I have both inflatable and hard shell. Just bought the inflatable Innova Safari last fall. Inflatables are great for storage and travel, I can take mine on an airplane. But..., even though it has better glide than other inflatables and some "rec" boats, it would be hard work keeping up with "sea" kayaks. It is a great river boat, which would be what I would say it does best.
I bought it 'cuz I was looking for a good river boat and the Safari's light weight and ease of storage was a definite plus.
See review of Safari under redmond. http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showReviews.html?prod=572
For me, one of the inflatable's downsides is that it's more difficult to add stuff to the deck. On a hard shell, I've gotten pretty good at installing well-nuts. The patches for the inflatables seem a little more difficult.
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