As previously mentioned, Aquaglide, Inc of White Salmon, Washington has recently announced the launch of their new inflatable kayak line for 2014. The new Aquaglide product line consists of 12 models with MSRP pricing from $199.95 to $1099.95.
The Columbia HB series will be available in three sizes ranging in length from 10 ft 6 inches to 15 feet. Designed for recreational touring and all-around use, the Columbia HB flagship series is constructed from a commercial grade Duratex hull material blended with a rugged 600 denier polyester.
The “Hard Bottom (HB)” 6+ PSI high-pressure floor provides rigidity and stability which – when coupled with a streamlined silhouette and removable tracking fin – enhances the paddling performance. Front and rear spray guards are positioned to keep paddlers dry, each with ample bungee deck lacing for attaching gear.
Paddling comfort is enhanced with the adjustable Pro-Formance seats, featuring an inflatable base and high backrest with plenty of storage features – mesh pockets, integrated fishing rod holders and removable beverage holder.
Other features include neoprene knuckle guards, military inflation valves, quick-release tracking fin system, molded handles, front foot rests and paddleholders. Each kayak comes with an oversized carrying bag with backstrap.
There are three sizes.
Columbia One HB:
Size: 10.5 feet long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
Boxed weight: 36 lbs
Columbia Two HB
Paddlers: 1 or 2
Size: 13 ft 5 inches long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 400 lbs
Boxed weight: 43 lbs
Columbia Tandem HB
Paddlers: 1 or 2 with extra space for gear, child or pet. Includes a removable third “jumper seat.”
Size: 15 feet long with a 36″ width
Weight capacity: 600 lbs
Boxed weight: 51 lbs
Available early in 2014.
Other Aquaglide models include the Deschutes – a high pressure all-purpose recreational design, in three sizes; the Klickitat – a high-pressure, whitewater self-bailer for for solo or tandem kayaking and the Chinook – an economically-priced, low-pressure recreational model in two sizes. The lineup is rounded out with two entry level inflatables – the Rogue diving/fishing model and the price-conscious Yakima. Aquaglide also offers the Cascade line – three inflatable SUPs ranging in size from 10 to 12.5 feet.
Stay tuned. We’ll have upcoming details on each of the new inflatable kayak models on our website at AirKayaks.com.