Aire Lynx Inflatable Kayak Review

Kayaking in Kansas: since the good old days.

The Hughes Brothers admit that a review from the heartland of a boat able to handle Class 4/5 rapids does not immediately convey any stream-specific cachet. Yes, Kansas is often flat and, yes our rivers would in some cases be considered creeks in other states. That said, we remind you that the Kansas Canoe and Kayak Association celebrates its forty-third anniversary in April, 2018.

And so in a look at a boat about twelve years old, our friends in the Kansas paddling community know plenty about the Aire Lynx.

Aire Lynx Inflatable Kayak Features

First, the manufacturer’s notion of principal features of the Lynk IK.

· Aircell System 2-layer construction, 24 ounce/1100 denier outer PVC tubes, 27 ounce/1100 denier outer PVC floor, 14 mm inner urethane bladders with double-zipper access, welded seams

· Continuous curve rocker, 3 air chambers w/ Leafield B7 valves

· Adjustable Cheetah seat w/ storage pocket, adjustable bow/stern float bags

· Two sets of drain holes, twelve sets of cargo loops, bow/stern carry handles

Aire Lynx Inflatable Kayak.The reasons for a ducky. And what the hell is a ducky anyway?

Here be duckies : inflatable yaks of one or two seats, designed for whitewater, able to be deflated and reduced to fitting in a travel bag, perfect for any adventure anywhere.


Back to the Lynx.

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Much like a sit-on-top kayak, the Lynx lifts its paddlers up and out from water-level, leading to much more maneuverability, much straighter tracking, more stability on the drops of a Class V. That on-high positioning, of course, leads to easy escape in the event of a roll in rough water; the momentarily unfortunate event involves nothing more than a drop from the Lynx, and off you go, standing up in shallow water, swimming safely to shore in bit deeper water. This safe, safe rough-water performance becomes even better, more effective with your purchase of after-market thigh braces and foot pegs.

Why this particular ducky?

The Lynx is durable, and durable some more, able to take hard hits season after season. And, should the unthinkable happen – a rock too sharp, too inevitable – a comprehensive, a complete, and very generous warranty waits to serve the unlucky Lynx owner. Here ‘tis: ten-year no-fault manufacturer warranty with a repair kit shipped with the boat, ready to make on-river fixes before heading home to fill out the warranty papers.

Track. Track. And track some more.

The Hughes Bros always, always stand for careful scouting of the big rivers, the especially fast runs well, well beforehand. Most especially in a fast inflatable such as the Lynx.


Watch the river. Pick your lines. And then take full confidence in your boat. Please, always have secondary lines in mind so that you can find a fast and easy way out of the boil and the froth. Once underway, trust your instincts. Immediately. Completely. And bail onto the safer route through it all. No one must ever, ever use the word “chicken” in the context of fast, fast water. Once underway, the Lynx takes on the big rivers and its holes. It turns just right now, just right where you want it to go. Just waiting to deliver you to the secondary line, all your gear tight and dry, an extra paddle waiting to weigh in should the need arise.

Aire Lynx Inflatable Kayak Review and Rating

Some bitsy concerns. Just some real small concerns.

A few owners have asked for a relief valve on the Lynx’s main tubes. They worried too about the boat’s response to extremes of temperature. Blowing large to Independence Day heat. Deflation in the sudden entry of the Lynx into very cold water.

Buy with confidence. Here’s a boat for the next umpteen years of your yakking life.

We mean it, we Hughes Brothers. In the general context of the Lynx, please consult our blog article on the overall rationale for a ducky.

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Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Review

Amazon just loves the Intex Explorer.

The Intex Explorer is, some days, far and away the best-selling kayak on Amazon. More than fifteen hundred people have written reviews on this boat. And so the Hughes Brothers admit that, once again, we’re late to the party. That said, we have something to say.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Quality

Let’s say you have a hundred bucks lying around, and you want a kayak.

First of all, please understand that at this price point one word applies: inflatable.

Any yak worth your consideration for a C-note or less, you’ll be inflating. But good, safe fun can happen after sufficient air has been blown.

As long as you remain forever mindful of the boat’s very real limitations.

Know the hoots to have.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Where to use it.

The Intex Explorer belongs only on small, tame, well-known bodies of water. A favorite pond with largemouth there in the cat-tails on the far edge. A largish creek, a smallish river. A stream you’ve known since childhood maybe.

