Category Archives: Gumotex IKs

Drop-stitch Gumotex Thaya IK

The Gumotex Thaya is basically your 4.1-m Solar 3 with some added width and a drop-stitch (d/s) floor, like some Sea Eagles, Advanced Elements and Aqua Glides. Drop-stitch fabric tech seems to have moved on enough to make the complicated hand … Continue reading

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Kayaking and packrafting the Allier (France)

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Tarn In 2005 the Dordogne and nearby Vezere were my first multi-day rivers in a Sunny IK, all helped by the discovery of the inspiring White Water Massif Central guidebook. The Dordogne … Continue reading

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Windpaddling to Achnahaird

The packboat sailing page We decided to lap the tip (left) of the Coigach peninsula. Doing it clockwise put us in the lee of the afternoon’s southwesterly once in Enard Bay and better still, we’d catch high tide at Achnahaird, … Continue reading

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Gumotex Sunny in the Summer Isles

A few shots from our first visit to the Summer Isles in 2006 with my original Gumotex Sunny and Mk1  Safari and when it seems the weather was unusually good for August. One day we paddled out as far as Tanera … Continue reading

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One Million Sharks

  This weekend IK&P went supernova and broke through the one-million hit barrier, making it possibly the most read non-commercial website about inflatable kayaks and packrafts. Find a niche and they will come, as the bloke from WaterWorld is said to … Continue reading

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Gumotex 410C becomes the ‘Solar 3’

In 2019 the similar but wider and DS-floored Thaya may well replace the Solar 3 Gumotex have rebranded 2013’s Solar 410C (right) as a Solar 3. Everything about the two boats appears to be the same, including the price (discounted to about … Continue reading

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Gumotex Twist on the Tarn Gorge

On the way back from some riding in the Pyrenees I persuade my lift that a day’s paddling in southern France’s famous Tarn Gorge would be a good use of our time. The 20-odd kms between La Malene and Le Rozier via Les Vignes (see map) … Continue reading

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IK&P Picture of the Week

An old Gumotex Solar 1 passes under Le Pont des Abarines on the Gardon de Mialet near St Jean du Gard in the southern Cevennes. The bridge is 116 years old this week. Sur le pont des Abarines On y danse, On … Continue reading

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Does your IK need a deck?

Most inflatable kayaks are like canoes and have no  deck. A few like the Gumotex Framura and Swing, or the Grabner Explorer and Decathlon X500 and some Advanced Elements have fixed decks. Others have zip-back or removable decks. Left and right, a yellow Incept K40 with … Continue reading

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