Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump

The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. The bright yellow color and sporty graphics makes the kayak highly visible in the water. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults. Lightweight and compact, this kayak is a snap to assemble, and allows you to take the fun of kayaking wherever you go. Made with rugged vinyl construction, this sturdy kayak has an inflatable I-beam floor for comfort and rigidity. A removable skeg provides directional stability, while two adjustable, inflatable seats with backrests are included for comfort. Quick inflating or deflating is a breeze with a Boston valve on each side. A grab line and grab handle at each end is provided for your convenience, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard I.D., and a repair patch kit. The Explorer K2 Kayak provides added accessories including: two 86”aluminum oars and an Intex high-output pump for easy inflation and deflation.


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I love this kayak! You can go swimming in the middle of the lake. Re-entering is easy and it won't flip. When you remove both seats 2 people can comfortably sit on inflated floor facing each other and enjoy lazy afternoon on the water. You can also buy kayak anchor and enjoy sunshine without a drift.

 Great product. I purchased toward the end of summer for $94. So the the price does fluctuate with the season. Took me about 20min in set up the 1st time. About 15min for subsequent attempts. I've taken it out 3-4 times in the last 2 months. Collapses down small enough to fit in the trunk of a small car. The paddles work, but I felt were on the small side for me. This kayak is somewhat wide also. I ended up getting a 96inch paddle but i'm 5'10''. My 5 yr old daughter does ok with it. When I stretch out my legs, I have to tuck my feet to the sides of the front seat. The skin of the boat is reasonably strong. You'd have to scrape against some jagged metal or be hit head on by a hard pointy branch for this to puncture.

For the boating itself, this craft is ok. It doesn't seem as smooth or can go as fast as a hard plastic boat. But that's fine considering it's $100-200 less. I even took it through some mild rapids (still choppy enough to splash me good) and it held up fine.
The fin/skeg works fine and is easy to install but requires decent hand strength to remove (a good thing). It basically clicks in place and you have to push a tab down to remove it. I drilled a hole and put a fishing line through it in case the skeg falls off as suggested by others, but this is unnecessary. I even started heading away from shore once and the skeg, and only the skeg, hit an underwater boulder. I was going about 3mph when it hit and came to a dead stop, all 200+ lbs of the boat and people. The skeg edge was a little scratched but in place at the end. Maybe Intex updated the skeg after it 1st came out. I'm going to remove the fishing line before the next trip because it is unnecessary and gets seaweed,etc caught in it creating more drag.

If you were to give me the choice (price not an issue) b/w a hard plastic boat and this, I'd pick the hard boat. That said, I'm very happy with this very inexpensive and easy to transport kayak.

After having this for a year I can tell you this is a really good kayak for the occasional jaunt onto smooth water. My wife and I have taken it out multiple times and find it a real pleasure to use. Easy to setup and put away. It is heavy and a little bulky to store but you expect that. when inflated it is a nice smooth ride through the water.

This is an inflatable kayak, and those who review it in comparison to a solid hull craft are doing it a disservice. You are not going to go white water kayaking with this and you're not going to be going on week long jaunts with tons of gear either, it is meant to be recreational in purpose, nothing more. With that in mind for the price you cannot go wrong. Also comparing this to the 4-600 dollar models is not fair either, it is not meant to be in that class.

Suggestions:

Drill a hole in the Skeg and tie a line to it and then to the stern of the kayak to prevent losing it. It WILL come out as others have said.

Do not overinflate the seats, they don't need to be rock hard.

Get some longer oars if you can afford it. Better quality wouldn't hurt either. But if you can't the stock one will work in a pinch.

1st time you use it make sure you reach inside and press the drain plug in the stern in FIRMLY. it will come out and your back side will get soggy.

Get a better bag to store it in. I use a large Coleman duffle bag I had laying around. The bag they give you is crap and will tear out. Plus it will not hold the oars anyway.

Other than that just enjoy it. it is nice way to waste and afternoon.

A genuinely usable intro to the world of kayaking. I would upgrade the paddles for a more comfortable grip. Also, I improvised a semi-official solution to the lost-skeg problem by using a Go-Pro tethering system (search GoPro Surf Mount) to keep the skeg from getting lost once disconnected. See photo.

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Living in an area that abounds in natural recreation, I've been debating purchasing a kayak for years. I been on many different hard types via rentals over the years, but the investment in both a kayak, and some type of frame to transport it on my car were definitely prohibitive factors. After a lot of online research, I decided to give an inflatable a try. One of the key requirements was that it was durable enough to bring a dog. This definitely fits the bill. I've taken it out several times, now, and I have to say that I love it.

