Whitewater vs Flatwater Kayaks

NOTE – all of our kayaks are capable of up to class II whitewater.

Flatwater Kayaks

The AirFusion EVO Kayak and the AdvancedFrame line are primarily designed for flatwater.

They’re designed to track straight and go fast, cutting through chop on flatwater. 

AdvanedFrame Sport Kayak AE1017-O

Crossover Kayaks

The StraitEdge line, on the other hand, are crossover kayaks. They have some features that are great for whitewater and some features that help them track on flatwater.

So you may say “Well, why don’t I just get a crossover kayak? They do everything, right?”

Well, there is a compromise.

Because they’re good at whitewater, they are not as good on flatwater. 

straitedge kayaks

So if you’re mostly doing flatwater, you want to stick to the AirFusion and the AdvancedFrame line.

If you’re doing mostly class II or you are going up to class III rapids, that’s when you would look at the StraitEdge line. 

Whitewater Kayak

If you’re doing full whitewater then you want to look at our Attack Whitewater. This is a custom whitewater kayak. It can do any class of whitewater that you are competent to do.

However, it’s no good on flatwater, so don’t try and take it down to a lake or else you’ll have a very frustrating paddle!

It does full whitewater, but not flatwater. 

Attack Whitewater Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements AE1050-Y
Flatwater Kayaks
Crossover Kayaks
Whitewater Kayaks