4 Excellent Inflatable Kayak Alternatives
If you’re looking for excellent inflatable kayak alternatives, or for quality kayaks for traveling by vehicle or plane, check out these options. All offer the convenience of compact indoor storage and transport in a large bag. You save the cost of racks and transport systems and storage setup system, and can take your kayak traveling.
While these folding and modular kayaks are a great option to work around limited storage space or travel needs, they do not offer the same performance and safety as a regular hard-shelled kayak. They are a great option for recreational paddling on lakes and flatwater rivers where you won’t be dragging or hitting snags.
ORU Kayaks A range of kayaks for every type of paddling, from entry level leisure paddles to sea kayaking expeditions. Many Paddle KC members use these excellent “origami” kayaks, and they are a great match for lakes and flatwater rivers without sharp submerged debris. They are not a good match for Ozark rivers where you might bounce off rocks or scrape on trees. There is a big difference between models, as shown in this handy Oru kayaks comparison chart. We recommend the Bay and Coast models for area flat water because they handle wind and waves better than the other models in the Oru line (and even work with a sprayskirt), but the Beach model is good as long as it’s a calm day with no waves. Keep in mind these kayaks have no built-in floatation (closed bulkheads) so for safety, consider adding the Oru float bags. Also be sure to keep a repair kit with you.
Pakayak Kayaks. Modular plastic kayak that stacks together to pack inside a bag. This is a great quality recreational and touring kayak with a comfortable seat and closed bulkheads for greater safety. Performs like a standard touring kayak, and is suitable for Class I- low II Ozark rivers as long as you have good maneuvering skills. Members have used these at our Paddle KC events and they are a fantastic option for portability and indoor storage. These kayaks are a good match for both flatwater and light rapids like Class I or low Class II. They might work for livelier water, but I’d check with Pakayak about that.
Trak Kayaks. Great high performance, customizable touring and sea kayak with active user community and educational resources. Trak kayaks are a great match for lakes, big rivers (like the Missouri River), and “big water” like the Great Lakes and coastal or ocean destinations. These are an excellent inflatable kayak alternative.
Point 65 Tequila GTX Kayak Tandem sit on top kayak that works great for recreational paddles with kids or dogs. Super durable, super easy to put modular sections in your vehicle for transport, or stack at home for storage. Their Solo Modular Kayak is also a nice portable kayak. These modular kayaks are not going to be the speediest option on the water, but are very durable and a great kayak that can be carried inside a vehicle and stored in a closet. They are a great match for any of our Paddle KC leisure paddles.