Coleman Sevylor Quikpak K1 Inflatable Kayak Review 2020 – Is it Worth It?

Sevylor (owned by Outdoors Camping company Coleman) focuses on making outdoor inflatables such as floaties as well as inflatable boats and inflatable kayaks. In fact they have been making them since 1949! The Sevylor Quikpak K1 is a great casual recreational kayak that is great for getting in and out of the water with.

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Features

  • Includes Easy Carry Backpack
  • tarpaulin bottom
  • Bungee Storage
  • Paddle
  • Hand Pump
  • Middle Cup Holder (Hey!)
  • Multiple position foot rests
  • Multiple Air Chambers
  • Seat and backrest
  • Double lock valves
  • 400 lbs Max Capacity
  • 21-gauge PVC Construction

Sevylor Quikpak K1 Review

Kayak Length Width Weight Maximum Capacity Price
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Sevylor Quikpak K1
8 Feet 7 Inches 3 Feet 16.5 Lbs 400 Lbs $

If you really want something that does not take up hardly any room, weighs less than 20 lbs and want to have a very casual lake paddle you get the Sevylor Quikpak K1! The Quikpak K1 is really the a hybrid between a floatie and a kayak. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as many people don’t want to lug a 30 lb inflatable kayak for a few hours of fun.I will say that for a hybrid between a kayak and pool floatie it is very durable!  What highlights this kayak though is the fact that it is easy to get in and out of the water! It also has a little bit of room at the stern of the kayak to put a small lunch cooler or other smaller miscellaneous things.

Feature Advantages:

The Sevylor Quikpak K1 is a solid hastle free option that is not only one of the lightest inflatable kayaks around but also very easy to transport. It’s a great way to get peopel who have little storage space introduced to the kayaking world. 

This Kayak is great for people who want to buy something simply for a day on the lake. It is a great option as a starter kayak that really won’t eat too much of your budget. In terms of quality the watercraft is pretty good for what it costs. Made of 21 Gauge PVC this craft has been known to take some of the punches that the lake provides including submerged sticks, sharp rocks ect. In sayiong this don’t assume that the Coleman Sevylor Quikpak K1 is a godsend in terms of quality. With most inflatable items you will always hear about something poping but with proper care you can greatly reduce the chances of that happening. Some things you can do are:

  • Keep the Kayak out of the sun
  • Rinse it off after your excursion, especially after saltwater use. 

Probably one of the biggest advantages of using the sevylor quikpak k1 kayak is the quick setup time! It probably has one of if not the quickest setup time for inflatable kayaks because it is a sit on top style kayak which means less surface area needs to be used when inflating the kayak. If you compare it to a similar model such as the Intex K2 or the Intex Explorer those have a longer setup time because of the pure volume of air needed to inflate them. These are also decent solo kayaks thats you can relax on for a casual paddle in calm water conditions.

Another thing I do like is the fact that Coleman (Sevylor) gives you all the accessories needed to get started at very little extra cost. This makes it easier for first-time kayakers to get out on the water without having to worry about buying a paddle, hand pump, repair kit ect. 

Feature Disadvantages:

Probably the biggest disadvantage of the Sevylor Quikpak K1 is it’s on-water performance and the storage space that it possesses. If you are looking for an inflatable kayak that has some on-water performance capabilities, it’s probably best to look elsewhere. We will provide some information about the alternatives below. Don’t get me wrong, if you are looking to have a causal day with your friends floating around then this craft would be good enough choice. However, if you are looking for something that has a bit of paddling performance the K1 isn’t for you. There are a few reasons for this. 

  • It does not have a proper skeg(two smaller ones) 
  • It is lightweight meaning it can be bullied by heavier winds

These two factors make this inflatable kayak hard to paddle in a bit of adversity which can be dangerous if not taken seriously. This is partly due to the smaller skegs on the Sevylor Quikpak K1 kayak that are not large enough to make the kayak truly “track”. Near my place there is a river that is controlled by the tide, I would not dare take this thing out, especially if the tide was coming in. In those conditions, even decent recreational kayaks can have some trouble but with this thing, you will not go anywhere period. 

The second issue is storage space. While the Sevylor Quikpak K1 does have a netted cargo area in the front it would only be sufficient to store maybe a six-pack or beverages at most. There is a bit of area behind the seat but it appears to be uplifted by a bladder meaning it would be hard to balance something on it. 

