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  • With a slightly wider footprint and speedier setup than the previous models, the AirFusion Elite increases stability in the water and offers a roomy, comfortable feel
  • Combination of aluminum alloy frame materials and high-pressure air tubes results in a rigid, high-performance inflatable kayak
  • PVC tarpaulin skin offers superb puncture resistance; welded seams ensure long life
  • Zippered access on bow and stern aids in setup and offers access to items stored below the deck, and rear roll-top hatch offers additional storage
  • Molded, low-profile rubber handles ease transport to the water; inflatable cockpit coaming offers easy attachment of optional sprayskirt (not included)
  • Bungee deck lacing allows easy access to gear, and beverage pockets behind the seat offer thirst-quenching storage
  • D-ring gear tie-downs offer attachment points
  • Easy-to-use Boston valves and Twistlok™ valves are compatible with most pumps and speed setup time
  • Comes with a repair kit, instruction manual and a heavy-duty duffel storage bag
  • Do not under inflate your boat! Advanced Elements recommends inflate with a 12V electric pump, and then top off with a quality hand pump to get up to the recommended pressure

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Specs

Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) PVC tarpaulin/aluminum ribs
Length 13 feet
Width 28 inches
Depth 12 inches
Weight 32 pounds
Cockpit Size 32 x 16.5 inches
Seat Type Padded / Foam
Number of Paddlers 1
Weight Capacity (lbs) 235 pounds
Tracking System None
Foldable Yes
Packed Dimensions 35 x 21 x 9 inches
Rated 3 out of 5 by from After 8 outings I bought this 6 weeks ago and have been out 8 times with wife and friends. Weight, comfort and tracking are excellent. We experienced 2', cresting waves with no issue. Inflation with 7 air chambers takes time. Initially an hour for each boat but now have it down to less than 15 Min but you have to hump and I'm usually sweating. Take down is pretty easy but since we're putting them into the SUV, we wipe them off which takes more time. You can't leave inflated boats in the sun because the resulting increase in bladder air pressure may "damage" (pop?) them. One of the boats leaked, so we exchanged that one. Thanks REI, for the smooth and speedy handling! That one also was defective. The aft thwart seam split on first time. we're only taking 2 PSI. I thought we proved in the water bed days that butt seams fail. Wiith the price of these boats, I would have expected better quality. These are made in China. The seats are also inadequate, so we replaced them with Sea kayak seats. If you don't want a hard shell I think this is about the best option for cruising.
Date published: 2016-09-06
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1. How much does the optional skeg cost? 2. What about the user's comfort sitting on foam cushion over the aluminum pole underneath? 3. No pump included, right? Would a bike pump work? (What attachment?)

Asked by: Nancy the kayaker
The AirFusion Skeg is $70 and can be purchased directly from Advanced Elements. All of the reports and reviews regarding the AirFusion Elite state that the kayak is very comfortable and no one has made mention of the aluminum frame affecting comfort. The included seat is 1.5 inches in thickness. A pump is not included with the AirFusion Elite. A bicycle would not work for the kayak as the attachments are Boston valves. The Advanced Elements Double Action Hand Pump would be a great choice for inflating the AirFusion. http://www.rei.com/product/750495/advanced-elements-double-action-hand-pump
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-11

I'm looking for a portable kayak to use on sailing trips - particularly one next spring up the Inside Passage. How well would the bottom stand up to being run up on a beach or over rocks? Can it be used with a spray skirt? How does it handle waves?

Asked by: geojerda
The bottom of the AirFusion is made from a very Heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin material which is extremely puncture resistant. There are also 7 chambers on the kayak so you are protected in case one chamber gets punctured. You can purchase a spray skirt that will fit the AirFusion directly from Advanced Elements. While the boat is intended for flatwater use, at 13 feet long with a 28 inch beam (width) the AirFusion is a relatively stable boat in rough conditions. The aluminum alloy frame poles give the kayak the feel of a hardshell boat.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-06
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