TOP reviews Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump
The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. The bright yellow color and sporty graphics makes the kayak highly visible in the water. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults. Lightweight and compact, this kayak is a snap to assemble, and allows you to take the fun of kayaking wherever you go. Made with rugged vinyl construction, this sturdy kayak has an inflatable I-beam floor for comfort and rigidity. A removable skeg provides directional stability, while two adjustable, inflatable seats with backrests are included for comfort. Quick inflating or deflating is a breeze with a Boston valve on each side. A grab line and grab handle at each end is provided for your convenience, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard I.D., and a repair patch kit. The Explorer K2 Kayak provides added accessories including: two 86”aluminum oars and an Intex high-output pump for easy inflation and deflation.
TOP reviews Intex Explorer K2 Kayak, 2-Person Inflatable Kayak Set with Aluminum Oars and High Output Air Pump
4991 people found this helpful
We are experienced Kayakers who have other hard sit on top and sit in kayaks. This was our first inflatable. For the price of admission, ours turned out to be a great purchase. We use it on vacation, so that we don’t have to carry our expensive kayaks on our vehicle for hundreds or thousands of miles, and worry about them getting stolen when we camp. We have used our Intex Explorer on the ocean inlet canals in Murrel’s Inlet, SC and it works great for that. Smooth water with some current. Our limit is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours before we feel cramped and need to take a break by getting out of the yak. I am 6’ and wife is 5’ 8”. This kayak is a little short for two people our sizes, but anything significantly longer is a lot more money so we make due. The Explorer K2 tracks well using the included skeg and when good paddling technique is used. When we paddle hard and fast in unison, it tracks very straight and is speedy enough. When letting off and ceasing all paddling, it will drift and the rear will start to swing out some. Not a big deal. The materials used seem durable enough for the price point. The only thing we really would like changed would be the inflation valves on the floor and on the front and rear bow and stern covers leave a little to be desired. They are the cheap little clear flip out valves like are used on inflatable pool toys. The other valves to inflate the sides the are the nice kind of valves that don’t let air escape when you pull the air pump out after inflating. Again, for the price point we figure they have to cut corners somewhere, and these are the areas they did. But all in all this is an amazing value for the money. We are done with set up and inflation using the included pump within 10-12 minutes, and deflation is even quicker. If we find we start using the Intex more and more, we may upgrade at some point to a longer (like 12-13 ft) inflatable kayak. If Intex made one, we’d buy it today. So if you want the convenience of a kayak you can take with you anywhere (comes with it’s own bag), and you want in for low cost, the Explorer K2 is a good way to go! Hey, If you found this review Helpful, please click Yes. Thanks Much, Willy C
1022 people found this helpful
I bought the Explorer K2 and enjoyed many hours of kayaking in the lake and canal where I live in South Florida until a few weeks ago when the seam on the pontoon split for about a half inch. I followed the instructions, using the supplied round patch with the proper adhesive. I did it a second time then with other sealers and with sealing tapes. I clamped it, and criss crossed it. After 5 attempts I gave up and then realized the seam was splitting even further. I called Intex customer service and was told there is nothing they will do because it was past 90 days.
REally? The seam split. I followed directions. The seam split more. I cannot fix it and the boat is now useless and they say sorry it is past 90 days. They could not even offer suggestions on how to repair it. In fact, the rep said I could not fix the seam. So now I am out my $85, I have no kayak and this huge supplier says too bad!!!
Well too bad Intex, I guess you lost not only my business but you also lost all of the recommendations to my social community.
Unless of course you wish to rectify this…in which case write me at email@example.com
830 people found this helpful
Great product. I purchased toward the end of summer for $94. So the the price does fluctuate with the season. Took me about 20min in set up the 1st time. About 15min for subsequent attempts. I’ve taken it out 3-4 times in the last 2 months. Collapses down small enough to fit in the trunk of a small car. The paddles work, but I felt were on the small side for me. This kayak is somewhat wide also. I ended up getting a 96inch paddle but i’m 5’10”. My 5 yr old daughter does ok with it. When I stretch out my legs, I have to tuck my feet to the sides of the front seat. The skin of the boat is reasonably strong. You’d have to scrape against some jagged metal or be hit head on by a hard pointy branch for this to puncture.
For the boating itself, this craft is ok. It doesn’t seem as smooth or can go as fast as a hard plastic boat. But that’s fine considering it’s $100-200 less. I even took it through some mild rapids (still choppy enough to splash me good) and it held up fine.
