The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is an inflatable that costs under $100. This is a very basic kayak but also very affordable for anyone who may need to buy multiple kayaks or for someone who wants to get out on the water without spending a ton of money.
Its not specifically made for kids but if you have a few kids, each needing and wanting their own kayak this might be a good route to take. Its best suited for kayaking on a lake or a slow moving river which is fairly free of debris. You will not want to take this into very narrow waterways full of sticks and other shape objects.
Its fairly nimble and extremely stable. The cockpit and inflatable seat along with the back rest are designed for comfort. It comes with an easy to use efficient hand pump, grab lines for transporting and carrying, aluminum paddle and there’s a mesh cargo space is located on top in front.
Also worth mentioning is this kayak has a colorful graphic design. This eye-catching design helps provide safety on the water.
1. How does it rate?
Below is an image of the ratings the Challenger K1 Kayak received from customers at Amazon. When there’s only a couple of ratings for a product you make be tricked but there’s enough ratings here (165) to make it relevant.
Out of 147 customer reviews 111 gave it a 5 or 4-star rating. Good for a kayak under $100.
A common question asked about any inflatable kayak is about its durability. And the answer completely depends your definition of durability and how you plan on using a kayak. Would it be wise to take this kayak where it will run into a lot of sharp points (sticks and rocks)? NO.
But it is durable enough for you to use on an open lake or a river that’s not so inundated with sharp points. However, this inflatable isn’t so fragile. It is made from a heavy vinyl material and has no problem bouncing off big bluntly shaped rocks.
Length and width.
9 feet long and 30 inches wide. Weighs 27.5 pounds and holds up to 220 pounds.
Is this a two-person kayak?
No, this is made for one-person.
Good for kids under 10?
We did start out saying this was a good kayak to buy for kids. And by kids we were thinking 12 and above. We read a question asked in a forum by a mother asking if the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak would be a good choice for here 9 year old son.
There are so many different opinions given to her. Some saying yes, some say no. I think it completely depends on the kid. Some kids grow bigger and are more coordinated at an earlier age compared to others.
We think some kids under 10 could handle this kayak while it may take others a year or two to grow into it. See our recommendations for kids.
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