Advanced Elements Attack
- Price that gets you in the game easily
- Mini-keels for tracking
- Comfortable seat
- Mesh-covered cargo area
- Hard to access floor valve
- Not the most durable of the lot
- Smaller tubes
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.
At 9’6” and 34 lbs. and with a slightly smaller tube diameter than other models, the Attack is one of the nimblest and least expensive IKs of the bunch, waterbugging this way and that when other craft are content to track a straight line. Its 12 inches of rocker and 35-inch width blend stability with last-second, spin-out-of-harm’s-way control, in a paddling package more at home in whitewater than tranquil waterways. Perhaps its nimbleness is why it also comes with two mini-keels fore and aft to aid in tracking.
Made from 840-denier, PVC Tarpaulin, in an AIRE-like system consisting of a zippered outer shell with pontoons inside, it seems tough enough for the long haul, though perhaps not quite as abusable as beefier models.
The self-bailer comes with three air chambers, adjustable thigh straps, an adjustable seat, hull abrasion rails, and a self-draining covered rear cargo hold for stashing gear. We especially liked its seat, with the innovative touch of Velcro fastening it to the floor, and the solid support of the seatback—the top easily fastens to the hull via two Fastex buckles.
This is the inflatable kayak all the kids chose as their favorite. It comes with great leg straps, but no foot pegs for additional purchase (note to designers: you might want to add those in). Cargo-wise, a mesh-covered area in the stern holds gear and is easily secured with a bungee system. Petty as it is, one con is that you have to unzip the stern cover to access the floor valve, which is a bit tough. Move the valve an inch or two forward, would ya?
Specs: L: 9’6”; W: 35”
How We Tested It
We tested this one on the Class II-III Yampa River during the main runoff season, a stretch that was seemingly made for it.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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