Intex Challenger K2
Experts agree that the Challenger K2 is great for relaxing on the water in, but not so much for bigger adventures. Its major benefits include ease of access storage, quick inflation, and reasonable ease of portability.
However, you get what you pay for in the ‘budget’ build of this kayak – the vinyl is very thin so caution is advised. You need to be gentle with the K2; if you treat it right you likely won’t have any problems, but be aware that the thin material might not stand up too well to punctures if you’re paddling in rough or rocky areas. On the plus side, however, reviews show this tandem boat handles reasonably, provided you don’t paddle it too fast!
|Size (length x width)||11'6" x 2'6"|
Comparison to Similar Kayaks:
|Intex Challenger K2||Advanced Elements Expedition Elite||Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2||Sea Eagle RazorLite 393rl||Sea Eagle 380x Explorer|
|Size||11'6" x 2'6"||13' x 32"||11'2" x 37"||12'10" x 28"||12'6" x 39"|
|Weight||39 lbs||42 lbs||31.5 lbs||35 lbs||40 lbs|
Intex Challenger K2 Review
Performance of the Intex Challenger K2
The Intex Challenger K2 performs well, according to experts, if you are looking for a simple float to take out on the water. It’s one of the cheapest inflatable tandem kayaks on the market, and in some respects, reviewers believe it’s good value.
For example, experts believe the comfort and security are worth the money, and it’s a very stable boat by all accounts – providing it’s on calm water. The boat is also easy to set up according to reviews, though it’s best to do so with two people.
The boat turns reasonably well according to kayakers – though it can get a bit tricky for rear paddlers at times.
The downsides really seem to revolve around durability. The boat’s built from 30-gauge PVC, which, while waterproof, doesn’t give much confidence against the elements. It’s also built in such a way that, apparently, it will take on and retain water.
Experts suggest that you should ideally take this boat out on calm days only. The bag and portability divide opinion, with some reviewers suggesting you invest in a separate bag to better distribute weight.
The general consensus here appears to be – it’s by no means the best kayak, but for a glorified pool float, it can provide lots of fun.