Outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to add kayaking to their exercise routine need a watercraft that is lightweight and easily transported. They also need room to stow gear securely, with an eye toward load-bearing capacity.
There are a number of reasons why Sevylor has become one of the better kayak manufacturers today, and a few great reasons why the Quick Pack Coverless is a great choice depending on your intended use.
The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top rises to all of those challenges and adds durable construction to the mix. Here are a few of the pros and cons of owning the K1, as it is known for short.
QuickPak Coverless Pros:
Lightweight: Every outdoor enthusiast knows that weight is key to a successful hike or camping venture. The QuickPak weighs a scant 12 lbs, with the paddle and pump adding just under 5 lbs. The entire set-up weighs a total of 17 lbs and folds into a backpack configuration for easy transportation.
Easy set-up: Once you are waterside, you do not want to spend 30 minutes or more in the hot sun setting up. The K1 is equipped with a dual-action hand pump and will inflate in less than 10 minutes. After loading your gear, you may have less than 20 minutes between arrival and the first stroke of the paddle.
Sturdy construction: No one wants their watercraft to deflate or tear while on the water. The QuickPak is made of 21 gauge PVC, strong enough to withstand submerged logs and the occasional rock. It is also designed with Sevylor’s patented Double Lock and Mini Double Lock valves to ensure that the craft does not deflate. This also makes it good for stable waters when you are trying to fish.
Comfortable and easy to handle: Some entry-level inflatable watercraft feel cramped when boarded, are a bit clunky to handle, and do not track well. The K1 is an exception. It is 8’8” long and 3′ wide, making it easy for beginners to handle. The pointed bow and tracking fin help novice paddlers keep the boat tracking true. The K1 is equipped with an adjustable backrest to help you stay comfortable.
Load bearing capacity: The Sevylor QuickPak can carry up to 400 lbs, making it ideal for people with larger frames or who want to carry gear to a camping destination. The cargo area in the fore is equipped with a strong web harness to secure any gear that you need to carry.
Unusual Features: The K1 includes a few features that you will not find in some of the more expensive inflatables on the market. They include an integrated cup-holder and an oar holder.
Before we jump into the cons, check out the additional video review from one particular user.
QuickPak Coverless Cons:
The main drawback to the K1 is that many reviewers say it does to track well if you are a small person. The complaint seems to be that the front of the craft moves a bit independently if you do not add some sort of weight.
The issue seems to come specifically from owners who weigh less than 175 lbs but is easily remedied with a dumbbell weight or small backpack full of food and water. Unfortunately, it’s not big enough for two people.
Products Similar to the Sevylor QuickPak Coverless
Driftsun Voyager 2 Person Tandem Inflatable Kayak
We like this kayak because it comes with a high flow double action hand pump that allows its user to inflate it in less than five minutes. When deflated for transport, this inflatable kayak fits nicely into the included carry bag. It has a lightweight design that makes it easy to handle by one person, weighing in at only 27 lbs.
It has a heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin bottom that provides durable protection from punctures, double-threaded Boston valves that are guaranteed to prevent any leaks, and a tough 840D coated nylon oxford fabric top cover that is ripped and highly tear-resistant.
Overall, it’s a high-quality choice that still manages to come at a fairly decent price considering all the specs and features.
Elkton Outdoors Steelhead Fishing Kayak
We absolutely love the standup casting and overall construction of this particular kayak. It comes with a full one-year warranty for materials, workmanship, and assembly. On top of that, you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you’re not satisfied with the purchase.
The kit also includes a travel pack and a pump that allows you to inflate the kayak easily. Built for fishing and other relaxing activities, this kayak comes with multiple attachments and storage options, such as front bungee, paddle parks, and scotty style mount attachment points.
Sea Eagle 300x Inflatable Explorer Kayak Pro Carbon Package
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Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The Sevylor QuickPak Coverless Sit-On-Top Kayak is the best at what it is designed to be: a small, lightweight personal watercraft. It tracks well in most instances, performs admirably in calm water or Class II rapids, and offers a great price point.
Undoubtedly, this may be the best entry-level, single person inflatable model on the market today.
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