I’ve always thought having a canoe or kayak would be excellent for survival, but the problem is that they’re pretty pricey, and you’ll need a particular mode of transportation to transfer them or at least a car roof rack. No longer, because it is now available for only $69.99 on Amazon.
I know I know a lot of people will say wow, inflatable. That doesn’t sound very reliable. This is what we’re going to test and review Intex Challenger K1 Kayak’s durability. The link is in the above section. If you’re interested in checking Intex Challenger K1 Kayak out, it has a lot of positive ratings and promises a lot of fun.
This inflatable kayak’s reliability and durability are what we’re going to test. We tested the kayak on the lake. Alright, so as you can see, it comes with a carry bag. The weight of this kayak is approximately 25 pounds, so if you were travelling by foot with this kayak. It might get a bit too heavy considering that you have other things. However, imagine carrying a 9 feet plastic kayak on your back.
We have the kayak nicely folded in the carrying bag. I recommend remembering how it is folded to fold it nicely later. If you want to store it back in the bag, we have an inflatable seat. We have the bag, the pump, the pedal, and a repair kit just in case you get a hole.
Surprisingly, given the size, my expectations for how long this would take were significantly higher than they are. It took me about 2 minutes to pump this whole thing up with the air, so it works pretty well. So, the only downside of the seat is that it has a different air inlet size. The pump comes with two heads with a smaller one and a little bigger one attachment, but you probably will need to finish it up with your mouth. Easy as that.
This review is actually for my Survival Kit. So basically, if anything wrong happens, for example, a global pandemic. You never know, never know, and you never know you had to leave the house and then travel. For extended periods, or maybe you had to stay like yourself up in the house and not leave. What kind of gear? Would you keep it with you? Would you want to have it in your home, or what equipment would you like to take? And I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I think having a kayak or canoe is a great idea, especially while driving for lengthy periods. You have no idea what awaits you on the journey since you never know what will happen.
As I suggested, it’d be fantastic to have some form of water transportation, even if it’s just kayaks. First and foremost, they are pretty costly. You’ll be able to tell if you’re buying a conventional plastic kayak or something else entirely. At the same time, you’ll need a larger car with a roof rack and other accessories, so it’ll be a little uncomfortable, but something similar. Oh, my God, it’s incredible. Can you imagine simply putting the small package on the table?
This horror is currently 9 feet long and 2 feet wide, but when you deflate it. It’s only about two by two inches, possibly less, and you can place it in the trunk of your car wherever you like and use it whenever you need it. If you need to cross the river, you have a kayak.
They have Intex Challenger K2 two-seaters available, and I’ll include the links above so you can check them out. This one can hold up to 200 pounds, so it’s not awful. On the other hand, the two-seaters can obviously carry a lot more, which is astounding for an inflatable kayak, but I’m not going to say too much too soon.
This Intex Challenger K1 is a real winner. I’d never contemplated using an inflatable kayak—alternatively, anything. However, the feedback has been positive. I believe there are over 20,000 reviews on Amazon, which is rather impressive.
The paddles have been the only source of criticism I’ve seen. People have complained that they aren’t durable or reliable, yet they have performed admirably thus far. This is genuinely quite good, I must say. It’s far superior to a standard plastic kayak. Those items, I recall, are a little unstable. This one has a lot of sturdiness to it.
One reminder, don’t try to move by pressing on the sides to kind of get yourself up because that bends the kayak in those parts, and the water can get in. Reminder number two; it was very ambitious of me to think that my feet would not get wet. I was proven wrong, so wear something that can quickly be drained or waterproof.
I’ve been on the lake for about an hour and a half. I was kayaking around the lake already three times back and forth. Pretty good workout. I have to say. And. Still not eaten by alligators. And still not on the bottom of the lake with the deflated pack. It’s holding firm.
I love this Intex Challenger K1 so far. All right, so reminder number three, make sure you paddle carefully whenever you’re paddling. Like I was saying, here in Southwest Florida, there is a lovely river, a nice kayak route, the Hatchie River. So, if you’re here, definitely check it out. Check out the whole Caloosahatchee State Park.
It’s fantastic and freaking awesome. But anyway, let’s conquer the Hatch River. I think I’m ready for it with this kayak, so since kayaks don’t have handbrakes. I learn how to do a handbrake and such. It was easy and straightforward. I wanted to say after about 3 hours on this lake. This thing did not let me down. It’s pretty great for 70 bucks.
I think it’s an excellent investment, and I think this will increase the chances of your survival 100% at the same time, increasing the chances of you having a lot more fun on the weekends and during the lockdown.
Drying the kayaks, the first time around was not easy. However, I discovered the quickest and most effective way to accomplish this. It will take around 10-30 minutes, an absorbent, large towel per kayak, and the sun.
- Keep the kayak filled with air. Remove the skeg from your kayak.
- Place the inflated kayak on a long incline (it doesn’t have to be a steep incline) so that the water inside rolls down the opposite end. If you don’t have a slope, lean it against a wall or the cold side of your car (so the metal doesn’t become too hot and scorch the rubber off your kayak). Alternatively, prop it up on one end with a duffel bag or something similar.
- Place the cloth inside the end of the tub where the water drains. If your arms aren’t long enough, the green object will come in handy, but otherwise, gently stuff it to absorb the water.
- Place it in the sun for 5-10 minutes (release some air if your kayak starts to expand due to the heat, so it doesn’t over-inflate).
- Double-check it; you may need to wipe some water away with your towel.
- Remove the towel, wipe away any remaining water, and squeeze the towel dry.
- Flip the kayak over the long way and repeat steps 2–6 for another 5–10 minutes. Before you flip it, make sure you put your towel there to catch the water. This may seem needless, but trust me when I say that you’ll want to get it out as much as possible if there’s water.
- Your kayak’s front side should be dry by now, but if it isn’t, wipe it down with the towel.
- Dry off the kayak by flipping it onto its back (where the skeg goes) on a flat surface (or leaning, it doesn’t matter) for another 5 or 10 minutes.
- Wipe away any extra water as needed. If necessary, take additional time, but don’t leave the kayaks in the sun for too long if you don’t have to. Let some air out if the kayak inflates too much in the heat.
All of this may appear to have a lot of stages, but that’s just because I divided it into sections. It takes less than 30 minutes if you’re not paying attention and just lounging about drinking a beer. It also matters whether or not you have access to sunlight. Because here, it is so hot and dry, it only took approximately 10-20 minutes for everything to dry thoroughly.