Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

The Intex Challenger K1 is an affordable inflatable kayak crafted from durable PVC. Instantly recognizable by its distinctive safety graphics, this streamlined craft is great for use on calm waters and is roomy and comfortable enough for any kayaker.

This kayak, priced at approx $80 and with dimensions 30’’x15’’x108’’, is meant for solo use and features an inflatable seat, floor, and backrest. With a carrying capacity of 220 lbs. it can sustain the weight of even bulky individuals. The weight of the vessel itself is just 27.2 pounds making it easy to transport for anyone.

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

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Intex Challenger Review

The ProsIntex Challenger K1 Kayak on water

  • Crafted from highly durable 22 gauge PVC – this has been confirmed by multiple consumers who have used it for dozens of trips without any problems. Even at its low cost, you won’t have to worry about buying another inflatable kayak anytime soon because of its reliable construction.
  • Easy to transport – fits into a 2’ x 2’ bag which can easily be stored in the trunk of your car and the low weight means you can easily take it from the car to the water when you get there.
  • Stability – the craft is perfectly stable on Class I and II waters and is also easy to leave and exit, making it ideal for beginners and kids.
  • Very cheap – Priced at $80, you can easily invest in this kayak. This makes it perfectly suitable for those kayakers just starting and don’t want to invest in a pricey vessel because they aren’t sure about kayaking entirely.
  • Plenty of carrying capacity – the load carrying limit of 220 pounds makes it a completely dependable solo vessel (consider the Intex challenger k2 kayak if you’d rather buy a tandem kayak). Several kayakers have confirmed this. Additionally, several users over 6’ tall have reported that the vessel performs excellent for them too.
  • Repair kit included – in the unlikely event that your Intex does develop a leak, you can easily fix it without having to cancel your trip thanks to the repair kit and patch that comes with it. This is very thoughtful of the manufacturer, especially at the low price this product sells.
  • Safe design – The cockpit is made from five separate air chambers, which means that a leak in one won’t cause you to sink to the bottom. The sporty graphics ensure visibility in the water so you won’t suffer a collision with or get splashed by a larger craft. The RWTUV also approves it.

The Cons

  • The seams tend to stick out; they aren’t flush around the craft’s rim. Their sharp edge may rub across your body as you paddle, which can lead to slight discomfort.
  • The lack of an adjustable paddle can cause trouble for people with smaller hands, and the manual hand pump can be tiring – you’d do better to buy a separate electric pump. However, the low price of the product makes up for these small reservations.


INTEX Challenger Inflatable Kayak Series: Includes Deluxe 86in Kayak Paddles and High-Output Pump – SuperStrong PVC – Adjustable Seat with Backrest – Removable Skeg – Cargo Storage Net
  • INFLATABLE KAYAK: The Intex Challenger K2 2-person inflatable kayak has a 350 pound capacity making it great for boating or fishing with friends. The kayak only weights 40 pounds and is U.S. Coast Guard I.D and TUV approved
  • COMFORTABLE: Comfortable and spacious cockpit with inflatable seats and backrests and a cargo net to keep personal belongings in the boat; Streamline design for easy paddling and removable skeg for directional stability
  • FEATURES: Inflatable I beam floor for comfort and rigidity, streamline design for easy paddling, grab lines on both ends, and made of rugged tough 30 gauge vinyl for durability; Noticeable graphics give a sporty flair and maximize safety on the water
  • KAYAK DESIGN: Strong molecular structure of this plastic makes it highly resistant to damage from abrasion, impact and sunlight with special PVC plastic material also allows more air pressure for greater rigidity while maintaining the PVC material's natural flexibility
  • INCLUDES: The easy to store and carry package includes the Challenger K2 kayak, 2 86-inch aluminum oars, High capacity/output hand pump with 2 quick fill, fast deflate Boston valves on main hull chamber, repair patch kit and carry bag; Kayak dimensions (LxWxH): 138 x 30 x 15 inches

The price of this vessel made it perfect for the novice kayaker, and coupled with its durability, reliability, and mobility; you won’t find a kayak anywhere better than this one to match a tight budget. Perfect for those starting in the sport or have kids/relatives for whom an extra kayak is required.

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