Intex is known for making budget-friendly inflatable kayaks, but even for kayakers on a tight budget, wasting a small amount of money on a useless item is a big deal.
In this article, we’ll review the Explorer K2 so that you can make an informed decision that you won’t regret later, so make sure to read it thoroughly.
Intex Explorer K2 Kayak Review – At a Glance
The Intex Explorer seems to have the full package because it comes with all the necessary equipment and tools needed for inflation as well as using the kayak. It’s one of the kayaks certified by the National Marine Manufacturers, which is why we trusted it has a lot to offer.
- Can accommodate two kayakers
- Quick set-up
- Comes with plenty of accessories
- Paddles quality isn’t the best
- The included air pump is difficult to use
- Low weight capacity
As you may already know, the Intex Explorer K2 is an inflatable 2-person kayak made of rugged 30-gauge vinyl with an I-beam floor. The kayak is way stronger than it looks as it’s built with a 1200 denier nylon shell and supported with numerous internal tubes.
It’s about 11.5 feet long and 2.6 feet wide, with a maximum weight capacity that reaches 400 pounds, so it can accommodate your gear as well as your companion’s equipment as long as you don’t go too far.
Figuring out how to inflate and deflate the Explorer K2 is a piece of cake, even if you don’t go through the user’s manual. Because it only has two compartments, it roughly takes a couple of minutes to set up, and the gauge will be your guide so that you don’t over-inflate or under-inflate the kayak.
That said, we’re no fans of the air pump because its size makes it hard to use. Unless you don’t mind a little exercise before paddling, chances are, you’ll find the pump quite annoying.
The good news is, it’s quite easy to find another, more efficient pump that fits the valves of the kayak, and if this isn’t your first inflatable kayak, you probably have one already. Also, keep in mind that the Explorer K2 comes at such a low price, so the pump is still a win-win.
Deflating the kayak is even easier than inflating it, but that’s pretty expected. What’s impressive is that it dries fast because it’s covered by a waterproof fabric, so you can use a towel or a small piece of cloth to dry it rather than waiting for it to dry on its own.
Inflatable kayaks are the most portable; it doesn’t need to be said. However, there are a couple of things that we would like to point out, the first of which is the design of the duffle bag.
It’s great that the kayak comes with its own carrying bag, and to be honest, it can accommodate the kayak, all its accessories, and perhaps your kayaking outfit and a couple of PFDs as well.
Nonetheless, the handles are thinner than they should be, and we truly wished the kayak came with shoulder straps. Unfortunately, it doesn’t, so carrying it in a duffle bag for a couple of minutes is a bit painful unless you have the body for it.
The Intex Explorer K2 folds up easily, and you can even carry it inflated because it’s as lightweight as inflatable kayaks can be. It’s also worth mentioning that you can use the robes at the stern and the bow to drag it on the sand, so when it comes to portability, there’s more than one way to go.
Although you’d expect an inflatable kayak to be as durable as a pool raft, the Explorer K2 can hold on a bit longer.
Also, it comes with multiple repair patches. We never really needed to use a patch to tell you how things would go; we only tested one to check how strong it attaches to the vessel. The patches are self-adhesive, but we recommend using a stronger gluing material if you ever have to use them.
The Explorer K2 is a kayak that you can just grab without preparing a vehicle, set it up, and get into the water. This is why it only comes with two compartments. It’s more practical and saves you much effort while inflating the kayak, not to mention, it goes with the price of the kayak.
All this aside, it’s a bit worrying that it only comes with two compartments because they can easily go down, and you’ll be only left with the chairs floating, which doesn’t sound like the best scenario. This is why we recommend wearing a life jacket; many states necessitate wearing one anyway.
The Intex Explorer K2 holds up pretty well. It’s easy to maneuver, and the removable skeg enhances directional stability. The paddles aren’t the best, so you can invest in new ones if possible. Regardless, the kayak is for recreational uses; don’t expect more of it.
So, for an occasional or a beginner kayaker who’d otherwise rent a kayak, it’s such a compelling offer, especially that it comes with all the necessary accessories and at such a price.
What’s Included in the Box?
- The Kayak
- An air pump
- Two seats
- A storage bag
- A skeg
- Two paddles
- A repair patch
Which Is Better, The Intex Explorer or Challenger?
The Explorer is wider, more durable, and it’s a bit more comfortable than the lower-priced Intex challenger.
Do Inflatable Kayaks Last for a Long Time?
Absolutely! If you take care of your inflatable kayak, it’ll last between 5 to 10 years, depending on the manufacturer and how frequently you use it. However, as they’re usually pocket-friendly, the worst-case scenario would be that it lasts for five years only, which is still a long duration.
Does the Intex Explorer K2 Come with a Warranty?
Yes, but it only extends for the first 90 days from the date of purchase.
It’s crystal clear that you’ll be making a bit of a compromise when it comes to the different attachments and extras that come with the Explorer K2 kayak. However, when it comes to the kayak itself, we believe the advantages weigh out this compromise, particularly at this price range. You do the math!