The Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack Kayak – Not Recommended
The Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack Kayak has several design flaws that interfere with the goals of fun and convenience. It is advertised as a “promotional version” of the classic Tahiti, but there’s no comparing the Fiji with the legend.
A Look at the Kayak
The inflatable kayak features semi-rigid I-beam construction and three air chambers to keep that kayak afloat if one is punctured. It has two seats (one fixed and one removable) with backrests.
Specifications of the Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack Kayak:
- Dimensions/weight: 10'4" x 2'9" / 24 lbs
- Load Capacity: 250 pounds
- Two seats
- Pinch valves
- Paddle, carrying bag
- Two Spray Covers
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Not a Durable Boat
The Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack is advertised as a 2-person craft, which is fine if one is an adult and the second is a child; otherwise, treat this 10-footer as a one-person kayak. Also, the stated load capacity of 250 pounds is just ridiculous – this is not a durable boat and should not be used by anyone over 150 pounds. Not only does it not fill with enough psi in the floor chamber to keep your butt from morphing into a protruding hull shape, you’ll be seated in an awkward declined position that will make paddling especially tiring.
Actually, the ideal passenger for the Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack Kayak would be a child – as long as they are in a safe and shallow pool of water or mild surf. In that case, the cheap paddle becomes a plus since it is extremely lightweight and perfect for a kid (the 5-piece paddle feels flimsy for an adult user).
The biggest issue that customers discuss in reviews is that the Fiji Travel Pack has no Boston valves. Instead, it has cheap one-way valves that take a long time to inflate and nearly half as long to deflate. There are nine tiny pinch valves to deal with so you are not going to be a happy camper having to pump this kayak up before every use. Also, since the valves on the tubes don’t fit Coleman pumps, you’ll need to buy a regular Sevylor hand or foot pump.
Not Recommended Even at $80 Bucks
A heavier adult will taco the Fiji in the middle so don’t plan on putting this craft in deep water without wearing a life jacket. Sevylor makes several good inflatable recreational kayaks in the bargain price range, such as the Tahiti, but we can’t count Fiji among them. The thought of dealing with all those valves time after time will discourage you from even bothering to get this inflatable boat out of the car truck. Avoid the Sevylor Fiji Travel Pack Kayak and go with the Tahiti for about $30 more.
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