Sneak preview: New AirFusion Kayak from Advanced Elements, AE1040

AE1040 Advanced Elements AirFusion Kayak.

One of the most eagerly anticipated additions to the Advanced Elements 2010 line-up, is the arrival of the new AirFusion kayak in late January

The AirFusion kayak is designed to rival the handling and speed of skin-on-frame kayaks, while simplifying the setup procedure. It features a unique design fusion of aluminum alloy frame poles and pressurized air tubes, resulting in a high performance rigid frame system.


  • Length 13 feet
  • Width 25 inches
  • Weight 32 lbs (14.5 kgs)
  • Max weight: 300lbs (136 kgs)
  • Chambers: 7
  • Folded size: 35 x 21 x 9 inches
  • Comes with: Duffel bag, repair kit, seat, owner’s manual.

Features include:

  • Narrow beam design paddles like a rigid hard-shell kayak.
  • Heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin material for extreme puncture resistance
  • Inflatable coaming area to attach a spray skirt
  • Zippered access for below-deck gear storage
  • Bungee deck lacing
  • D-rings for gear tie-down
  • Molded rubber handles

MSRP: $799
Available: Late January 2010

Stay tuned! We’ll be posting in-depth details when they first arrive.


  1. Would a stocky person weighing in at 230 be to big for this model. I’ve waited too long for this AE-1040 model to come out! I am a 38 torso big back and chest?

    1. We should be picking one up this week – barring bad weather, we will take pump it up, measure and photograph it, and let you know the details. I would be in a better position to answer the question at that time.

  2. I’m looking forward for your comparison between the 2010 Air Fusion AE-1040 and the 2010 KAIR-1 BIC Sports Yakkair-1.

    My choice to purchase has narrowed between these two kayaks and I’m dependent upon you to “pump it up, measure and photograph” and relay the facts and details but, most of all your opinions for the kayak that would be best for coastal sea kayaking day play.

    I’m counting on your insight on both kayaks to help me choose the best kayak as I’m unable to physically test each kayak.

    Thanks in advance,

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