THE BENEFITS OF AN INFLATABLE KAYAK

You dream of going kayaking, with family or friends, in complete autonomy... But is the bulky size and the difficulty of transport of a rigid kayak putting you off? Have you thought about an inflatable kayak and the flexibility it offers? We take a closer look at these boats with Itiwit.
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#1 A kayak that is easy to transport and quick to assemble and pack away

The inflatable kayak has become the ideal alternative for autonomous, family-oriented practice free from logistical worries. It is the inflatable equivalent of the many plastic kayaks that can be found on the market.

But the inflatable kayak has many advantages:

- inflates in very little time (7 minutes precisely for the Itiwit 2 blue) with its double-action hand pump. It is even easier with the electric pump that plugs into a car cigarette lighter. Deflation is very fast (2 minutes)

- transport is no longer a problem! The inflatable kayak simply fits in the boot of your car. Goodbye roof rack! Storage at home is therefore very easy.

Good to know: It is important to let your inflatable kayak dry before folding to prevent mildew developing and keep it in good condition. If you are unable to do this just after touring, unpack it when you get home and remove the floor by undoing the rip-tabs to dry it faster before storing it.

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#2 Inflatable kayaks, as light as a feather!

In addition to its space-saving benefits, an inflatable kayak is also much lighter than most plastic kayaks or canoes.

A two-seater polyethylene kayak weighs at least 35 kg. Whereas with an inflatable kayak, it will no longer be backbreaking work to get to the launch point, because an Itiwit kayak weighs on average only 14 kg!

This low weight is made possible thanks to the material these kayaks are made of: a thick and very hard-wearing canvas material, identical to that found on rafts.

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#3 Inflatable but tough

With this strong material, your boat can be inflated to high pressure, becoming almost as rigid as its plastic counterparts. It can be used on rivers without too much current (please note these are not white water models and in this case it is best not to install the skegs).

 

So there is no need to worry about the strength of your boat when on the water! These canvas materials very rarely get a puncture, especially the one at the bottom which is made of Tarpaulin, a fabric that is very resistant to abrasion and occasional impacts. And if it were to happen, an inflatable kayak is certified to stay afloat if one of the 3 chambers (2 side and 1 floor) were to puncture. In addition it is very easy to replace or repair a chamber (see video tutorial at the end of the page)

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#4 Very comfortable navigation

Thanks to their configuration with two side chambers, inflatable kayaks are stable boats with a shallow draught.
This means you can use the kayak in shallow water, be less affected by currents and benefit from increased manoeuvrability.

However, on windy days, the boat will tend to drift more easily due to its low weight. To counter this effect, Itiwit has designed skegs for each of its boats, to help you stay on course.

Another key point: the economic aspect of inflatable kayaks. As the materials, technology and logistics of these products are less expensive, the retail price is significantly lower than for rigid kayaks.

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#5 But there are still some limitations

Compared to a rigid kayak, the loading and carrying capacity of an inflatable kayak is however lower.
The Itiwit 2 two-seater inflatable kayak can hold a load of around 150 kg including passengers. Which is not a huge amount if there are two of you on board and you want to carry some extra items for your day out.

However, if you want to load up your inflatable kayak a bit more, you can opt for a larger boat, such as the Itiwit 3. Its load capacity is an impressive 230 kg! You will have more space on board to carry equipment, but you will also be able to take a child with you on middle seat.

 

Another limitation to consider: if you are a fan of the sea and open water, note that inflatable kayaks do not comply with French Division 240 regulations, which allow you to go offshore beyond 300 m.

In short, a rigid kayak is better suited to intensive kayaking but lovers of the sport will still appreciate the many advantages offered by inflatable kayaks (convenience, durability, price, etc.). The latter will still guarantee you some great days out, whether alone, with family or with friends!

To help you make your choice, why not try before you buy?

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