Because safety, safety, safety is the first and last consideration here.

Puncture-resistant, not puncture-proof.

The construction of these inflatable, hyper-popular yaks involves – by and large – vinyl. Heavy-duty vinyl that will compress and bounce back with aerobic integrity to the obstacles endemic in even the most familiar of waters. Vinyl that has no business . . . none! . . . near rapids or, perish the thought, the ocean.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak. The Boston Valves

What in the world are Boston valves?

A BV is a one-way valve with two caps. The removal of the top cap enables the yak to be filled with air. Essentially, air comes in no; no air escapes in the process.

Boston valves demand a different sort of pump – not of the sort used to blow up a bike tire, a beach ball. A dual-action hand pump with a special Boston-valve adaptor is called for here. The adaptor will be about the size of a dime. (The Hughes Brothers offer our recommendations on other pages of this already historic website.)

After a happy day on the pond, the removal of both caps of the Boston valve will accommodate easy deflation.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Features

Please be seated.

The Intex Explorer K2 may in many ways be representative of its colleagues in this price range, this sort of construction. In the K2’s case an inflatable I-beam adds rigidity to the boat’s floor. A floor on which an inflatable seat, with backrest, can be added, removed, and adjusted.

Some features to look for on the K2 and its sister yaks in this very carefully, very necessarily defined category of kayak.

Look for grab lines at both ends of the boat.

Count the air chambers, those separate and potentially life-saving set-aparts that preserve flotation in the event of puncture to one chamber or another.

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Demand a repair kit. These boats will in time be damaged. You need to be able fix your yak yourself. In the field. Just off the water.

The K2 brings along a removable skeg, a neat little add-on that mellows directional stability in a sometimes unwieldy set of circumstances.

Choose government-employee yellow rather than camo. In the event of trouble that will likely some day come your way, be seen. Be seen well. Bright colors become your best friends on that lonesome day.

Choose a self-bailing boat if you can. Better seats in this case raise your hard-paddling self up and out of the water, the yak’s nose upturned and disinclined to allow water to splash aboard.

A few diddles. And we’re done.

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Review and Rating

Current K2 owners wish for longer, larger paddles. Some hard cases even expect the Explorer to proceed as smoothly or as quickly as a hard plastic boat. A couple of people complain about the strength required to remove the skag.

But hold on. The Hughes Brothers will be back. Soon.

Yep. We’ll be aboard soonest to talk in general about your choices in this large, extremely popular kayak category: inflatable, inexpensive, recreational use only.

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Review of the Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak, Two-Person

Considering the strength and durability of this yak, twenty-seven pounds is really, really light.

The Hughes Brother with the most time in the Driftsun Voyager? That would be James. Quiet, studious, painterly James. Brother James, he paddles for inspiration, for another up-creek look at the trees he paints. With some success we might add. A gallery in New York represents Jimmy’s treescapes.

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The man needs no leaks.

Jimmy’s garage to Jimmy’s old Ford truck to Jimmy’s private place on Bachelor Creek.

Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Specs:

As his brothers know, the man is not to be messed with when the spirit moves him. He’ll inflate his Driftsun Voyager from pre-inflated measurements in its carry bag of only 26(L) x 16(W) x 8(H) and, with five minutes on the included high-flow double-action hand pump, that puppy has blown up to 120(L) x 35(W) x 16(H). At six-foot-plus, our brother fits just very nicely, thank you.

Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak, The Tarp:

Then, the tarpaulin takes hold.

The Voyager operates with a heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin bottom that rides along underneath our guy with durable, all-day, year-round protection from punctures. The double-threaded Boston valves are guaranteed not to leak. Not ever. And over it all: tough 840D-coated nylon oxford fabric will talk back to rips, just fairly well laugh at potential tears.

For an inflatable, expect – as does our brother – maximized performance.

The Voyager comes together in such splendid ways. It’s bow, pointy and then some, works with the boat’s rocker profile to give any old water-wandering painter a fine set of performance factors in seas – okay, lakes – by turns calm and choppy. Choppy as can be.

A removable deep fin delivers responsive tracking, quick movement toward a tree that has just cut old James’ eye.

Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Comparison:

Even artists need to be practical. Much like the Driftsun Voyager.

