Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO
Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO changes the face of inflatables. High-pressure chambers combine with the aluminum bow and stern struts to give you true rigid responsiveness and the ability to cut effortlessly through the water.
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- Very fast and responsive kayak
- Lightweight and easy to inflate
- Tracks effortlessly
- Narrow beam can make it feel unstable
- Limited upper capacity
Size, weight, capacity
The AirFusion Evo is 13 ft. (396 cm) long and 24 in. (61 cm) wide. These are some real cruising dimensions. But don’t be fooled by the diminutive width, this is still a really stable boat.
What these smaller measurements do mean, though, is that the AirFusion Evo isn’t necessarily suitable for larger adults. An upper capacity of just 234 lbs. (106 kg) isn’t enormous, especially if you plan to take any kit with you.
The AirFusion Evo weighs in at just 32 lbs. (14.6 kg). Where a lot of framed inflatables have a similar weight to their rigid counterparts, this kayak has retained a lightweight, easily portable feel.
The key features of the AirFusion EVO are the drop stitch seams on the chambers. The seams allow you to inflate the kayak to a higher pressure than normal inflatable kayaks, which improves rigidity. These combine with the aluminum struts to give the boat a really rigid and responsive feel, almost as though you’re paddling a plastic boat.
The durable polyurethane outer gives the kayak good puncture resistance. It also withstands the hardships of being transported around and those of launching and landing, so you can paddle worry-free.
Plastic tips at the nose and tail not only improve this durability but slightly improve tracking through waves, too. Tracking is improved further by the addition of a skeg at the rear of the boat.
An inflatable cockpit rim prevents water from pouring off the top deck and into the seating area. The seating itself is supportive and comfortable, with a high back system to give you all day comfort.
Internal storage is accessed through the rear hatch, which opens into a waterproof bag for day equipment. Quick access storage is in the form of a top deck bungee, at the front of the boat.
Right from the off, this boat is a bit of a winner. Despite having the internal aluminium struts, it has retained the portability and lightweight design which draws people to inflatable kayaks. This means it’s really easy for a solo paddler to load this boat into the trunk of their car and get to the water. Once there, this boat can easily be inflated and ready to go in under ten minutes.
On the water, this boat really does rival more traditional, hard shelled boats. It accelerates quickly and carries speed effortlessly over the water, tracking through the wind thanks to the rigid finish. It’s responsive, too, with good maneuverability to perform some tight turns.
The narrow beam which gives it this speed and response does have some drawbacks though. This is a kayak more suited to more experienced paddlers who are looking for a day tourer. Beginners to the sport may struggle initially with the balance of this boat.
This boat is suited for a medium adult due to the limited upper capacity.
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