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Inflatable Super Kayak catamaran packs into a bag for transport

Inflatable Super Kayak catamar...
The Super Kayak is presently on Kickstarter
The Super Kayak is presently on Kickstarter
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The Super Kayak, all packed down
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The Super Kayak, all packed down
Once assembled, the Super Kayak measures 12 ft long by 3 ft wide by 2.5 ft high (360 by 94 by 75 cm), and weighs a claimed 30 lb (15 kg).
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Once assembled, the Super Kayak measures 12 ft long by 3 ft wide by 2.5 ft high (360 by 94 by 75 cm), and weighs a claimed 30 lb (15 kg).
The Super Kayak's cargo deck
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The Super Kayak's cargo deck
The Super Kayak is presently on Kickstarter
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The Super Kayak is presently on Kickstarter
The Super Kayak comes with its own paddle and pump
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The Super Kayak comes with its own paddle and pump
The Super Kayak components
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The Super Kayak components
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While some people like the idea of kayaking, they may be put off by how cumbersome the boats are to transport, and how tippy they can be. The Super Kayak – currently on Kickstarter – is made to address both concerns.

Created by London-based product designer Kirk Kirchev, the watercraft takes the form of a modular, inflatable, sit-on-top catamaran kayak.

At the heart of the Super Kayak are its two streamlined inflatable aramid fiber hulls, which are double-skinned and coated in thermoplastic polyurethane to help guard against punctures and abrasions. These are joined together by an anodized 7000 aluminum alloy frame that includes a seat with a folding adjustable backrest, an adjustable foot rest, and a small netted cargo-carrying platform.

Also included is a four-piece paddle and a portable electric pump, the latter of which should reportedly be good for 15 hull inflations (each to 15 PSI/1 bar) per USB charge.

The Super Kayak components
The Super Kayak components

Once assembled, the kayak measures 12 ft long by 3 ft wide by 2.5 ft high (360 by 94 by 75 cm), and weighs a claimed 30 lb (15 kg). It can carry a maximum load of 220 lb (100 kg). When disassembled and packed down into its included bag, it measures 28 by 20 by 12 inches (65 by 50 by 30 cm).

Extra components that are currently in development include a front child/pet seat, an aft cargo deck, a sail mount, and an outboard motor mount.

Assuming it reaches production, a pledge of £938 (about US$1,304) will get you a Super Kayak of your own – the planned retail price is $2,100. You can see the craft in action, in the video below.

Potential backers might also want to check out the successfully Kickstarted Trekkayak inflatable catamaran kayak.

Sources: Kickstarter, Super Kayak

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5 comments
Ornery Johnson
Having just done some kayaking, it appears that the provided paddle is way too short. Kind of a trade-off between stability and functionality.
BlueOak
So difficult to stand out in the kayak market. But this guy manages to do it. Watch the video - he’s a kick!

Unfortunately the $2,100 price puts it into the luxury toy category for me.
Marc Lacoste
Neat! A £600 inflatable available on kayacat.com sold £940 as if was 30% discounted, while leaving a few months to source it even cheaper on Alibaba!
nick101
I have something very similar that I bought on Amazon last year for $400, sure it's heavier, the tubing it's made out of is steel not aluminum, and you definitely need plyers to put it together, but it's decently made and $400!
Worzel
A Pedal Paddle would be more appropriate, given the width.
Also, in a normal kayak, one can stay dry, in this, one is likely to be continuously wet.
Not pleasant, for continuous use, like touring/camping.