The fin/skeg works fine and is easy to install but requires decent hand strength to remove (a good thing). It basically clicks in place and you have to push a tab down to remove it. I drilled a hole and put a fishing line through it in case the skeg falls off as suggested by others, but this is unnecessary. I even started heading away from shore once and the skeg, and only the skeg, hit an underwater boulder. I was going about 3mph when it hit and came to a dead stop, all 200+ lbs of the boat and people. The skeg edge was a little scratched but in place at the end. Maybe Intex updated the skeg after it 1st came out. I’m going to remove the fishing line before the next trip because it is unnecessary and gets seaweed,etc caught in it creating more drag.
If you were to give me the choice (price not an issue) b/w a hard plastic boat and this, I’d pick the hard boat. That said, I’m very happy with this very inexpensive and easy to transport kayak.
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I still LOVE it. It’s maintained its durability, and I’ve had no problems with holes, leaks, or failing valves-
this is enjoying the kayak several times per week, with my dog on board. I use a cheap yoga mat on the floor of the boat for extra protection.
*We both, me and my dog, always wear a life vest!
I love the portability and ease of set up and take down. I did decide to buy a power pump that plugs into my car. This quickens the set up process, and is especially helpful with complete deflation. A note- the power pump has a safety feature that results in the sections not fillling up as much as I would like. So, I use the power pump, then top off with the manual one.
I did seem to lose track of the skeg, however, but I was able to order a replacement directly from intexstore.com, and entered 11650 (the part #) into the search bar. It cost $3.40 plus shipping.
If you’re on the fence about this, or are looking for intro equipment to try out kayaking without a huge financial commitment, I can not recommend this particular product enough. Go for it!
Living in an area that abounds in natural recreation, I’ve been debating purchasing a kayak for years. I been on many different hard types via rentals over the years, but the investment in both a kayak, and some type of frame to transport it on my car were definitely prohibitive factors. After a lot of online research, I decided to give an inflatable a try. One of the key requirements was that it was durable enough to bring a dog. This definitely fits the bill. I’ve taken it out several times, now, and I have to say that I love it.
Some of the pros:
Easily transportable in any vehicle
Easily set up- it takes me about 10-15 minutes, from vehicle to water
Durable (I have brought 2 of my 3 dogs, nails trimmed)
Moves well in the water
The two dual valves are very reliable
Some of the cons:
Heavy (it’s best to inflate in a location close to the water if possible)
Not a one-person task for anyone with any physical limitations (I’m guessing)
Paddle is a bit flimsy. I ordered a Day Tripper, which is much better
Instructions are a bit lacking
Pool-toy style of valves are difficult to manage
Deflation can be tedious
I chose the two-seater so that I could accommodate another person, or a dog. If you do go with this kayak, I recommend you set it up in your home first to get the hang of the inflation process, and make sure everything is in working order. The manual pump is quite easy to use, and it inflates the kayak quickly. I purchased a small motor pump, mostly for the deflation feature, as getting all of the air out can be challenging- especially the floor, which for some reason does not have the dual valve feature. There is a plug in the rear of the kayak which you should make sure is secure before getting in the water. The intention of this plug is to be able to drain any water from the kayak when done. This is not in the manual, and we found this out the hard way.
If you intend to bring your dog, I recommend trimming and filing nails, and make sure he has a life jacket (I recommend Outward Hound). Also, I purchased an inexpensive yoga mat to put inside the kayak on the floor, just for extra protection, and to give more of a feel of stability under their paws.
I’m very pleased with this purchase, and I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time exploring in it this summer.
453 people found this helpful
I bought this Intex Explorer K2 during an Amazon sale. So disappointing. Second Intex with a leak. Maybe this is why they were on sale for $59 or whatever it was. Great bargain. Just doesn’t hold air. Never even used it. Inflatable floor leaks air after 10 minutes and boat is unusable. When I asked for a replacement, Amazon tells me out of stock. Probably means it was a clearance sale at that price. I called Intex in California ( I could barely understand the lady on the phone) and their return process was too complicated for me requiring cutting pieces of the boat and air valves and mailing them back that I decided to just return to Amazon. Thank you Amazon for a quick and easy return process!
277 people found this helpful
This inflatable Kayak is very poor quality, takes a long time and a lot of work to inflate, and takes on a considerable amount of water; after paddling for an hour, the boat progressively filled with more and more water, until it was about half full of water, up to my waist. The skeg at the bottom, which is supposed to slide on and off for storage, would not come off when we finished, and is stuck. When we tried to fold it up and place it in the storage bag that it comes with it, the bag split in half the first time we used it. I called the company to get a replacement bag, but they said, sorry, we don’t replace the bag. I asked for a solution for the skeg that is stuck in the bottom, and they said they need a number from shipment box that I no longer have. So the company was unwilling to assist at all, and I am stuck with a useless piece of plastic. Stay clear of this product and don’t waste your money.