The Airis Tandem Inflatable Kayak: Style and Comfort for Two
The Airis Tandem inflatable kayak offers comfortable room for two people or it can easily be converted to a solo paddler kayak.
A Look at the Kayak
The accessories that come with the Airis Tandem inflatable kayak include the AirPack™ deluxe portaging backpack, air pump with gauge, repair kit, and manual. Owners can opt to buy add-ons such as a Mini Versa-Track™ system for attaching gear, and an aluminum accessory platform for mounting GPS, fish finder, navigation/safety lights, storage container and more.
Specifications on the Airis Tandem:
- Dimensions: 12' x 33"
- Capacity: 2 adults (450 lbs)
- Weight: 39 lbs
- 2 Air Chambers
- High Pressure Airweb hull & floor
- Flexible seating positions for 1 or 2 people
- 8 D-rings; 4 stern D-rings
- Oversized rear skeg
- Paddle holder
- Integrated foot rests
- Two drain plugs
- Two cup holders
- 6 Molded carry handles
- 2 Storage bungees
- Splash guard
- Storage dimensions: 30" x 19" x 14" (w/ pump attached)
- 2-year limited warranty
Note: Paddle and adjustable seats sold separately.
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Good for Flat Water Paddling
The Airis Play Tandem is hand portable and is ideal for exploring small rivers, inlets, and calm water. With the oversized skeg and tapered bow, it offers good maneuverability and decent tracking and speed for an inflatable. The multiple D-ring attachments allow the seats to be removed or adjusted for improving legroom or to convert the kayak for a solo paddler.
Introduced in 2008, the Airis Tandem is one of the most compact and high pressure inflatable kayaks in the world. It has outstanding rigidity and stability thanks to its AirWeb™ High Pressure Construction. This 7-layer polymer fabric, covering thousands of drop-stitch fibers, allows the kayak to be inflated to a stiff 6.5 psi. In addition to being stretch, tear, and scrape resistant, the material is lightweight and rugged.
Couldn’t Be Simpler
Airis sells their inflatable kayaks with a high-pressure air pump and a gauge to eliminate any guesswork. You’ll be able to inflate the tubes quickly and to the correct high pressure. (Note: Some air pumps only go up to 3psi.) The Airis Tandem is easy to set up too; you can easily pull the kayak backpack out of the trunk or RV, unroll it, pump it up in minutes, and you’re ready to go.
As for performance, beginners and expert kayakers both enjoy the quality and smooth glide of the 12' Airis Tandem inflatable kayak. Reviewers like that it is a breeze to paddle, and the low profile and stable flat base makes it easy for swimmers and snorkelers to get in and out from the water.
To Tandem or Not to Tandem?
We tend to be biased towards solo kayaks and feel that two people stuffed in a tandem boat isn’t as much fun as two individual kayaks. Canoes — yes, two people make for easier paddling, but in kayak touring –let each have his own! That being said, a 2-person inflatable kayak is the way to go if you have a partner who is nervous about being on water, or you’re taking one of the kids or the dog, or you need extra leg space for yourself. Whatever your needs, the $1,599 Airis Tandem inflatable kayak is an excellent choice and a Good Buy.
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