This is a review of the Sevylor Quikpak K5 inflatable kayak.
When it comes to entry level inflatable kayaks, the Coleman brand has come out with a great boat in their Sevylor Quikpak K5. This is an all around, easy to use inflatable boat meant to take the intimidation out of kayaking.
Plus, if you want your kayak to do a little bit more as far as tugging and lugging around extra gear, the Sevylor Quikpak K5 can also help with that too.
In today’s detailed review of the Sevylor Quikpak K5 we’ll take a look at what makes this a great entry level kayak to use. We’ll explore some of its features and benefits as well as what users who have purchased this Kayak make of it.
Want to get out on the water but are a little nervous about what to expect? Read on to see if the Sevylor Quikpak K5 can help ease your worries a bit on your next trek on the water.
Pros and Cons of The Sevylor Quikpak K5
Who is the Sevylor Quikpak For?
This entry-level kayak is a great beginner one person kayak for individuals who want to get their feet wet in the world of kayaking. It’s also a good option for lake use, calm waters, and slow river rafting. This Coleman backed Sevylor Quikpak K5 offers everything you would need for an enjoyable day out in the water.
It’s great for beginners as it has lots to offer without being overwhelming. When compared to other inflatables in its class, this boat has plenty to offer at a great price point.
Another reason to consider this kayak is if you are someone who has difficulty transporting your gear from the car to the water. The unique integrated backpack storage system allows you to tote the Quikpak around without needing someone else to help you. It ultimately folds and fits on like a backpack and leaves your hands free so that you can carry other gear.
Features of the Sevylor Quikpak K5
The Quikpak K5 is a great recreational kayak for beginning kayakers who are looking to get out onto the water. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make this kayak a good fit for new riders.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Sevylor Quikpak K5 is the easy setup. This inflatable kayak sets up in about five minutes thanks to the integrated backpack storage system (more about that in a moment) This quick set up system makes kayaking easily accessible for all adults who struggle with a hard shell.
You can get your Quikpak K5 inflated in just a few minutes. The included dual action hand pump allows you to inflate both on the up stroke and on the down stroke. The double lock valves are easy to use thanks to the two locking points that make inflation and deflation easy.
While there is no included psi gauge like you would find on other inflatables, you will get a feel of how much air should go into the main chamber overtime. Once all the air chambers are inflated, the airtight system allows you to have peace of mind that there will not be a leak while you are out on the water.
Integrated Backpack Storage System
Unlike other inflatables that come in a carrying bag that holds the kayak and its necessities, this backpack system allows you to carry the weight of the kayak on your back. This makes it easier to hike around with your kayak if you want to get into isolated areas or hard to reach spaces to launch your boat.
And because the weight of the kayak is spread over your back via padded shoulder straps and not through carry handles, you won’t feel the strain of lugging around a heavy pack. When fully packed, the entire backpack weighs 23 lbs.
This unique innovative backpack system carries everything that you need in order to set up your kayak. The backpack unzips from the font, removing what will eventually be one of the spray covers of your kayak. The back of the backpack unzips and turns into your kayak’s seat. The rest of the backpack unfolds to reveal your deflated kayak.
Without a doubt, the backpack design is the Quikpak K5’s most popular feature because toting your inflatable kayak becomes an absolute breeze. The weight of the kayak is distributed across your back and it leaves your hands free if you need to carry around something else.
As far as inflatable kayaks go, the Quikpak K5 is as comfortable as they come. Once it is fully inflated, the inside of the kayak is really snug and secure. Kayakers won’t feel like they are unsupported around while on the water.
Plus the snug interior really helps provide kayakers with a sense of control while they are out paddling. Lastly, because the Quikpak K5 can hold up to 250lbs, there is ample storage. You can bring along extra gear and pack food if you want to store it on your boat for long outings.
The back of the innovative backpack storage system unzips to become the chair that you will use in your kayak. The chairs nicely secures to the I-beam flooring through a velcro attachment on the bottom. On the sides of the chair, there are straps that will secure the seat to the boat. These straps can be made longer or shorter in order to best fit your size.
Some kayakers say that the chair is not the most comfortable, especially when compared to other kayaks in its class. This chair does not get inflated, so there is not much support to be offered there, however, there is an easy fix.
Many owners reported that putting a cushion on the base of the chair will give you a more comfortable ride when you sit inside and paddle out on the lake or river. Plus, the straps are easy to adjust while you are kayaking so that you can tailor your seat throughout your adventure to get that needed back support.
Another great element of comfort is the removable spray cover on the front of the boat. If you want to block splashes, zip the spray cover up for some protection. When the sun is out, you can unzip to get some tan time on your legs too.
When the kayak is all zipped up, the spray cover has bungee lacing that acts as a really nice compartment to store items while you are hiking to your destination. When your kayak is fully inflated, the same cords become bungee storage areas for you to safely store items while out on the water.
