As someone who has spent a lot of time testing and paddling inflatable kayaks I can say with total certainty that not all inflatables are created equal. My own personal choice is the Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks. I own two of them, the Sea Eagle 385 FastTrack and the Sea Eagle 380 Explorer.
Why Use an Inflatable Kayak?
I have kayaked most of my life usually in a traditional hard-shell kayak. I purchased my first inflatable kayak a few years ago for a number of reasons:
Why Did I Buy a Sea Eagle Kayak?
I did a lot of research on inflatable kayaks before I settled on my first Sea Eagle kayak. There are some excellent manufacturers besides Sea Eagle including Advanced Elements, NRS, AIRE, Tributary, Innova and Airis. I looked at and considered each one of these manufacturers carefully.
In the end I chose Sea Eagle for three big reasons:
The bottom line was that although there are more specialized and higher-end models on the market their inflatable kayaks suited all my needs for recreational kayak use and gave me the versatility of using my inflatable kayaks in whitewater as well as on flatwater.
Just recently I have acquired my second Sea Eagle inflatable kayak because they came out with a new faster model that I thought would be ideal for lake and ocean paddling. It has succeeded my expectations and once again I am a thoroughly satisfied customer.
Whichever model and manufacturer you choose to purchase from be sure to read the consumer reviews as they will give you an unbiased report as to the pros and cons of each kayak.