Tuesday, May 21, 2024

An inflatable Super Kayak fits in a handy bag for transport

Kayaking is one of the extreme water sports. While many people enjoy this fun activity, they may be put off by how cumbersome the boats are to transport and how tippy they can be. But a new kayak called the Super Kayak was designed to solve both of these problems.

Created by London-based product designer Kirk Kirchev, this portable kayak focuses on the three main problem areas of a standard kayak and makes them even better. This includes speed, stability, and portability. The Super Kayak comes with a patented aerodynamic design for effortless speed and has a strong bumper zone for shock absorption.

An inflatable Super Kayak fits in a handy bag for transport.
Super Kayak Design. Credit: Super Kayak

The watercraft takes the form of a modular, inflatable, sit-on-top catamaran kayak. It consists of two streamlined inflatable aramid fiber hulls, joined together by an anodized 7000 aluminum alloy frame. The hulls are double-skinned and coated in thermoplastic polyurethane for puncture and abrasion resistance. The frame includes a seat with a folding adjustable backrest, an adjustable footrest, and a small netted cargo-carrying platform.

The Super Kayak also comes with a four-piece paddle and a portable electric pump, which is suitable for 15 hull inflations per USB charge.

An inflatable Super Kayak fits in a handy bag for transport.
New watercraft combines speed, stability and portability in one design. Credit: Super Kayak

When assembled, the kayak measures 12 feet (3.65 meters) long, 3 feet (0.91 meters) wide, 2.5 feet (0.76 meters) high, and weighs 30 pounds (15 kg). The boat can carry a maximum load of 220 lbs (100 kg). And when disassembled and stored in the included bag, it measures 28 x 20 x 12 inches (65 x 50 x 30 cm). You can easily carry the entire setup in a bag and prepare it in just four minutes. The Super Kayak has a cruising speed of 6km/h (4mph) and can reach the maximum speed of 11km/h (7mph).

The inflatable Super Kayak is on Kickstarter and costs around $1,399. The planned retail price will be $2,100.