Are you wondering how this inflatable fishing kayak made our best of the best list or why we are so enamored by it? Sevylor, who makes the kayak products for Coleman, makes this one kayak and one similar under its own brand. Is it a bird or a plane or … a backpack?
It starts out looking like a backpack. Then, you undo the package, inflate it and voila! You have an 8-foot kayak ready to hit the water. This one is a bit more targeted to the hiking customer. Hiking? Yes, this is an inflatable fishing kayak that is styled for the camper who likes to take to the trails and find that little out-of-the-way lake, pond or stream. And, it only weighs 19-pounds!
NMMA has certified the weight capacity of this inflatable fishing kayak at 400-pounds. If your launch point is at your campsite, you’ll have plenty of gear to load onto it. But, if you are hiking natural trails, you’ll probably pare your gear to something less than 25-pounds total. After all, if you plan to catch a 20-pound fish, you still have to drag everything back to camp – so think ahead.
The seat is an integrated padded back and cushion that is the base of your backpack. Once you inflate the yak, there is a pillowy-effect beneath the seat that adds to the height (slightly) and the comfort.
This system that Sevylor developed for the Coleman Quikpak involves 5 separate air chambers and 2 sets of double lock valves to ensure that if one chamber leaks, you’ll have plenty of air to get back to shore. The valves are designed so that once air goes in, it doesn’t come out on its own.
Coleman gives you a small hand pump that is just the right size to stuff in your primary pack: it only takes about 5-minutes to inflate each chamber. Most users say that after the first time, it only took them about 20-minutes to inflate the entire kayak plus the leg rests. And, you use the same pump to suck the air out of it – which gets the most air removed and makes it easier to fold and repack.
There’s a small bungee corded day-well in the bow that is large enough to hold your dry bag. (See the dry bag we suggest below since it folds up flat.) There’s a second open-well behind the seat for smaller stuff.
There is a two-piece paddle, included with this kayak. But, because so many users complain about the ‘free’ paddle that comes with it, you must choose a really good paddle so that it’s efficient for use even if there is no current to help you scoot around. Good ones range between $125 to $210.
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Is This Fishing Kayak for You?
There’s a lot of people that take their whole family camping in the mountains (or hills) during the summer. Part of that experience is exploring the back wood trails, walking barefoot in mountain streams and finding ponds and lakes that aren’t on anyone’s map.
Maybe, it’s the need to be a little bit like Columbus and ‘discover’ new places. Whatever the underlying emotion connected to wandering into places unknown, it is one of the memorable events of any camping trip with the family.
When looking at this inflatable fishing kayak, the first thought that came to mind was that of a lake in the mountains of Wyoming, called Pepper Lake. It’s a natural glacier lake snuggled between two ranges and only reachable on foot.
It’s a 2-mile hike straight down one ridge (and 5-miles back up!). This little lake is full of natural brown trout – many of them over 3-feet long! And, you can’t fish it from the shore. This would be the perfect kayak for that lake.
If you know of a hidden gem like Pepper Lake, think about how useful this Coleman Quikpak would be for your adventures.
Items to Consider Adding On:
Intex Dual Purpose Kayak Paddle are cheap and they are also only one-step up from the free ones that come with Coleman kayak.
If you can afford better, then check out the second possibility:
Werner Skagit FG IM is a 2-piece fiberglass blade paddle that weighs less than 2 lbs. The paddles are slightly concave and the angle can be adjusted left to right.
KastKing Dry Bag Roll Top Sack
This versatile dry bag – dry because you can hang it in the water or leave it in the rain and the contents remain protected.
This one is pretty neat and comes in three colors. It does fold flat and the straps are separate from the bag itself.