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Advancedframe Expedition Elite Inflatable Kayak

$1,497.00 $1,399.00

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

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite inflatable 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!

You also get FREE shipping and a 30-day trial period.

See below for some of the benefits that make this a great touring kayak:

***You get FREE shipping and a 30-day trial period with this kayak***

 

Here are some of the benefits that make this a great touring kayak:

Fast and Comfortable for Long Trips and Open Ocean

  • Extra long (nearly 4m) for speed so you can plan big adventures
  • The drop-stitch floor prevents drag so you can really zoom along
  • Your back is supported by the inflatable lumbar so you are comfortable all day
  • Plenty of on board storage space for gear, including camping equipment
  • Stay dry in open ocean with the inflatable coaming and optional spray skirt
  • Adjustable foot brace for comfort and to assist paddling technique
  • Plenty of leg room for tall people

Easy to Paddle Straight

  • Glide straight with the patented AdvancedFrame design – no waggling when you paddle
  • Built in fin to help you paddle straight
  • Low centre of gravity and a flat hull for effortless stability – this saves your strength for those long trips

Quality Design & Manufacturing

  • Multi-layer material design for protection of the inner tubes – there is very little risk of puncture
  • Durable triple layer PVC tarpaulin hull so you don’t have to worry about damage on rocks
  • Dual main air chambers for safety – if one chamber of the inner tube is compromised, the other will still function
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Convenient

  • Lightweight at only 19kg – can be handled to and from the water by one person
  • Comes pre-assembled – no need to set up, just inflate and go
  • The Spring valves allow large amounts of air to flow one way – quick and easy inflation and deflation
  • Packs up into a bag about the size of a suitcase for easy storage and transport – planes, trains and automobiles, the world is your oyster!

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite Inflatable Kayak is fine for class 1 and 2 rivers, and durable enough for class 3, however it is really designed to paddle in a straight line, and therefore not recommended for rivers above class 3.

 

COMES WITH:

  • High pressure drop-stitch floor
  • Inflatable lumbar support seat
  • Adjustable foot brace
  • Heavy duty carrying bag
  • Repair kit
  • Instruction manual
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee

Features:

  • Inflatable lumbar support seat
  • High pressure drop-stitch floor
  • Adjustable foot brace
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee

Accessories Included:

  • Heavy duty carrying bag
  • Repair kit
  • Instruction manual

Specifications:

Length: 13′ (3.96m)
Width: 32″ (81cm)
Weight: 42 lbs (19 kg)
Maximum Capacity: 450 lbs (204 kg)
Colour: Blue with orange stripes
Deflated and packed dimensions: 32″ x 20″ x 10″ (83cm x 52cm x 26cm)

Length

13′ (3.96m)

Width

32″ (81cm)

Weight

42 lbs (19 kg)

Maximum Capacity

450 lbs (204 kg)

Colour

Blue with orange stripes

Deflated and Packed Dimensions

32″ x 20″ x 10″ (83cm x 52cm x 26cm)

Brand

Advanced Elements

Warranty Period

12 months from purchase

  1. Matt Ratcliffe

    I have had the chance to paddle the boat on flat water about 4 times now and it is certainly filling my requirements very well.
    I have had no trouble inflating the kayak and find it stable, comfortable and easy to paddle. With my very limited experience I have no worries tracking straight or turning the boat, it is easy to pack away and actually goes back into the bag without too much difficulty.
    There is always some interest from onlookers when I am inflating the boat before I launch.
    Cheers, Wayne

  2. Matt Ratcliffe

    Hi Emily!

    Been out a number of times now and loving it!

    Hoping to plan a trip to NZ or Tassie in the New Year when we have a bit more experience.

    It’s even more fun than I thought it would be J.
    It took me about 30-40 minutes to inflate both the first time, but takes about 5 minutes each now – very easy.
    Took a couple goes to get the hang of the seats but now super comfy.

    Cheers,
    Phil

  3. Matt Ratcliffe

    Love this kayak…..speedy and straight in the water…..and very comfortable to sit it…..top marks from me

  4. Matt Ratcliffe

    Below are the details of my use of the expedition kayak:
     
    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.
     
    Initially I got the backbone, but have recently got the drop stich floor as well. I have not tried them together.
     
    I am 6’1” tall.
     
    I do not have much experience with other kayaks, and that experience comes from over ten years ago, so is pretty irrelevant.
     