Pros

  • Lightweight kayak
  • Comes with everything you need to get out on the water including paddle, quickpack, hand pump and backpack
  • Great for a leisurely float
  • Made of Durable Twenty One Gauge PVC Construction
  • Has solid Stability
  • The extra air chambers are a bonus incase one of them bursts

Cons

  • Very Little Performance to this kayak whatsoever
  • The cost for what you get is higher than the higher performance Intex Inflatable Kayaks
  • The Paddle is low quality
  • Not recommended for rougher waters whatsoever
  • Hardly any room for gear or cargo

What Customers Say

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The Positive

The theme with customers that have positive things to say about the Sevylor Quikpak K1  is the fact that it’s very convenient to use and is the perfect starting point for those who are beginners to kayaking. One of the more interesting things I came across from my research is the fact that there seemed to be a general consensus among customers who were self admittedly were bigger people. They all seemed to like how the kayak handled and the fact that they felt super stable while paddling it in the water. They also stated that it is an easier watercraft to board and disembark. So if you are of a heavier build looking to start kayaking this may be a good starter kayak. 

Other customers complimented the K1 Quikpak on its ease of set up. Many stating that it is as easy to use as it is quick to set up. Because hardshell kayaks have a more difficult barrier to entry in terms of price and space needed for them the Quik Pak was great in this aspect. 

Another common theme among customers was that they complimented the stability of the Quikpak K1. many first-timers were comforted by the fact that it felt so stable in the water which gave them the confidence to paddle further offshore.

The Negative

Some of the main complaints directed towards the Coleman Sevylor Quikpak K1 is the fact that the nose would not keep a straight line while paddling. One customer pointed out that despite it having two smaller fins the on-water performance was inferior to the Intex K1 inflatable kayak. The main reason why is because, despite having one skeg, the Intex tracked better due to the fact that it is longer in width. I too can confirm this when paddling on my inflatable board. Without the long tracking skeg, the board is much more sensitive to paddle strokes in the water. As soon as the longer skeg is put on these issues disappear. 

Others have stated that in terms of on-water performance this kayak is relatively slow compared to more expensive inflatable kayaks and hardshell. If you want to go kayaking with a friend that has a hardshell you will most likely have a tough time catching up to them in this kayak. 

A few other customer complaints were directed at the accessories that came with the Sevylor Quikpak K1. A lot of people stated that the paddle is pretty flimsy and has below-average performance in the water. To combat this many customers got a better quality paddle to maneuver the kayak accordingly. 

While many people were quick to compliment the kayak on its quick setup time, others did not appreciate the fact that the kayak is hard to fit back into the backpack after use. This is often a common problem with inflatables so sometimes you just have to use a different bag for it to fit correctly.

Alternatives:

As we stated above the Coleman Sevylor Quikpak K1 is great for convenience and stability but it leaves much to be desired in terms of pure on-water performance which is where this kayak loses a good amount of it’s points. If you are looking for some kayaks that feature better on water performance look no further than some of these. 

Sea Eagle 330

  • My favorite budget inflatable option
  • Sun and saltwater resistant Material
  • Cane Handle a wider variety of conditions
  • One of the longest lasting inflatable kayaks around
  • One of the most durable blow up kayaks
  • Can be used in Class III rapids
  • Raised higher than most kayaks

Intex K1 Challenger

  • Good One Person Kayak Alternative
  • Decent tracking ability thanks to one long skeg
  • Can handle more varieties of water conditions
  • Great price alternative
  • Solid Stability for most sizes of paddlers  
  • Great portability
  • The backing is not as comfortable
  • Lots of Positive Reviews on this Kayak

Intex K2 Explorer

  • Made for 2 medium to large people or 3 with kid
  • Great Family Option
  • Quick Inflation time for a two seater inflatable 
  • Decent Tracking Ability
  • High Maximum Capacity Rating perfect for a family or more
  • Good Visibility in the water, which helps in emergency situations.
  • Offers good Stability in a variety of different conditions

Conclusion

Overall if you are looking for a starter kayak to get you introduced to the sport with 5 minutes setup time, then sevylor quikpak k1 is a great kayak to get. If you are desiring some on-water performance out of the gate, however, its best to look elsewhere like some of the alternatives I’ve listed.  

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