The AE1007R Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak may be the best inflatable tandem kayak money can buy. Usable in both solo and tandem configurations, it’s the best Advanced Elements have to offer (they also do the Lagoon 2, which is cheaper but also lower quality).
The AE1007R incorporates built-in aluminium ribs, which improve handling and tracking by defining the bow and stern lines. Yet despite the inserts, the kayak is very easy to use and assemble: simply unfold, inflate, and attach the seats. Performance and practicality combined.
- Length 15 feet
- Width 32 inches
- Weight 56 pounds
- Weight capacity 500 pounds
Being a 15-foot kayak, the AE1007R AdvancedFrame Convertible is manoeuvrable enough to be paddled solo, yet holds enough wait to be a very good tandem kayak.
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Tandem Inflatable Kayak is a best selling inflatable kayak for good reason. Offering (close to) the performance of a rigid kayak, it also provides the convenience of being easily packed away and transported. The bow and stern incorporate a frame for rigidity, which means its also surprisingly good through the water. With three seating positions, and the option to attach either the single-deck or double-deck conversions (not included), it’s easily configurable. The manufacturer also claims it is highly puncture-resistant, thanks to the use of three layers of lightweight but very durable material.
You don’t have to read many customer testimonials to see that this is a very good kayak to paddle – it tracks extremely well. In addition, its padded seats offer a reasonably high level of comfort and its carry bag make it easy to transport. (Note: at 56 pounds, this isn’t what you would call a lightweight kayak, and the carry bag is not designed for travelling long distances. Nevertheless, compared to most tandem kayaks, it’s a cinch.)
Pros of Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak
- Very good handling, for an inflatable
- Easy to inflate
- Easy to use
- Easy to transport
Cons of Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak
- Relatively expensive
- Customisation usually requires additional purchases
- Not particularly stable, especially in strong winds
The best feature of the Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak is its AdvancedFrame rigid technology and twin tube design. With a relatively firm bow and stern, the kayak tracks almost like a rigid-bodied kayak. This, combined with its hard-wearing three-ply skin, make this a serious contender for anyone looking for a tandem. In addition to this, the twin-tube design is very sensible, meaning you can get back to dry land, even if one tube fails, punctures or otherwise deflates.
The worst feature of the Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak is its weight. Being an inflatable, the major advantage is easy transportation. You can literally deflate it, throw it in the back of the car, and you’re done. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to transport by hand. At 56 pounds, you won’t want to carry this far by yourself. Even with two people, the design of the carry-bag doesn’t make this a kayak you’d want to take on a hike.
My Personal Tips
A lot of people who own this kayak complain about the owner’s manual, which is not particularly useful. This means that care must be taken when first assembling and disassembling the kayak. Please note the way in which the kayak is folded when you first take it out of its case, as you’ll want to replicate this exactly to have any hope of getting it back in again!
At 4.4 out of 5 stars, this kayak gets a lot of love from its users.
This is an absolutely fantastic kayak. I love it and would not trade it for anything. The construction is rock solid.
How to buy
This kayak is available for purchase on Amazon. Buy it now >>
Inflatable kayaks such as Advanced Elements Tandem Inflatable Kayak make the argument for buying a conventional kayak increasingly hard to justify. Especially in lakes and slower-moving, they’re extremely comfortable, practical and user-friendly.