Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Foldable Kayak

If you’ve wanted to own a personal watercraft but felt you never had the space, a foldable kayak can likely solve your storage and transportation issues.

kayak on the water during sunset
If you’re short on storage space or don’t want to carry around a heavy boat, a foldable kayak might be just what you’re looking for.Joshua Ness

So, is the vision of having your folding kayak collapsing around you as you sink in the middle of the lake perhaps dampening your enthusiasm for using one? If this is only one of many recurring dreams you might wish to talk with a professional. But if you’re ready for a new sense of freedom, consider the advantages of today’s convertible kayaks. Look for portability and packability, durability of materials and convenience.

hybrid foldable and inflatable kayak

Portability and Packability

This hybrid foldable/inflatable kayak weighs 52 pounds, sets up in 10 minutes, and comes with a carrying case.ADVANCED ELEMENTS

The main reason you’d want a folding kayak is for its portability and packability for ease of transporting and storage. Get one that fits in your vehicle, store it in a closet, and carry it easily to wherever you access the water.

Oru Kayak Foldable Kayak

Materials and Durability

This collapsible boat is made of UV resistant polypro and rust-resistant hardware, weighs 28 pounds, and assembles in 5 minutes.Oru Kayak

Folding kayaks are built as structurally folding or inflatable, or both in the case of hybrid boats. Look for structural boats that are reinforced at their folds, and inflatables using high quality reinforced PVC, a UV-resistant treatment, as well as quality hardware.

Intex Excursion Pro Kayak


This inflatable foldable kayak weighs under 45 pounds and features high-pressure spring-loaded valves for inflation in 10 to 15 minutes.Intex

In addition to the convenience of portability and storability there is the ease with which a folding boat can be unfolded and locked, or an inflatable boat can be inflated. Once you’re at the water, how long will it take to get out on it? Then again, once you’ve limited out and are done for the day, or there’s a storm approaching, how quickly can you re-fold or deflate?