It’s all here. For the price, just the right combination of comfort, ease of maintenance, ergonomics, the whole deal. The side tubes count for some serious volume, big-time stability and buoyancy, just what old Norman Rockwell needs while his mind and hands are preoccupied with other things.

The seats, EVA padded, adjust. To Norm’s . . . er . . . Jimmy’s mind, they adjust quick and true. And they stick around, bringing all-day, high-back support for easy cruising day to day, season to season.

The paddles are solid. Propulsionary. With ergonomic grip handles.

Bow handles, bow and stern, make the carrying easy, the way forward and true.

Storage is ample, accessible, and bungeed.

Two velcroed oar holders mount on each side for paddling to or fro.

Driftsun Voyager Inflatable Kayak Accessories:

Oh, and the accessories: the worthy young pump (already mentioned), a repair kit, and a travel bag. All there, all good, all the time.

A plug for the plug.

Click here for Amazon Purchase info: Driftsun Voyager 2 Person Inflatable Kayak – Complete with All Accessories, 2 Paddles, 2 Seats, Double Action Pump and More

Sevylor Coleman Colorado Two-Person Fishing Kayak Review

One of the best fishing kayaks in memory.

The Hughes Brothers want to tell you right up front here that this review arises from shared recollection. On a brotherly fishing trip to Gunnison, Colorado, two summers ago our kind host – a polo player/oilman/wildman – outfitted us with both of the Colorados in his stable. Such our buddy’s affection for the boat. Joel, James, and John Howard were the lucky three of us to enjoy the fishing from what – in memory – stands as some of the finest days on the water ever.

Sevylor Coleman Colorado Two-Person Fishing Kayak Materials

No memory here. Just fact.

18-gauge PVC construction, rugged in the way the Hughes Brothers imagine ourselves to be1000D tarpaulin bottomand 840D nylon cover: these numbers mean protection, lots of it Multiple air chambers, another chamber to stay inflated if one should be punctured Airtight® System, Sevylor’s guarantee against leaks Berkley® Quick Set Rod Holders, adjustable to the precise, immediate demands for hands-free fishingSevylor® trolling motor fittings, with more about trolling motors in a minute Paddle holders, those precious paddles safely stowed, out of the way. Don’t forget the proper pump to inflate this monster.

Sevylor Coleman Colorado Two-Person Fishing Kayak Trolling Motor

Let’s talk trolling, motored trolling.

Sevylor does indeed sell a very small motor and battery that adapt seamlessly to the mount described two bullet-points ago. The H Bros must say in good faith that the motor is probably sized a bit small for a boat that can easily accommodate almost five hundred pounds of personage and equipment. The factory motor doesn’t generate sufficient power, in our opinion, and the battery must be called “short-lived” for sure.

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YouTube will show you all sorts of ways to rig a larger motor and a more reliable high-performance battery to the Coleman Colorado – riggings involving PVC pipe, wood, ties, and unions of all sorts. And soon enough you’ll have power worthy of this splendid, splendid kayak.

Off then to out of the way watery places.

With new motorized propulsion waiting for you astern, you may confidently set course toward riffles and pools that lay beyond all but the strongest, the most persistent yakkers relying on deltoids and pectorals and paddles to take them there. You may, as old Bob Seger says, pour that power on. The materials of double-walled construction on the Colorado are Afghanistan sorts of tough. And multiple air chambers bow to stern assure you of a safe return to your put-in place, even should a rock – an especially sharp and sturdy rock – puncture your boat.

Gear up Your Sevylor Coleman Colorado Two-Person Fishing Kayak

Sevylor made the Coleman Colorado for fishing. End of song. From the Berkley Rod holders to the mesh pockets here and there to the D-rings waiting for attachment of such gear and tackle as you think necessary.

Climb aboard.

The Hughes Brothers are not what our grandmother used to call “small packages.” Access is easy nonetheless. The fishing positions are a couple of feet wide, and with John Howard at 6’3” he found a comfortable rest for his stinky feet, albeit alongside Jame’s bow-ward seat.

Sevylor Coleman Colorado Two-Person Fishing Kayak Seats

Now, about these seats.

We fished all day for three days straight on our Gunnison trip, and Joel – the youngest of we three – complained not at about either the comfort or the stability of his seated fly-casting.

