At last summer’s Outdoor Retailer Show, Advanced Elements of Benicia, California, unveiled two limited edition inflatable kayaks models being introduced in 2015. The new 13 ft limited edition AE1009-LTD Expedition LTD touring kayak is in transit and scheduled to be available 4/10/10.
The Expedition LTD features a major color redesign, as well as some innovative design changes. Now in an Ocean Blue with orange graphics, the Expedition LTD sports a sleeker silhouette with integrated storage. A new “deck lift” – consisting of an aluminum bar – works in conjunction with the current integrated inflatable deck lifts, to create a sculpted look with more knee/legroom as well as shedding accumulated water. A rear integrated storage hatch with rolltop closure provides easy access to paddling gear. Velcro paddle holders are standard as well as new d-rings, making it easier to attach gear.
A new integrated “pressure relief valve” ensures the floor is not over-inflated. Set at 1 PSI, the relief valve releases enough air to maintain 1 PSI when pumping it up, or if left in the hot sun.
MSRP is $749. For more details or to purchase, visit the Expedition LTD product page at AirKayaks.com
The second new model – the 10.5 foot AdvancedFrame LTD – should be available in late April/early May, in limited quantities.