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I love my kayak. Inflates fairly quickly (all ready in under 10 minutes moving fairly leisurely). Sturdy and steady in the water. The rudders keep you from being blown about too much, but I’ve only used it on a smaller river. Can take a bit of time to dry it completely before packing it up, but you get a system after using it a few times and that speeds it up. Very comfortable. Does not have the grips to brace your legs for leverage while paddling, but I used the added seat for this adjusted to my own leg length which works well.
All round great kayak. Their paddle is excellent as well and extends to the necessary length as this kayak is a bit wider due to the inflatable nature of it. Very happy with my purchase!
it was great for a year of usage, but today when I took it out for a spin, the outer stitches came off and the inner rubber air bladder was bulging out because the stiches of the outer part came off. Even before this, the zipper on the bag failed. The store guys were completely clueless in the multiple locations i asked them about support. I guess in India we just have to scrap a 35k INR boat. No point buying if the company doesnt offer support. I regret buying this sub standard product from decathlon.
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These boats are good and have good reviews to back them up but selling an inflatable kayak without a pump from the manufacturers who then recommend their own pump. which is around £25 doesnt make good, consumer friendly sense. Most consumers would prefere the pump to be included, even if this effects the price.
Bought this to use on the Norfolk Broads as is within walking distance of my home. Very impressed with my first two outings. Kayak is stable and easy to paddle in a straight line. Very quick to inflate and deflate. I bought the 2 piece paddles and glad I did as it need paddles that are longer (235cm) due to the kayak width. Only gripes are the carry bag straps are not really fit for purpose. They are narrow and need to be wider to spread the load. This would cost pennies to manufacture and improve comfort for carrying. Also advert needs to be clearer that the pump is not included
Firstly, it's quite bulky and heavy. Taking it, a pump and two paddles on a bus to your paddling destination is difficult to imagine but it fits well in a small car especially with Decathlons two piece paddles.
It inflates quickly and is very stable on the water. The three fins on the bottom make it easy to pitch and steer. It's comfortable too. With the seats adjusted correctly it easily accommodates two of us and our small dry bag. We can probably fit our small dog in too!
It's a really impressive product for the price and perfect for those wanting to take up or rediscover canoeing, or simply want to paddle but storage space is at a premium.
I am Pascal from Konkan Explorers (Goa). We propose kayaking excursions and we have been using with our passengers, the Itiwit Inflatable Kayak for the last two months in a river and the sea.
If you do not have space for storing a rigid kayak or/and you are searching for original destination to explore, this kayak for one or two persons is a valuable option.
The most obvious quality of this equipment is its handyness. Presented in its backpack (14 kgs), this kayak can easily be carried on a scooter. And with the use of the Itiwit double action pump, it gets fully ready in less than 10 mins. This is possible thanks to the fact that it requires a low pressure inflation (only 1.5 PSI). In spite of this, do not think it is going to be a floppy, saggy craft...
The kayak presents three compartments which once inflated work like an ingenious kind of a structure providing reinforced rigidity. Thanks to this and with the help of three removable fins underneath, the kayak impresses once in the water with a good tracking as well as an excellent manoeuvrability. These qualities are constant whether used in solo or tandem. One important thing is to inflate fully the seats (1.5 PSI) otherwise the position is too low and it becomes difficult and quite strenuous to paddle efficiently.
Besides the satisfactory nautical qualities, this Kayak designed for activities on flat water (river, lake, sea) surprises by its safety. First, the fact that it proposes three independent compartments is a crucial pledge of safety. Second, it offers a flawless stability. It is simply extremely difficult to tip this kayak. If ever it happens the re-integration in the craft from the water is smooth.
It appears that the general quality of the product is excellent for this range of price. A well thought strong outer fabric protects efficiently the inflatable compartments from light contact with unfriendly surfaces. But do not forget that it is an inflatable device, so be careful of rocks, shells, roots, and more generally, of any contact with the ground.
For summarizing a fun, innovative, safe, and affordable kayak for the ones who want to develop a closer contact with nature.
