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Innova Swing II

- published March 2014

79

2014

RATINGS

Maneuverability
5
Speed
7
Durability
5
Weight
7
Wave punchability
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
79

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THE GOOD

  • Cool metal-arch-supported deck to keep you out of the elements
  • Streamlined hull for touring
  • Zippered deck for storage access

THE BAD

  • Rigging the arch support crossbars
  • Designed more for straight-line touring than whitewater
  • Keeping track of the snap-in fin

THE VERDICT

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. 

While most of the companies in our inflatable kayak test also offer IKs for touring, but none specialize in it as much as Innova, whose new Swing II has something most other IKs don’t: a deck to keep spray at bay. 

FULL REVIEW

Measuring 13’2” and weighing 31 lbs, the tandem can carry up to 400 lbs. of people and gear. More importantly, its “tubeless” design—made of rubber-coated rip-stop polyester hulls—means its two side chambers and I-beam floor can inflate to a higher pressure than bladder kayaks for a more rigid ride (it also dries quicker for roll-up storage).

Helping its rigidity are three nifty metal crossbars that snap in beneath the deck for added support. For gear storage, access the fore and aft areas via a zippered deck, and secure additional items on deck rigging above. For better tracking, attach a snap-in fin. We pulled it from our Subaru’s cargo hatch for a jaunt around Colorado’s Trapper’s Lake and found ourselves as pumped up as our paddlecraft.

Bonus: Velcro along the cockpit combing for securing an add-on spray skirt. 

Specs: L: 13’2”; W: 33”

How We Tested It

For this one we headed to Pearl Lake in northwest Colorado, where we took turns paddling off into the sunset under the warm alpenglow of golden aspen trees.

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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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$799.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Maneuverability
5
Speed
7
Durability
5
Weight
7
Wave punchability
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
79

Weight

31 lbs

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