Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Inflatable Kayaks

Innova Swing II

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2014

Innova Swing II

Innova Swing II is a great option as a touring IK when you want to stay out of the elements, thanks to an enclosed deck and a streamlined shape for hull speed. 

Advanced Elements Attack

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2014

Advanced Elements Attack

The Advanced Elements Attack is a great starter boat for gentle whitewater and has one of the best price points around; but it’s not necessarily designed for the Grand Canyon.

SOAR S10

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2014

SOAR S10

The SOAR S10 is the perfect craft if you’re planning on as much touring as you are whitewater. Its rocker means quick spinning in tight situations, but it comes at the cost of speed. Its high profile also is a bit of a bear in the wind.

SOTAR Liquid SL

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2014

SOTAR Liquid SL

The SOTAR Liquid SL is a great, durable kayak especially suited for tight, technical whitewater. Larger tube diameters keep you high and dry and ample rocker aids turning, albeit at the sacrifice of hull speed compared to more fleet-footed models. 

AIRE Force 1

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2014

AIRE Force 1

Buy the AIRE Force 1 if you’re serious about IKing whitewater. While a tad spendy, it’s a great design combining maneuverability with hole-punching ability that will handle waterways of all walks. 

Hyside Stinger

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2014

Hyside Stinger

The Hyside Stinger is beefcake mobile for getting you through big water high and dry. It’s the craft of choice if you’re heading out in big water like the Grand, and is built to last a generation.

NRS Outlaw 1

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2014

NRS Outlaw 1

The NRS Outlaw 1 is a great inflatable kayak for tooling around in whitewater. It handles great for most every application you’ll throw at it, and gets you out on the water less expensively than any other worthwhile watercraft.