Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

The Intex brand has built a reputation for quality yet affordable above-ground pools, airbeds, and inflatable kayaks. The Challenger brand has similarly become synonymous with inflatable boats suitable for use by kids and adults alike – and the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is one of them.

​This is a one-person kayak with an inflated size of 108x30x15 inches with a maximum weight capacity of 200 pounds.

The package already included the aluminum oars, repair patch, and hand-operated high-output air pump. You will be delighted to know that it can be used out of the box although obviously, full inflation is a must.

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

Quick Features of ​Intex K1 Kayak

  • Weight: 25 pounds
  • Material: Vinyl
  • Dimension: 108 x 30 x 13 inches
  • Other Features: Durable welded material with eye-catching graphics

Details Features of Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

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Rugged Vinyl PVC

The Intex kayaks are all made from sturdy and strong thick vinyl PVC from hull to floor, thus, their extra durability even with regular use.

The material is also proven to be highly resistant to punctures, tears, and abrasions from rocks, branches, and roots, and fishing hooks.

You shouldn’t obviously subject the kayak to deliberate testing of its durability, such as puncturing it with a sharp knife.  The material, however, can withstand the occasional accidental scrapings from Mother Nature.

Comfortable Cockpit

The cockpit is as comfortable as can be, even with the kayak’s relatively smaller dimensions. You have a comfortable inflatable seat to park your rear on, a must for hour-long paddling.

You can also lean back on the seat’s backrest when idling, even when finding a comfortable position while paddling.

With the leg-friendly cockpit area, you can actually shift your legs’ positions while idling and paddling. Many kayaks don’t have the right leg space, which means cramped sensations in the lower limb.

Adequate Storage Space

Inadequate cargo space is one of the main issues in inferior inflatable kayaks. This isn’t so with the Challenger K1 since you have three ways to bring along your gear, supplies, and equipment for a few days of kayaking.

These are the grab lines on both sides of the kayak for dragging gear in a waterproof container; the cargo net at the front for your supplies; and the space beneath your feet to keep your food and drinks handy.

I-beam Floor

The kayak also has an I-beam floor, a design incorporated into Intex kayaks because of its various benefits. First, it adds to the overall rigidity of the kayak resulting in greater stability.

Even when the weather changes from calm to windy, the kayak will maintain its shape instead of a fold in the middle, as many inflatable kayaks without an I-beam are at risk of. Second, it adds to your comfort in the cockpit. You will be likely to stay in your seat since the kayak is as stable as can be.

Low-profile Design

The kayaker sits low on the water with the Challenger K1 kayak. Your kayaking performance will be more effective and efficient, too, with such a low profile, especially in a crosswind.

But don’t worry about getting lost in the water, so to speak, since the bright color scheme and sports graphics on the kayak make it so easy to spot, even in rainy conditions.


  • Sturdy materials with I-beam construction
  • Sufficient storage space for a single person
  • Comfortable cockpit
  • Package included oar, repair patch kit, and pump
  • East inflation and deflation
  • High weight capacity


  • Unsuitable for rougher water conditions
  • Only one person


Q: How long does it take to inflate, deflate, and store?

You can have the fully inflated kayak within 10 minutes, including the hull and adjustable seats. The paddle will only take a minute or so to snap together, even less time to take them apart for storage.

Q: How big is its carry bag?

The carry bag is already included in the package. It measures 3 x 1.5 x 1.5’ wide when packed.

Final Verdict

The Challenger K1 kayak is a great choice for a beginner kayaker because it’s so easy to assemble, use and disassemble.

You can immediately use it after fully inflating it on site instead of worrying about buying additional accessories, such as the paddle, pump, and repair kit.

You can rely on its durability even after hours of learning to paddle well and, thus, maneuver it through calm water.

Buy it now and start learning the basics of kayaking on your neighborhood lake. You can even use it in your large swimming pool, if only for practice.

Barry Robinson

Hi. This is Barry J. Robinson. I love to fishing, kayaking and blogging. I start fishing & kayaking when I was at the age of 18. I love to write about my fishing & kayaking review and parts review. Regularly writing about fishing and kayaking for various magazines, newspapers and websites.

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