Some of the pros:
Easily transportable in any vehicle
Easily set up- it takes me about 10-15 minutes, from vehicle to water
Durable (I have brought 2 of my 3 dogs, nails trimmed)
Roomy
Very comfortable
Moves well in the water
The two dual valves are very reliable

Some of the cons:
Heavy (it's best to inflate in a location close to the water if possible)
Not a one-person task for anyone with any physical limitations (I'm guessing)
Paddle is a bit flimsy. I ordered a Day Tripper, which is much better
Instructions are a bit lacking
Pool-toy style of valves are difficult to manage
Deflation can be tedious

I chose the two-seater so that I could accommodate another person, or a dog. If you do go with this kayak, I recommend you set it up in your home first to get the hang of the inflation process, and make sure everything is in working order. The manual pump is quite easy to use, and it inflates the kayak quickly. I purchased a small motor pump, mostly for the deflation feature, as getting all of the air out can be challenging- especially the floor, which for some reason does not have the dual valve feature. There is a plug in the rear of the kayak which you should make sure is secure before getting in the water. The intention of this plug is to be able to drain any water from the kayak when done. This is not in the manual, and we found this out the hard way.
If you intend to bring your dog, I recommend trimming and filing nails, and make sure he has a life jacket (I recommend Outward Hound). Also, I purchased an inexpensive yoga mat to put inside the kayak on the floor, just for extra protection, and to give more of a feel of stability under their paws.
I'm very pleased with this purchase, and I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time exploring in it this summer.

I have 3, have owned them a season now and have been torture testing them, did great on over 20 lake trips this season, even did pretty good on my 8 river trips on a river that got up to class 4 (Poudre River), porting is not good enough for the larger rapids so you have to get to the side to dump it out occasionally if you are doing class 3 and up, I was very impressed how it could handle rock hit after rock hit in the turbulent waters

One did have a hole appear on one of the seams on the inside of the boat and I have not attempted a repair yet but I got a lot of use out of them and abuse them plenty by storing them in my car and unwittingly allowing friends to over inflate them, so I can see why the hole appeared

All in all I am very satisfied even if one of the three now has a repair awaiting it

*UPDATE

I have had these for a year now, all three got holes in storage, 4 holes in total including the seem I never got around to patching up.

Got a thing of "stabond" and pvc patches from local kayaking shop and tried as best I could to follow the instructions given to me, they all hold up on lake trips and storage about to do the first river trip since the patches got layed down, will see how they do

Actually 4.5 stars but for this kind of money I gave it the bump to 5 stars. First of all, you have to realize what you are considering here, you are looking at an ultra convenient and extremely inexpensive all-inclusive tandem kayak package. If you are expecting to get a Nordic style fiberglass racing machine you are going to be sorely disappointed. Now, having said that, what this boat will provide is FUN, and lots of it. It's got it's ups and downs which I found when I took it to a slow moving section of the Colorado River below Hoover Dam. First thing I did when I got it was set it all up in the garage (I recommend you do the same) to familiarize myself with everything. I did order the yellow Airhead 12V pump to get things started and finished with the supplied pump to get it up to final pressure, using the clear gauge provided. Right away I noticed the ropes supplied on the bow and stern were entirely too long, so I made those adjustments. Also the paddles that are provided are very flimsy and you will never be satisfied with them unless you like going very slow or are planning to just let the kids use them, for which they would be fine. Get yourselves a set of decent paddles, seriously, it will make all the difference in the world. If you ever have to power into wind or against current these things will fail you.

I also did the the skeg fishing line mod although after looking the system over I don't think it's really needed unless doing a lot of scraping going backwards. The skeg clips in from bow to stern so even if you hit something it wouldn't fall out if you are headed forward. The old skeg system was different and maybe that's what people were having problems with? This one seems very secure though.

Now, onto the water............This maiden (and only thus far) voyage would be a solo paddle on a day with 10-20mph upriver winds forecast. The inflation went flawlessly aside from the floor, which really should be a Boston valve, the valve provided is an oversized pool toy valve and it is probably one of the biggest downsides to the boat. If the inner flap isn't just so, air will leak back out as soon as you pull the pump out to seal it. The trick with these types of valves is to not insert the pump end too far in, let the air push the flap down with each pump and it will self seal. Next, I secured a dry bag in the front with a biner to the spray skirt rope, secured my cooler to the front seat strap, and secured the pump with a large carabiner to my seat strap behind me. While paddling solo I would recommend leaving the front seat in for the very purpose of having attachment points in the boat for gear since there are no D rings. (the more expensive Sea Eagles don't have them either)

Paddling up river with a tailwind I am moving along decently, without much trouble. But then the going seems to get tougher and tougher when I realize the boat has lost a lot of firmness. Ok, well, the water is 52 degrees and the ambient air temperature was about 80 at the time of inflation. So, I easily spin around in my seat, grab the pump, and give the 3 valves conveniently located behind my seat enough pumps to get it back to a good firmness, this made a HUGE difference. I did end up having to do this a couple of more times as the water got rougher because I think with it splashing on the tops of the side chambers it was continually cooling down the air inside. Also the left seat strap kept loosening so I had to twist the end multiple times around itself to get it to stay put, fairly annoying but I remember what I paid and deal with it.

