Coleman Quikpak™ K5 1-Person Kayak Review
The Coleman Quikpak may be a single-person kayak but its 250-pound capacity is a testament to its strength, sturdiness and stability. The NMMA certified inflatable kayak is a highly rated product among avid kayakers for these reasons, as well as for its compact inflated dimensions (10 feet x 2 feet 10 inches).
The kayak is ready to use out of the box since the package comes with a paddle and a hand pump for inflation, with its factory defects covered by a 1-year limited warranty.
You should put this kayak on top of your shortlist, too, because of its balance between reasonable price and respectable quality.
24-gauge PVC Construction
This is a strong and sturdy inflatable kayak because of its thick 24-gauge PVC cover and tarpaulin bottom. Both of these materials were chosen for their high resistance against damage from abrasions, tears and punctures from many sources, such as sharp rocks.
You will even be amazed at its high resistance against being snagged by fishing hooks, a great feature for anglers.
When properly inflated, the kayak also maintains its rigidity and, thus, its stability on water. You don’t have to worry about it folding in the middle when it encounters wave after wave, such as during windy conditions on a lake.
Multiple Air Chambers
This is a common feature on Coleman inflatable kayaks for a good reason. Each air chamber will require separate inflation, which may seem inconvenient but it isn’t when the clever design’s benefit is revealed.
Even when your kayak has a tear or puncture in one its air chambers, you can still paddle to shore – the kayak stays afloat until then.
You can quickly repair a puncture on shore, too. Just use a standard patch repair kit and follow the instructions. Your kayak should be ready for another ride within 30 minutes.
Ingenuous Backpack System
The Quikpak system is a clever design that makes it easy to keep the kayak and its carry bag together. The backpack becomes the kayak’s inflatable seat, which means you are likely to keep the two together during transport and storage. Otherwise, you won’t have a seat on your kayak rides.
The backpack is also easy to carry even on long hikes to the source of the river. Your shoulders will have the benefit of a cushion from the padded shoulder straps.
Ample Storage Space
The room for storage are aplenty, too, despite the kayak’s compact dimensions. You can store your gear, supplies and equipment in the zippered compartment, as well as carry them using bungee lacings and D rings.
You can bring as many of your essentials as possible since the kayak’s 250 -pound capacity can take it.
Carrying a fully-loaded kayak in and out of the water should be relatively easy, too. You can use the carry handles for this purpose, as well as ask for assistance in pushing it, if possible.
The spray covers come in handy when you’re in windy conditions when getting too wet from splashes is a possibility. You will not obviously be completely dry – you’re in the water, after all – but you can lessen the splashes by using the spray covers to your advantage.
- 5 to 10-minute setup
- Easy-to-carry backpack system
- Sufficient weight capacity for a single person and his gear
- Durable material coupled with airtight system to prevent leaks
- Cannot be used well on rough conditions, such as open water, fast rivers, and ocean
- Folding it after deflation for storage in the backpack requires practice
Q: What are the extras?
A: Hand pump and paddle.
The Coleman Quikpak K5 may not get a 5-star rating in our books because of the above mentioned cons but it certainly comes close.
You can use the kayak to master the basics kayaking, enjoying the recreational activity with your family and friends, and communing with Mother Nature on your trips. Whatever your plans, you will find it such a delight to handle on flat water conditions.
You should seriously consider purchasing this kayak. You can add other kayaks to your collection but you will remember it with great fondness, even return to its use time and time again.