Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2 Review

 

Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2

Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2 Review

Advanced Elements is one of the most innovative inflatable kayak manufacturers out there. Their most common models are the AE 1007, AE 1012 and the AE 1017 Advanced Frame models. However today we are going to review one of their budget models which still incorporates Advanced Elements innovative design with a more friendly price tag.

 

KayakLengthWidthWeightMaximum CapacityPrice
Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2 Review 11’2″ feet 37″ 31.5 Lbs 400 Lbs $$$

Features

  • Removable Tracking Fin
  • Two High back backrest Seats with pocket and water bottle holders
  • Rear Drain Plug
  • Pointed Bow and Rocker
  • Bungee Deck lacing with D rings
  • Durable PVC Tarpailin Hull Material
  • 600 D Polyester Cover
  • Three Seating positions for tandem or single use
  • Includes Carrying Bag
  • Repair Kit

It also serves as a pretty good fishing kayak to boot!

Feature Analysis

Advanced Elements response to the Sea Eagle 330 and 370 series the Island Voyage is great for recreational purposes. Infact if you are on this page chances are you have at one point compared the Sea Eagle models to what you are about to read. So I’ll give a little break down.

Both Kayaks feature great durability and are manufactured well. Where they they begin to separate is down to what you are using the craft for. If you are planning on using this craft for calm waters and want some decent tracking ability I would go with the Advanced Elements Island Voyager 2. If you want something that can handle almost all of what nature can throw at a craft then it is best to go to a sea eagle 330 or 370.

This kayak has a depth of 38 inches giving it a low center of gravity. This has some advantages and disadvantages.. The advantage of having a low center of gravity is that wind will not push you around as much. The disadvantage being that if you are a shorter person you have to adapt a  higher angle paddling stance. The on water performance of this craft is pretty good and tracks well. The Removable tracking fin definitely helps the tracking performance of this craft. Without it you have to do more on water correcting. You may have to play around with the setup of the seat position a bit to get the most performance out of the kayak.

The Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2 can be used as a tandem or a single kayak. It’s on water performance is greater when it is a tandem as the craft seems to track better when more weight is added. It’s pointed bow and rocker helps the maneuver more smoothly in the water.

Pros:

  • Solid Maneuverability
  • Good tracking with tracking fin
  • Made of durable material from top manufacturer
  • Easy to board and exit from
  • One of the cheaper advanced elements kayaks
  • Great Entry level kayak
  • Room for extra gear

Cons:

  • Not the greatest kayak for a tall couple but will comfortably fit a tall person
  • Tracking is compromised when less weight is in the kayak
  • Not the best kayak to take in tougher conditions
  • Does not come with a pump

What Customers Say

Advanced Elements Island Voyage 2

Most Customers were very pleased with what they got with the Island Voyage 2.  Some of it’s strengths detailed was its tracking ability, and how easy it is to get in and out of. Many taller people who reviewed this boat stated that they used it comfortably as a solo kayak but found it a bit uncomfortable with another person in, specifically another taller person. It is great as a tandem for father/ son mother/ daughter type of trip ow for two smaller people as said before it tends to wobble less when it is weighted down.

Rating: 9/10

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