James and John, the more arthritic James and John, climbed loudly from the Colorado on the evening of the third day. Their bottoms had flatly had enough.

In our refresher reading in anticipation of this happiest of screeds, we encountered other Colorado owners not fully satisfied with the OEM seat.

So be it.

With aftermarket alternatives to both the stock seats and the stock trolling motor, there waits absolutely no reason why — your zeal for multiple trout meals – you can with little money and even less bother make this wonderful boat richly and fully yours.

Motor on.

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Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Inflatable Kayak Review

The Hughes Brothers Take In Some Air.

“My gosh,” said James, “This Kayak is inflatable.

It’s an inflatable kayak worth reviewing. Honestly, we didn’t think it would come to this, did we Hughes Brothers. But here is a blow-up doll-baby of a boat, that comes to you with heavy-duty PVC construction and a tarpaulin bottom for hard, hard protection from punctures.

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Coleman Big Basin Inflatable Kayak Review by

Okay, okay, we’re traditionalists.

The admission of the Sevylor Big Basin with its three big seats for three big old Hughes brothers to this discussion . . . this notion that we five hard-cord, hard-plastics guys would talk to you about an inflatable kayak is an admission of just how good this boat might be. Let’s talk about features, shall we?

All the reasons why to buy the Big Basin from Sebylor. Did we mention it’s made by the Coleman Company?

Multiple air chambers, big old bellows, ready to allow another nearby chamber to stay inflated should you do something, oh, stupid.

Airtight® System guaranteed not to leak. The Hughes Brothers believe the Airtight promise.
Boston valve is double threaded for easy inflation/deflation. As John Howard Hughes has wondered from time to time: “What might be a Boston valve?” JHH is just so sure, however, that whatever that boy might be up to, it’s to your safety and comfort.

Adjustable seats move to fit you. Especially noteworthy for the larger, older of the brothers.
Spray covers block splashes to help keep you dry. We pick warm and dry over cold and wet everytime. Every damned time that particular subject comes up.

Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Inflatable Kayak Specs:

NMMA certified to hold up to 490 pounds – whoops, all of us a sudden room for but two Hughes brothers. Our mom fed us well.

Product Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 24 inches ; 34.8 pounds

Inflated dimensions: 12 ft. 3 in. x 3 ft. 1 in. But who’s measuring anyway?

1-year limited warranty – not bad for a blow-up boat.

Includes carry bag and pressure gauge. Again, we’re so sorry here, we Hughes Brothers, and we mean well, and we want you to find exactly the kayak you want – even if its reach and heft depends a near-constant maintenance of air pressure that not one of the five brothers, not sister Cindy can predict. In the matter of full inflation, you’re on your own here, old paddler.

Come on, snaggly bottom, old submerged thorn tree, do your worst.

Brother Curtis Hughes comes to you just now with a usable boat but with, alas!, a damned big sore in his butt. Truth be told, Curtis – riding low, low and happy in the old Big Basin – did take a jab in his nether regions from which, frankly, our brother has not fully recovered.

Thanks for asking.

Curtis’ boat is just fine. These Sevylor yaks come to town with multiple air chambers that will most certainly help you back to shore, a pointy object stuck in your boat much like the thorn in old Curtis’ flesh.

Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Inflatable Kayak Review and Rating

Seats, don’t fail me now.

The Big Basin’s adjustable seats make the ride more comfortable no matter how far you explore, while the spray covers help keep you dry during your trip. From that pivotal spot, paddle expertly in hand, you may go gently into that good, good early night on the water, out and quickly back on your favorite lake on a ride that “steady and stable” does not begin to describe. Put the grandkids, those two little tykes who look so much like their mom, in the front seat, grandmother amidships, you studly and all with the paddling responsibilities yours and yours alone. This boat will take you out and safely back on a short evening’s excursion, waves and minor winds not a problem. Just not a problem at all.

What the hell sort of name is Sevylor?

Strange but strong, strong but strange. Sevylor stands – in the Hughes brothers’ minds – synonymous with superb. Just a real fine, finely superb inflatable boat that we never, not once, thought we’d enjoy so very much as we do.


We didn’t mean to get all mushy.

But right here we have ourselves a mighty good kayak. Even if a man has to blow it up from time to time.

Click here for Amazon Purchase info: Sevylor Big Basin 3-Person Inflatable Kayak