The paddle was actually really good given the conditions I was dealing with. The wind gradually increased and there was white capping chop in all but the shoreline. I went out and played in it and even surfed a couple of times in some bigger troughs, it was really fun! Wound up paddling a little over 2 miles upriver and 2 miles back. For the return trip the wind kicked up to the upper teens with short gusts around 25 and it was a chore to get back. I deflated my seat bottom to lower my profile and also offset my paddle blades to cut through the wind better and those things did help. I did pass a couple of canoes that were each being tandem paddled so that was cool.

You won't regret it, just know that you aren't buying a $700 AE Convertible and be realistic in your expectations. I would say this boat competes much more directly with the Sea Eagle line even though they are about 3X the price. If you want inexpensive fun and lots of bang for the buck, buy this boat, you won't regret it!

Awesome purchase! My husband and I purchased this to explore Arizona lakes. Took it out in Lake Pleasant for 6 hours and it was loads of fun! Max weight capacity says 400 lbs but we easily had 450lbs between the both us, a cooler, gallon of water and a backpack full of misc. gear. The skeg locks in and it got a little scraped up as to be expected...but it held in place no problem. We did purchase a separate set of paddles so I cannot review the ones that came with this boat. We used the pump that came with it instead of our electric one. It took 10 mins to fill and super easy! If you are looking for something to take on a lake or easy river, this is the way to go!

I was a skeptic as well! I searched through 50+ different kayaks on Amazon and other websites and read more reviews than I care to admit. I was prepared to spend $300-800 on a Kayak; we live 2 miles from a lake so I figured it would get plenty of use. I was convinced that the only way to go was a solid hard plastic kayak, but man those things are pricey when you start looking at the 2-seater options. This one popped up on my sidebar on Amazon at least 50 times before I decided to look at it, the solid rating is the only reason I even considered looking at it. Ultimately, I decided that even if it is a terrible product I would only be out $100, and could still search for another one. Don’t be me, don’t be a skeptic. This is a solid product if you are looking to go out and have a little fun. If you are trying to be a competitive kayaker then I might consider clicking the back button at the top of your screen. For the price this product can’t be beaten, no question.
Assembly: 5 out of 5- This thing came together in no time. We didn’t test it prior to taking it to the lake and when we got there we were on the water within 10 minutes. The pump does an excellent job and is quite nice.

Comfort: 4 out of 5- My wife and I are both average sizes, and we had no issues with the comfort. The seat backs could be slightly higher to provide more support, but overall solid.

Fun Factor: 5 out of 5- My wife and I loved it, we did a 5-mile loop on the lake in a little under 2 hours. It is the perfect product for someone just looking to go out a couple times a month and have a little fun.

Paddles: 3 out of 5- Not great, but not the worst. They get the job done, but you can tell that they are a bit flimsy and won’t last long term.

Security: 4.5 out of 5- I didn’t feel like I was going to fall out or that the kayak was going to collapse around me at any time.

Tracking: 3.5 out of 5- It did pretty well with two of us in there paddling, but it did have a tendency to have a mind of its own on occasion, we had to correct our direction several times throughout.

Very satisfied with this purchase, I plan on buying a second one.

I purchased the Explorer K2 rather than the Challenger for two reasons. First the higher sides and curved front made it more versatile; I can use it on a lake, canal, and river (moderate rapids). Second, the seats have a little better back support as the seat straps attach to the top of the main side chambers rather than lower down as on the Challenger. That allows me to lean back without the seat back bending in half.

I found this kayak more stable in a fast moving river than a hard-plastic shell kayak. You sit nice and low, and with the slightly wider profile, I had no fear of rolling over. That's important to me as I often kayak alone on a semi-secluded river. I purchased a Kayak Bungee Paddle Leash, so I don't have to worry about losing my paddle and being carried away.

The paddles that comes with it are a bit short and flex too much. I purchased better paddles (SeaSense 8690 X-1 Unified Marine Kayak paddle 96-inch). They are longer 96" vs 84", have a thicker curved paddle head for added stiffness, and only have one snap-in connection joint (2 long pieces total vs. the 5 short pieces of the included paddles). I assume Intex used the five piece paddles so they would fit in the carry bag.

I added a picture of the bottom since I didn't see any from the other customer reviews.

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