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Reviews for Junior Kayak by Innova Inflatable Kayaks


Rated: 8.75/10 Based On: 4 Reviews

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12-16-2010
Submitted by: jeremySend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Wow, what a little underrated surprising whitewater firecracker! This has to be the BEST boat for small paddlers of any skill level. I've owned it several years now and have taken headstrong teenagers over 10 foot waterfalls and class IV rapids with this boat.

It is tough as nails, very lightweight (17lbs), fast, and maneuvers superbly. It surfs like a champ and can surf all day flooded full of water. It is NOT self bailing, so the water has to be dumped after a tough rapid. I weigh 190+ lbs and have no problem with it. It is more stable than a Safari due to very low center of gravity. The neighborhood kid has yet to spill on class IV technical whitewater.

My only gripes include the floppy floor (add 1" thick ethafoam to the floor to solidify it and keep from bruising your bum on rocks), the cruddy valves (tighten too loose and you lose air, too tight and you can't get them loosened easily), the loose seat (which floats out in the water when you surf the boat), no thighstraps (make some!) and the wear areas on bow and stern (it wasn't designed for Class IV abuse - put patch material on the bow and stern to strengthen areas).

It's a shame this boat isn't sold in the US anymore, but you can still order one new from Gumotex overseas. A kid, teen, or even adults under 200lbs can use this boat for all kinds of paddling adventures. Get an Innova backpack (a top-notch way to carry any inflatable!). Hike it in to a steep creek, pump it up, paddle it out. Take it to the lake, tracks great and paddles fast. Take it to the beach and surf. Take it on an airline. Awesome performance all around.

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02-05-2007
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Rating: 10 of 10

     I love this little boat. I initially thought it might be good for my son (which it is) but it has also been great for me (6'1, 185 pounds). I could carry it 30km on a 50cc scooter no problem which means real freedom. You can carry this with you anywhere. It is also quite fun and responsive on rivers but doesn't drain so be careful.It has proven to be an ideal training boat for my 7 year old son. It is very stable and he can manouver it easily.
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09-08-2004
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 7 of 10

     This is a fun little boat. I bought it to take backpacking (16 lbs.) and go fishing on high mountain lakes. I have also done class II WW with it. You just have to stop & dump water every once in awhile.

The tracking is good, for a boat without a skeg. It is faster than I expected for such a short boat.

I am 6'1" and 180 lbs. and I seem to just fit inside and it is definitely NOT overloaded. It could probably handle 200 lbs. plus. However it is probably more suited to someone 5' 9" and 150 lbs.

I also have a Safari and in some ways the Junior is more fun. You sit right on top of the water (the floor is not inflatable, but the seat bottom is) and because the boat is small and manueverable it feels like an extension of your body. Would be great for kids as well as adults.

Better quality than a comparable Sevylor boat.

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09-08-2004
Submitted by: ---
Rating: 9 of 10

     This is a fantastic little inflatable. It is very compact and easily carried. I have used it on rivers and estuaries in England. Being very robust it seems fine to use in small surf. The material is of high quality. I am 5ft 9in and would think it best suited for teenagers and small adults. I actually imported mine from eastern Europe (where they are called Gumatex). It takes seconds to inflate. My only carp is that the bag it comes in is useless and I would consider buying a small ruck sack for it. Great fun and I believe extremely well made.
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