Elkton Outdoors Kayak Review
Fishing via an inflatable kayak is becoming an increasingly popular recreation because of its physical and mental health benefits, especially for men and women.
The Elkton Outdoors brand addresses the needs and wants of novice and veteran kayakers for durable, versatile and functional inflatable kayaks.
One of its best is the 10-foot Inflatable Tear Resistant Fishing Kayak with large dimensions (118x35x15 inches). This kayak can inflate within 10 minutes, which can be done out of the box or done on site.
The package includes two adjustable seats, six rod holders (four trolling and two vertical), and double-sided oars as well as repair kit, foot pump, and carry bag.
This is a durable kayak suitable for rugged use in flat water and open seas, except for whitewater rapids.
The 18-gauge 1000 Denier PVC has high resistance against punctures, rips and abrasions, which means reduced risks of springing a leak on water.
Even thick fishing hooks cannot easily rip through the thick material, although avoidance of jagged rocks is recommended.
With proper care, the kayak can be used for several years. Be sure to hose down the deflated kayak with tap water after use and let it air-dry.
Easy to Repair and Adjust
This kayak has three separate removable air chambers for fast, easy and convenient adjustment of air pressure and repair of leaks.
The air pressure in each chamber – use a pressure gauge – can be customized depending on your needs, but it’s also important to maintain the right balance between all three air chambers.
The leak can easily be repaired, too, with the patch repair kit. Even with a leak, the kayak should still stay afloat until you reach the shore, thanks to the separate air chambers.
Easy to Inflate and Deflate
The kayak can easily be inflated using the high-output foot pump. Within 10 minutes or so, its full size can be achieved, even with moderate pressure on the pump.
Caution must be made about using an electric pump for this product as it can be dangerous – just use a manual pump.
Within 10 minutes, too, the kayak can be deflated to its nearly original size (i.e., out of the box). The first try at folding can be difficult but subsequent tries should be easier.
This has a streamlined design that makes it easy to paddle and, thus, control and maneuver on water, even when there are overhanging branches and protruding roots. Fishing can be more productive since it’s easier to control the kayak when fish has bitten the bait.
The effective control of the kayak also comes from the efficient use of the durable yet lightweight double-sided oars. Each three-section aluminum oar has a twist-and-lock design, which makes it easy to assemble for use and disassemble for storage. If you can play guitar, it’s bring extra fun for you.
Sufficient Storage Space
The kayak has four built-in mesh gear pockets for storing your gear and supplies, such as fly boxes, for at least a few days.
There are also carry handles on the sides, fore and aft as well as D rings for securely attaching other kayaking equipment, such as spray shields and anchor.
You can also drag a few of your gear behind the kayak with the assurance that the durable material can carry it (i.e., no ripping).
- Sturdy and strong construction from the durable PVC to the welded seams
- Holds air better than other inflatable kayaks
- Floats even with a small leak or puncture
- Everything necessary for kayaking already included (i.e., out-of-the-box use)
- Solid yet lightweight oars
- Not suitable for use in rough water conditions
Q: Is this a good starter kayak?
A: Yes, it’s a great kayak for beginners.
Q: Can it be used by one person only?
A: Yes, it can.
The 10-foot Elkton Outdoors inflatable kayak provides great value for the money due to its durable materials, ample storage options, and effective control.
You can bring along a friend or go on a solo trip – and in both instances, you have the assurance that it will hold up to the demands of kayaking on flat water conditions.
You may use it for touring a stretch of a slow-moving river, fishing in a lake, and enjoying the company of your friend on a nice day.
Indeed, if you’re looking for a large inflatable kayak with plenty of useful features, then you must seriously consider this Elkton Outdoors kayak!