The best Inflatable Kayaks and Packboats for Touring

See also:
Other IKs (and why some are not on this list)
Overlanding with Packboats

Summer 2020


A regularly comparison table for what I consider the best touring inflatable kayaks (plus a packayak) based on the sort of boats this website covers: longer boats with room for gear paddled solo or two-up.
To aid clarity, I’ve now dropped discontinued or obscure boats from the table. Links below lead to the original review or ‘preview’.
I’ve owned or own a Sunny (similar to a longer Solar), FC Java, Incept K40 Tasman, Grabner Amigo, Gumotex Seawave and the MRS Nomad S1 pakayak, and have tried a Grabner H2.

My Nomad packayak may be an unconventional choice but have a read anyway. One of these days I’ll get to evaluate a full DS kayak – it ought not sag in the middle like the picture above – a Sunny from about 15 years ago. There’s more on other IKs here, some like the Neris Smart and Smart Pro could also be contenders but generally, IKs with metal frames have had their day now we have drop-stitch.


Not all figures below are verified except for the boats I’ve actually owned or used or from reliable reviewers. In some cases my figures don’t match official data. Click below to enlarge. Check the version date of the latest table bottom right.