The Innova K1 Inflatable Kayak: Sophisticated River Runner

The Innova K1 inflatable kayak is a single-paddler yak with high-pressure tube construction. Along with its tandem sibling, the K2, the K1 is an expedition-quality river runner.

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The Innova K1 and K2 feature an abrasive-resistant 1200-denier Nitrylon (polyester/rubber laminate) hull, backrests, footrests, thigh straps, self-bailing holes, drybag/backpack, and repair kit. Each model comes with a 2-year warranty.

Features/specs on the Innova K1 inflatable kayak:

Innova K1 Inflatable Kayak

  • Price: $1,599
  • Dimensions: 11'2"x39"
  • Capacity: 1 adult (220 lbs)
  • Weight: 33 lbs
  • Self-bailing
  • River rating: Class IV
  • Main tube diameter: 12"
  • Packed dimensions: 28"x28"x11"

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Features/specs on the Innova K2 (tandem):

Innova K2 Inflatable Kayak

  • Price: $1,899
  • Dimensions: 12'10"x39"
  • Capacity: 2 adults (440 lbs)
  • Weight: 44 lbs
  • Self-bailing
  • River rating: Class IV
  • Main tube diameter: 12"
  • Packed dimensions: 28"x28"x12"

Note: Paddles not included.

Designed for Fast Water

These inflatable kayaks have high-pressure side chambers that are inflated to 3.7psi, compared to 3psi on Innova’s other kayaks. This reduces flexing while rolling over big waves, while the swept up bow in front takes on chop and turbulence and the self-bailing holes drains water from the boat. The 12'10" tandem Innova K2 is one of the more stable two-person river running designs on the market.

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Because of this unique design, neither the Innova K1 inflatable kayak nor the K2, are recommended (by maker Innova) for flatwater touring, sea kayaking, or surfing. They are suitable for rivers only, with water running from mild to moderate and advanced, up to Class IV whitewater.

Reviews and Feedback

For $1600 and $1900 MSRP, respectively, the Innova K1 and K2 have not impressed reviewers despite their solid, rugged construction. The inflatables are average performers that have a fairly low weight capacity, and don’t offer anything exceptional that stands apart from competitors’ kayaks – other than the high price.

Innova hits it out of the park with their under-$1000 kayaks for quality, performance, and value, but they aren’t as competitive with the high-end yaks over $1500, as the price-to-value ratio is questionable. The Innova K1 inflatable kayak — and the K2 — are several hundred dollars higher compared to similar models in their class, and the value doesn’t justify spending the extra money. Brick-and-mortar stores and online boat dealers don’t sell many K1s and K2s (or the Orinoco) so if you want one, you may have to request a price quote and make a special order.

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