    Okay then let’s do a review:
    Speed, handling, stability:
    These kayaks are super stable. My girlfriend and I both have them and neither of us has fallen out yet. There are very occasional “close calls” when we aren’t paying attention and over reach for something (usually a camera, water bottle, sandwich etc). Generally speaking though 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.
     
    I would very highly recommend either the backbone or drop stich floor for increased performance. I only took the kayak out twice without these to be sure in my own mind that the increase in performance was worth it. It is. With these included 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!) Sadly I haven’t encountered any directly comparable hard shell kayaks.
     
    The speed of turns and tracking is quite variable depending on if the backbone or drop stich floor is being used, so I’ll save that comparison for the end.
     
    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.
     
    I like the idea of doing a kayak based camping trip, but to be honest with my legs and shoes taking up pretty much all of the front storage space I think additional storage would be needed to make such a trip possible. Thankfully there are attachment points of extra storage on either side of the kayak at the back.
     
    One issue I do have is that the top surface of the kayak is only water resistant not waterproof. This means that if you insist on dripping water all over the front of the kayak while paddling (like I do) then it will start to drip through the fabric after a while. I use the foot rest to prop the top surface of the hull up a bit (like a tent pole), this forms enough of a pyramid that the water runs straight off. I guess spraying on some waterproofing would also solve the problem. This problem seems to be related to paddling technique. I repeatedly drip water over the hull since I take long strokes. My girlfriend takes shorter strokes and doesn’t.
     
    Inflation:
    Inflation is very easy on all the critical chambers. The twist valves on the combing chambers can be a bit of a pain (air seems to leak out while the pump is attached) so you have to put the air in and then quickly twist the valve shut. It’s a little fiddly at first, but ultimately these are cosmetic chambers that don’t impact the performance of the kayak. I guess water might pool on the surface of the hull if you don’t inflate them, but that would probably be all.
     
    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.
     
     
     
    Drop stich floor vs Backbone:
    As with most paddling everything is a compromise.
     
    The backbone increases the speed and improves the tracking while maintaining the comfort of sitting in a giant pillow (the basic floor with or without the backbone is seriously comfortable. I have taken the kayaks out for entire days and been comfortable the whole time).
     
    It’s also cheaper than the drop stich floor.
     
    The disadvantage of the backbone is primarily in setup time. It’s pretty fiddly to get right, and even after a lot of practice I sometimes get it a little wrong. This is super irritating because if it’s out of line you end up tracking badly to one side or the other……and since its literally the first thing to go in during assembly it means you have to almost completely disassemble the kayak to put it right (you can move it about once everything is down to about 0.5psi). The thing that I find that makes getting its position right a little tricky is that it is supposed to run over the built in fin on the bottom of the kayak. Sadly the kayak at least partially balances on this fin while being assembled. This makes it very easy for the backbone to slip off one way or the other.
     
    Since you have to take the backbone out to fold the kayak up then it increases the setup and pack up time further by meaning the floor has to be taken out and folded up as well. Without the backbone I just let all the air out and fold everything up still in place.
     
    Now for the drop stich floor.
    This seems to make the kayak feel lighter in the water. It goes faster, seems to accelerate faster, and definitely turns better. I’m not convinced it improves the tracking, but that’s good anyway.
     
    With the drop stich floor you sit higher in the kayak. This is neither here nor there for me, but my girlfriend (5’4” tall) prefers it over the standard floor. She feels a bit swamped with the standard floor, and finds the extra height of the drop stich makes all the difference.
     
    The biggest downside for me is the reduction in comfort. This floor is much harder than the standard floor. After a 2-3 hours I generally start to get a numb bum. I’m going to have to find a pillow or something for longer trips.
     
    The drop stich floor is also a bit thicker than the standard floor, and so the storage space within the kayak is reduced a bit. You would have to be filling the standard floor space to the brim to be affected by this……or trying to carry tall items.
     
    Overall I prefer the drop stich floor and think it’s worth the increased price. I like the faster (and completely idiot proof) setup and pack up, and I like the improved turning. Both increase the overall speed and I couldn’t say which helps more (so I guess that means it’s a pretty close thing). Most of the kayaking I do is less than three hours long or has breaks so the harder floor and reduced storage space isn’t a problem. Having said that either is worth it over the basic floor.

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12-Month Manufacturer’s Warranty

Advanced Elements are pretty serious about quality.

They offer a 12 month warranty on all their products, and I can tell you with confidence that they are great about it. Although I don’t get many warranty claims, I have never had any issues getting help, parts or replacements from Advanced Elements.

Here are all the details:

http://www.advancedelements.com/warranty