
  • Repair kit
  • Instruction manual

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