Are Inflatable Kayaks Worth Buying?


Inflatable kayaks are a fun way to get more exercise, enjoy nature, and even take up fishing. They are also quite affordable compared to other personal watercraft options. Advancements in inflatable kayak construction and materials has also made them  far more durable than ever before and easier to maintain and repair. 

Due to this, a quality inflatable kayak that is cared for properly can easily last at least 10 years and often up to 20.  This puts them on par with many hardshell kayaks while still requiring lower upfront costs. In other words, you do not need to be the type of person who practically lives on the water in order for an inflatable kayak to be worth it. 

So, with all that in mind, yes an inflatable kayak can be a worthwhile investment for many people. Here, we will look at why an inflatable kayak could make sense for you and other points to consider before making a purchase. 

Benefits of an Inflatable Kayak


Inflatable kayaks are one of the best values when it comes to outdoor equipment. A personal inflatable kayak like the Perun 300 Sport 9'10" comes in at just over $800 and includes a pump, carrying bag, inflatable seat, and a patch kit. With proper care, this kayak can last through many years and hours out on the water. 

In contrast, other traditional kayaks and boats can be two to three times more than this. The price goes even higher for water vessels with additional seats or with a motor. 

Great for ‘Both Beginners and Experienced Kayakers

Experienced Kayakers

Inflatable kayaks come in a range of styles and quality making them a great choice for both new and experienced kayakers. For experienced kayakers, inflatable kayaks’ portability makes it easier to squeeze in more time on the water. Just store your kayak in the trunk of your vehicle and have it ready to go whenever you are. 

Novice Kayakers 

Novice kayakers benefit from the fact that kayaks are fairly easy to learn how to operate. They are generally considered easier to get used to compared to both boat paddling and paddle boards. Additionally, the low upfront costs and included accessories, make it fast and simple to get started. 

Easy Repair and Maintenance 

Regular repair and maintenance for an inflatable kayak is quite simple. In fact, there are just three main things to remember: 

  1. Make sure to clean and dry your kayak before storing it. Also, check for leaks before and after you put your kayak in storage. This will help you stay on top of damage before it becomes a problem out on the water. 
  2. Store your kayak out of direct sunlight away from extreme temperatures. Ideally, a kayak is best stored partially inflated but it is more important it is not left out in the elements which can prematurely age the material. 
  3. Repair is also fairly simple and most issues can be fixed with a patch kit that includes an adhesive patch that will block leaks and tears. 


Kayaking offers a low impact workout that can improve cardiovascular health, flexibility, and strength. While other exercise forms can provide similar benefits, kayaking is easier on joints and is less likely to cause strain. 

Kayaking can be especially beneficial for anyone who struggles with knee problems which is a common reason people avoid exercise. Other cardio exercise like running can even produce further strain on the knees and joints making kayaking a much better choice. 

Makes Getting Out on the Water Easier 

Unlike traditional boats and kayaks, an inflatable kayak can be stored in the trunk of your car. This means you can take advantage of time out on the water more often. With a traditional kayak, you would need to plan a dedicated trip to the water with the kayak strapped to the hood of your vehicle the whole way there. 

In contrast, an inflatable kayak is ready to use whenever you want. Perun Outdoors’ kayaks come with an easy to use air pump that allows for full inflation in just minutes. Simply unfold your kayak, start the air pump and get ready to enjoy more time doing what you love. 

Is an Inflatable Kayak Better than a Hardshell Kayak?

Both hardshell kayaks and inflatable kayaks help you experience nature in a rewarding way while also giving you exercise through paddling. That being said, inflatable kayaks do have some advantages over hardshell kayaks.

Repair and Maintenance

As we covered above, repair and maintenance is quite simple for inflatable kayaks. The same cannot always be said for hardshell kayaks. Hardshells can be made of wood, fiberglass, plastic, and other composite materials. 

Depending on the material, you may have to refinish your kayak, be much more careful with how it’s stored, and conduct a labor-intensive repair process. This intensive repair process also means a hardshell kayak cannot be easily fixed while out on the water unlike an inflatable kayak. 


Hardshell kayaks do get points for durability and can be the better choice in certain environments where there are jagged rocks and harsh conditions. However, when they get damaged, they are much harder to repair.

Note: Even though hardshell kayaks remain the more common choice for whitewater conditions, there are inflatable kayaks that can also be safely used. No matter the kind of kayak or boat you choose for rough waters, just ensure it is rated as safe for those conditions. 

Portability and Storage

When it comes to ease of storage and transportability, it is hard to beat an inflatable kayak. Unlike a hardshell kayak, an inflatable model can easily fold into the trunk of a car. In contrast, hardshell kayaks need to be strapped to the roof of a vehicle or transported in a truck bed. 

Find the Perfect Inflatable Kayak for You

Whether you want a kayak for leisurely fishing trips or you want to take on an epic whitewater adventure, Perun Outdoors has you covered. We believe in the value of inflatable water crafts and helping our customers find the perfect kayak for their needs.

Shop our complete inflatable kayak and boat catalog now or contact us with any questions you may have.

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