The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak provides a single person inflatable canoeing experience at a reasonable price. Very good reviews, and we bought two ourselves.
Our Score: 8.7/10
We've given the Intex Challenger K1 Inflatable Kayak Review the Thumbs Up award.
- Very Affordable.
- Comes with everything you need (except buoyancy aid).
- Handles surprisingly well.
The not so good
- The material is not as well protected as more expensive inflatable kayaks.
This was a hands-on product review.
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The Intex K1 Challenger is a good entry-level inflatable canoe for getting on the water with a small budget
The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is a one person inflatable canoe designed for mild water (i.e. canals and slow-moving rivers).
If you have a number of kids you need to get afloat, then the Intex Challenger K1 is an affordable option - which is why we bought two!
Being at the more budget end of the scale, you don't get the additional hull protection as you would with the larger and more expensive inflatable canoes, such as the Sevylor Hudson.
Included with the Challenger is a paddle. The paddle is in three sections, which makes transporting it easier.
It also has a removable skeg to make handling better, and a hand/foot pump that makes inflating easy.
As well as the main inflatable chambers, the Intex Challenger K1 comes with an inflatable seat and a separate inflatable foot rest.
The foot rest will help padding, but also provides more buoyancy, which could prove useful in an accident.
Would we recommend?
Our Sevylor Hudson has been great and will be the main boat for mum, dad, and our smallest child, but the two older children need their own kayak now. Buying two of these Intex Challengers is much more within our budget.
I won't be taking them to any strong water though (there's a lot of canals here to explore), and they will always wear their Buoyancy Aids.
Here's a video review we made of the Intex Challenger.
For a budget inflatable canoe I was very impressed with how this little boat handled - it did feel much more like a real kayak and cut through the water quite well (for an inflatable).
Unlike bigger inflatable canoes, the Challenger K1 does feel a little wobbly when you get in (just like a real kayak), but is actually very stable and should not tip over unless you do something really silly (like trying to stand up whilst leaning over the side!).
It doesn't come with a spray deck (the bit that seals people into their kayaks) and so if it did tip over, your kids will easily slip out.
Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Manual
You can download the manual here.
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