Hello Mr. Pascal
Thank you so much for taking out time and reviewing the ITIWIT Inflatable kayaks in such detail. We are glad that you have a good kayaking experience with our products and our aim is to continue building affordable and attractive products for sports lovers. Thanks to feedback like yours, we can continuously improve the quality/design of our products to make them more competitive.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance in the future. Happy Kayaking :)
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Kayaking & Sailing
I live in a first floor flat and have no-where to store a rigid kayak, so I looked at inflatable alternatives. I found this one after visiting my local Decathlon store and couldn't believe the great quality for the price. I didn't hesitate and bought one straight away. It is great that I don't need a roof rack on my car and I can store it in my bedroom cupboard . It only takes about 10 minutes to inflate with the Itiwit double action pump. I am a big man and had trouble finding a kayak that would take my weight (117kg) but this does the job brilliantly, even after I have loaded it with a couple of dry bags full of spare clothing etc. I definitely recommend this kayak, especially if you are a beginner like me and don't want to spend a fortune. Also for a beginner, it is very stable and track well with the included fins on the bottom. Decathlon also provide a great range of spares for the kayak, I have now got spare fins and Boston valves because these can get lost if you're as clumsy as me :-)
Bought this in the spring and I've taken it out about a dozen times. Mostly short river trips, a few times off a beach and a few times for day trips. Great boat, no problems at all and I would definitely recommend it!!
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I chose it because the pack-away aspect means I can take it on the bus or in a friend's car, since I don't own a car of my own.
Carrying the rucksack: it's pretty heavy but once it's on your back it's ok. I and a couple of friends of all genders have carried it 5-10 mins just fine, longest I've carried it is about 20 mins and that was about my limit. We're all prob average fitness.
Inflation/deflating: super quick and easy. 5-10 mins tops. Took me a few tries to figure out exactly how to fold it up but there's a technique, follow the directions in the book and it's really easy.
Experience on the water: the boat is significantly more stable than your average hard shell kayak, a bit more like a canoe, which means it's great for taking out inexperienced or nervous friends with you. With the skegs on the bottom it tracks just fine, I'm told that without them the tracking is a bit worse. Since it's inflatable I'm a bit more careful about things like rocks, hidden objects underwater etc than I would be with a hard shell kayak. But it's pretty sturdy to be honest and I've banged into a couple of underwater trees and scraped it along the sides of locks and things with no problems. The material is very tough. You can't seal launch or drag it along the ground but that's fine for me. Very easy to board as it's so stable on the water.
Comfort: it's a decent size for two people. I'm 5"10' and mostly take out shorter friends, no problems with leg room and you can fit a day trip's worth of gear into the back and under your legs. Have put a friend who is 6" in it with somebody else and she was fine for leg room. You can also turn the boat into a single really easily. The back support is decent and is adjustable and you can easily find a comfortable paddling position. If you are used to a closed hard shell kayak, the only thing is you don't feel quite as "locked in" to the boat as you would in one of those. Control is fine on a normal river or calm ocean but I wouldn't feel in control doing white water or anything. I tried out a deep water re-entry last time I had it on the ocean and it was very doable for somebody with average upper body strength.
Other gear: I bought Itiwit buoyancy aids and the pump and a 230cm split paddle. The BAs and pump are fine, the paddle's generally good but it's a bit short if you're the person in the back. So for a second paddle I bought a 240cm one online. You need a paddle with longer reach than in a hard shell boat because the inflatable boat is slightly bulkier.
Overall the paddling experience is very good, I've had some great times with this boat!!
My first point would be to say how excellent the service was I received at the Chelmsford store. The sales assistant went out of his way to help resolve an issue with a gift voucher I had.
I have only used the kayak once so far, on a tidal river. It was great fun! Easy to inflate and surprising rigid and stable on the water, especially given the low pressure it is inflated to. It was quick to deflate when I'd finished with it. It feels good quality for the price and I'm looking forward to using it a lot more.
It did take a while to dry out properly after I'd given it a good wash after use. I think one small improvement could be made to the paddles, and that would be a larger disc on the paddle shaft as you do get some water running down the paddle into the boat. This could be my dodgy technique though :) Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.
This kayak is very well thought out and very well made, it's easy to assemble straight out of the bag and just as easy to pack away. On the water it performs very well, I couldn't ask for more and for the price it's a bargain.
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