Speaking of storing away belongings, there is a really nifty zip up compartment that can hold smaller items for you while you are on an adventure.
While the bungee cords are great for storing things on board, the D rings located around the boat are great for attaching other things to your kayak too. If you are rafting down a river with buddies, you can secure a smaller tube or even another kayak using the D rings.
The Sevylor Quikpak K5 is a recreational kayak with a construction material that reflects that. A unique feature of this inflatable watercraft is the 24-gauge PVC construction. On the top of the boat, the PVC is reinforced with a heavy duty 900 D thick polyester cover. This gives your boat a really nice rugged construction.
The thick polyester cover is meant as an added barrier to protect against punctures, a unique add-on left out of other competitor kayaks. The fabric covering also gives you a nice sense of sturdiness when you are on the water. If you jump off your boat and try to climb back in, the fabric covering offers a good grip to easily get back in too.
The fabric covering is not waterproof, but if you are kayaking out on a hot summer day, the fabric covering dries up rather quickly. Even if it is not a hot summer day, the fabric covering does not become a huge issue once you pack your kayak up.
If you get the covering wet and are done kayaking, it’s best to try to get the coverage to dry out before you completely fold it back up. If you can’t get it dry in time, unzipping it when you reach home and allowing it to air-dry does not take long. It also will not damage the overall construction of the kayak if you find yourself needing to do this once or twice.
Multiple Chamber Inflation
There are multiple air chambers. They include the hull, the inside of the boat, and the tarpaulin bottom I-beam flooring. The rugged tarpaulin bottom is dependable when you paddle in shallow water.
One of the best features of inflatable kayaks with several chambers like this is the fact that you can still stay afloat if there is an emergency. If you get a puncture while out on the water, the other inflated chambers will allow the kayak to stay inflated while you repair the puncture or while you paddle back to shore.
All sets come with one repair kit and it’s easy to use, even if you need to do a repair while on the water. Users recommend keeping the patch in a water tight baggy and storing the baggie in the storage compartment of the boat. In case of an emergency, you can quickly fix your puncture and get back to shore.
What makes the Quikpak K5 stand out from other kayaks in its class is its rather impressive performance levels, especially considering that this kayak was made for beginning kayakers.
Because of its sturdy tarpaulin I-beam flooring and the skegs on the bottom of the boat, you do have a decent amount of tracking while you are on calm waters. However, because this is an inflatable and it sits a little higher on the water, going out on windy days can be difficult. The wind can blow you around a bit making it tougher to steer and control over.
One unexpected feature is that if you are a kayaker who likes to bring along plenty of gear, you’ll find that your gear can add some weight to the boat. This added weight will allow you to sit lower in the water. As a result, you’ll find that the added weight will give you a little more sturdiness when you are paddling too.
Comfortable Inner Compartment
Novice kayakers, and those just getting out on the water with an inflatable kayak, can find peace of mind with the Quikpak K5. Kayakers will have a sense of feeling secure because the inner compartment is very comfortable and tight. The spray skirt will come right above your knees and offers extra protection from water getting into your kayak.
If you are a beginning kayaker, then this kayak is one of the best as far as getting comfortable out on the water. When you are ready to upgrade to bigger rapids, you can transition into a more appropriate kayak. The Quikpak K5 is a nice bridging kayak to help with that transition.
Some users have vouched for taking this kayak out on rough waters and choppy rapids. And while the 24 gauge PVC construction can handle occasional rough waves, it’s important to keep in mind that white rapids are not what it was designed for.
Sidenote: The only thing that takes away from the Quikpak K5’s performance is related to the paddle. While the paddle fits relatively well in your hands while you are on the water, the paddles themselves are a bit flimsy. Many users simply swap out the standard paddles with a stiffer set for a quick remedy.
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What Others Are Saying About The Quikpak K5
After scoring dozens of reviews on the Sevylor Quikpak K5, it’s easy to see where users deem this a good kayak to go with if you are new to the water. The innovative backpack systems has made this inflatable kayak a popular choice for users who hate lugging around a folded up kayak.
It’s also a popular option for hikers who like going on long walks to seek out remote areas to kayak in.
One of the main complaints that users have with the boat is not about the boat itself but about the paddles it comes with. Several owners complained that the low quality paddle was the main and only issue they’ve had with the boat.
One user described the included paddle as “flimsy as heck.” But, as we mentioned before, the paddle can be easily swapped out as the user later explained getting a sturdier paddle solved his flimsy paddle issue.
The price point was another big factor for many users, as this boat comes at a rather reasonable price considering how it’s built and what it offers.
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All in all the Sevylor Quikpak K5 is a great boat to go with if you are looking to start paddling out on leisurely adventures on the water. There aren’t any over the top bess and whistles, and it is not an intimidating boat if you are just getting started out on the lake or river.
If you have a Sevylor Quikpak K5, let us know what you think about it in the comments section below. To get your own K5, click here!