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A guy at our Gym has an Intex K2 Kayak for him and his son to use when out camping. Reckoned it was good fun. The 3 meter dinghies we have had were from Intex at about £50 a pop but I went through three of them, the last one ending up in a skip in the Pyrenees. I still have the latest one but its not getting used now since I got the Kayak. Not sure about their Kayaks but the problem with the dinghies is they are a single skin and not really much thicker than your average lilo. They were forever getting punctured but I found some magic clue in a Chandlers in France that you just dabbed on the hole and by morning it was better than new. I never managed to find the exact same product in the UK though, this stuff was amazing.
One of the things Im delighted about the Madison though is its so tough. The double skin is like one of those old canvas tents and I really think it would take a lot of hammer to burst it and in theory you could get a nick in the outer skin and as long as the internal bladder is sound it wont go down.
Not sure I would take it in rapids or low water on a river where it would get dragged over rocks but I Think its designed for a bit of abuse.
|robbosps||I went out with my brother in law toady and he brought his new Intex K2 inflatable Kayak. Its not designed for the sea, but it coped well in a slightly choppy swell in the Solent. He bought his as a kit for £80 from Amazon, and I was sceptical. Its actually very good, and we are going to get one for our trips in the van, even if its just for the wife and kids.|
|Pudsey_Bear||Yes to be fair, you do manage very well, you just need to be less defeatist and try harder|
Well we can carry everything we need. I would prefer to take rigid mountain bikes rather than folders but they do the job. Im not sure I would prefer to take a rigid Kayak as the blow up one is so flexible and goes on the bike. I think even the two parter rigid you posted might be a bit risky been driven round the alps on the back of a scooter.
I think fitting two full size folding bikes, a Kayak and a Scooter in one van without a trailer or having to have a big garage taking up space is pretty good going really.
|Pudsey_Bear||Shame Barry, I'd be miffed if I couldn't carry all I needed.|
Not scared of a few rapids me. No fear you see. Maybe not such a good thing. I went white water rafting in the Dolomites on a blow up rubber ring.
Simply no room or payload on the back for anything else Kev. Like I said though, Im very happy with the inflatable. its a great bit of kit and a good all round compromise. I suspect a rigid one would be better for long distances and surf.
Thats not the only thing he is fixated on I am ashamed to suggest. I wonder which way round he would fit the camera.I would like to see the expressions as he approaches rapids unexpectedly.Plus I do really enjoy the photos posted so far.almost decided to have one more trip and make it Scotland but alas not to be.
I liked the two parter as well am I right in thinking it can be made into a two man version, I did wonder if it could be fastened to the back of the van with a bit of thought, and still carry the scoot, shame it can't travel on the scoot, but hey you can't have everything.
I think you need to buy a new van with a garage, then you can have Scoot, inflatable and rigid.
Oh no sorry, you're fixated on a rear lounge
|barryd||All very much appreciated Kev and thanks very much indeed for the input. The roof really is out though for me sadly. I like the idea of the two part Kayak but I suspect it will take most of the luton which already has two folding bikes in it. The Sevylor when bagged up slips nicely in-between them. Maybe I just need a massive RV and just fill it with toys. I would still run out of room.|
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