Earlier this year, the launch of AquaGlide’s inflatable kayak line dramatically expanded the options available to paddlers looking for portability.
AirKayaks note: We have also posted information on the new 2016 AquaGlide product line, which should be available early 2016.
A division of North Sports Inc, the Aquaglide brand has grown steadily over the past 13 years, encompassing water sports products such as commercial and residential water trampolines, tow toys, recreational water equipment and the highly popular Multisport 270 – an inflatable windsurf/sailboat/pull toy/kayak combo.
Unveiled at last month’s Outdoor Retailer Show, the new 2015 Aquaglide inflatable kayak product line has expanded to 19 models – including 7 new kayaks and 3 redesigns – with MSRP pricing from $199.95 to $1099.95.
The new high-pressure Aquaglide models include the Chelan HB – a touring model in three sizes – and the BlackFoot HB – a high pressure fishing kayak for one to two paddlers. The current two Klickitat self-bailing whitewater kayaks, and the three Deschutes series recreational kayaks – both with high-pressure floor construction – remain the same.
The new Chelan HB high-pressure touring series consists of three sizes, and is a hybrid of the original Columbia HB and Klickitat HB models. The Chelans feature the Columbia’s long sleek waterline but are constructed in the smooth skin Duratex material used on the Klickitats, which reduces drying time. The sizes include the 11’4 Chelan One HB for solo paddling, the 13’5 Chelan Two HB for one to two paddlers, and the 15 ft Chelan HB Tandem XL for 1 to 3 paddlers. Street prices $799, $999 and $1099 respectively. AirKayaks note: We now have detailed product reviews on the Chelan HB One inflatable kayak and a Detailed Product Review of the Chelan HB Tandem XL with Photos
The new 12′ 8 BlackFoot HB is a high pressure inflatable for one to two paddlers with the focus on fishing. The kayak body includes integrated Scotty mounts and a utility dry bag/cooler, rigid floor for standup fly fishing, and an ergonomic inflatable jumper seat for enhanced seating. See our recent Blackfoot Sneak Preview for more details. Street price $999.
The Columbia HB series has undergone a significant manufacturing change to a low pressure floor, and is now called the Columbia XP, bridging the gap between the Chinook and Chelan product lines. This includes the Columbia XP One single at 11’4, the 13’5 Columbia XP Two for one to two paddlers, and the 15 ft Columbia XP Tandem XL for 1-3 paddlers. The prices have been reduced to $599, $699 and $799 respectively. AirKayaks note: We now have a Detailed Product Review of the Columbia XP Tandem XL with Photos.
Both the Columbia XP and Chelan HB series can be enclosed with optional single and double spray decks, allowing paddlers to use spray skirts in chillier weather.
While the Chinook and Rogue tandem models remain the same, three new low-pressure single models have been introduced – the Rogue XP1, Panther XP and Chinook XP One.
Weighing in at 20 lbs, the 8 ft Rogue XP One “diveyak” joins the current two person model as an economical fishing option, with a street price of $229.
Two new singles join the Chinook series. At just over 9 feet and 32 inches wide, the Panther is the first “youth-specific” kayak featuring a narrower beam. Targeted towards children from 50 lbs up to small adults of 130 lbs, the Panther weighs 24 lbs with a street price of $349.
The 8 ft 11″ Chinook XP One is an entry level single kayak for standard adults. Weighing in at 28 lbs, with a payload of 250 lbs, the Chinook XP One has a wider beam of 36 inches. Street price also $349.
Aquaglide also offers the Cascade line – three inflatable SUPs ranging in size from 10 to 12.5 feet.
The new models should be available in February 2015.
Stay tuned. We’ll have upcoming details on each of the 2015 AquaGlide kayaks on our website at AirKayaks.com. Or feel free to send us an email – ask to get on the 2015 AquaGlide notification list and we’ll let you know details as we find out.