Coleman Quikpak™ K1 1-Person Kayak Review
The Coleman brand is synonymous with durable and functional outdoor gear including coolers, tents and inflatable kayaks.
The Quickpak K1 1-person kayak is among its popular products because it has the attributes of the brand from its durable materials to its clever design.
This is an NMMA-certified product with the 400-pound weight capacity. When fully inflated, its dimensions are 8 feet 7 inches by 3 feet, a large yet maneuverable kayak for a single person on board.
Each package already comes with the inflatable kayak, a high-output hand pump, and a sturdy paddle. The manufacturer provides a 90-day limited warranty.
Easy-to-carry Backpack System
The kayak has an ingenuous design – the backpack used for carrying and storing it turns into a seat when fully inflated! When not being used, it can be deflated and folded into its integrated backpack, which has padded shoulder straps for easy carrying even on hikes.
The backpack can also be stowed into any small compartment, such as your car’s trunk, for transport and storage.
You can easily inflate, deflate and fold the kayak into its backpack, which means less effort on these tasks and more enjoyment for kayaking.
Rugged Material for Lake Use
The 21-gauge PVC vinyl used on the Quikpak kayaks is one of the thickest in the industry. The strong and sturdy hull is complemented by the tough tarpaulin bottom, which adds extra protection against punctures. Tarpaulin is a heavy-duty waterproof canvas.
Even when the kayak springs a leak, your kayak will stay afloat because of the multiple separate air chambers. As long as one air chamber is free of punctures, you can paddle your way back to shore for leak repairs.
The kayak has a solid feel from its bow to stern due to several factors. First, its flat and rigid floor aids in maintaining its solid shape on water even when there are waves. Instead of folding in over itself, it acts like a hard-shell kayak.
Second, the three air chambers also keeps the boat as solid as can be on water. Just be sure to keep them inflated at their proper pressure for optimum performance.
The cockpit’s design makes you want to stay for hours at a time in the kayak. The inflatable seat itself has the right balance between a soft cushion and a firm surface for effective paddling. The backseat allows for leaning back to rest and enjoy the view, a must for recreational kayakers.
The multi-position footrest adds to the comfortable feeling – just find the best position for paddling and idling. The bottom line: The design allows for stretching your legs, arms and back.
Multiple Storage Options
The storage option leaves nothing to be desired, too, considering that it’s a one-seat kayak. You can store your gear in the secure storage area on board while the cup holder makes it easy to reach for your drink. You can also carry the kayak in and out of the water with ease, thanks to the carry handles.
- Fast inflation and deflation
- Easy-to-carry backpack system with integrated seat
- Roomy cockpit
- Tough materials and solid construction
- Sufficient storage options
- Hand pump and paddle included
- Only for use in flat water
- Storage space could be larger especially for longer trips
Q: Does the kayak have a low profile?
A: Yes, it does. You will have more control on your paddling.
Q: Can leaks be quickly repaired?
A: Yes, these can be repaired easily and quickly with a repair patch kit.
The Quickpak K1 1-person kayak is a must-buy for beginners in kayaking although veterans also use it for recreational purposes, such as on shorter trips.
No matter who uses it, the kayak delivers on the Coleman promise of durability, stability and safety although emphasis must be made that it should only be used in fair weather and flat water conditions.
Buy it now! You’re making an investment in your physical and mental health because kayaking is one of the best cardio, low-impact exercises with great results.