Review of the ITIWIT Inflatable Kayak
Best Used for: Kayaking at the seaside, calm rivers or lakes
Value For Money
Ease of Use
We Do Like
We Don’t Like
I must say I enjoy getting out on the open water and really have the enjoyment of kayaking for the entire day.
It’s a great way to relax but it also does wonders for the body and mind.
However, what I don’t like is attaching a hard plastic kayak to my car and then trail down the local jetty or beach.
That’s when I decided to get myself an inflatable kayak.
They are so handy to transport and carry around…even if you have to walk quite a distance to set off into the water.
I did price around for a while online and seen that there are some amazing inflatable kayaks out there but it was the ITIWIT Inflatable kayak that really caught my eye.
Functionality of the ITIWIT Inflatable Kayak
The ITIWIT inflatable kayak comes in 3 sizes for 1 person, 2 people or 3 people. It’s made of high grade Polyester (PES) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which is incredibly robust and extremely waterproof.
It’s a great replacement to the traditional hard plastic kayak in the sense that it is so easy transport around but remains true to its nature and still keeps the same functionality of it.
It has a patented ‘V’ bow shape that allows the front and back ends to provide a better glide in the water.
The 1 man kayak can hold up to a weight of 100kgs
The 2 man kayak can hold up to a weight of 150kgs
The 3 man kayak can hold up to a weight of 230kgs
1 person can operate both the 1 and 2 man kayak. In actual fact, I purchased the 2 man kayak as it means I can kayak comfortably without being squashed in and still holds all of my gear. It also means that when me and my girlfriend want to go kayaking together, at least the space is there.
The 3 man kayak would be best suited to 2 adults and a small child, giving room to hold any further gear.
Appearance & Comfort
I honestly think the look and appearance of this kayak is fantastic. I really love the colours ITIWIT chose for their kayaks.
They come in either an orange and grey, blue and grey, lime and grey or yellow and grey.
They are very eye catching and have a very modern and sleek design.
ITIWIT kayaks are very comfortable, never mind the soft feel of the fabric itself but with the inflated floor and seats, it provides optimum comfort for long kayak trips.
The back rest of the seat can be adjusted to your own comfort level and does provide great support for your lower back.
Quick & Easy Setup
Setting up and inflating the ITIWIT kayak is pretty simple.
Once you have carried it to the spot you are looking to set off from, remove the entire contents of the bag and roll it out flat on the ground.
Start from the floor of the kayak firstly and inflate through the valve in the middle.
Move onto one of the side tubes and inflate to full capacity, then move onto the other side tube and inflate it to 50%. At this point, you want to check the overall positioning of the chambers to make sure they align. Then pump the remaining to 100% without exceeding 0.1 bar (1.5 psi).
Make sure all the valves are closed tightly.
You can move onto the seats. These are also inflatable and should only take 2 or 3 pumps to full inflation. Tighten and adjust them to your comfort level.
Now, the pump comes separate which is actually very affordable. You can check it out here.
It’s a 2-way pump which means 1 pump up and down and it has injected 2 full flows of air into the kayak. Less effort and quicker time to get your kayak inflated.
Flip the kayak over and attach the 3 keels, you should hear a simple clicking noise to make they are secured.
It’s time to get into the water and off you go!
On the Water
First time on the water can seem slightly daunting knowing you are basically on a piece of inflated material. If you’re used to the traditional hard plastic kayak, you may notice slightly less stability but this is only to be expected as it doesn’t have the same rigid material that the hard plastic kayak does.
However, you will be pleasantly surprised just how strong and robust it is for it being ‘inflated material’ even on rougher seas.
Getting into the kayak should be no problem, it will remain upright and be stable enough for you to climb on and get into position.
With the kayak at it’s full inflation, it’s a very solid structure with incredible firmness so you should have no worries about this kayak sinking or deflating.
It’s very sturdy and I tried testing this by balancing left and right but it still maintained it’s upright position.
Gliding through the water is a breeze. Thanks to the bow shape of the kayak and 3 keels attached at the bottom, cutting through the water is effortless.
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The only drawback I can think of when actually kayaking is that the seat doesn’t provide that extra support to allow you to engage your lower back fully to drive your paddle through the water.
That being said though, your back is supported so it’s not under any strain and the seat is super comfortable compared to hard plastic kayaks.
I think in overall the ITIWIT kayak is definitely one of the best inflatable kayaks on the market at the moment.
The style, look, functionality and ease of use is nothing short of fantastic.
It just provides a solution to the problem of being able to kayak without the issue of transporting and carrying a heavy, long hard plastic kayak.
Firmness and robustness may not match the hard plastic kayak but it offers the same incredible stability and paddling capabilities.
If you’re looking for a kayak to paddle around shore bays, lakes or calm rivers I do highly suggest the ITIWIT inflatable kayak.
You’ll not go wrong with it!
You can check out the size of kayak that best suits your needs below:
If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.