Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO (AE1042-O) Reviewed

There has long been a debate about whether inflatable kayaks can hold up to the conditions of the water. If you have been looking at kayak models, you have probably wondered about it yourself. Some people claim that inflatable kayaks offer more flotation and portability.

Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO

There are many inflatable kayak models available. One of them is the ADVANCED ELEMENTS AirFusion EVO. So how does this model measure up?


  • Durable aluminum frame
  • Protective storage compartment
  • Easily portable
  • Super-fast tracking
  • Easy to set up
  • Carrying and docking accessories


One of the concerns you might have about inflatable kayaks is that they might not be as durable as hard models But the AirFusion EVO is an inflatable kayak like no other. It uses an aluminum keel frame and high-pressure drop stitch air chambers to create a craft that is lightweight, quick, and ultra-durable. The outer layer is a special polyurethane skin. The EVO’s five air chambers alternate high and low air pressure to provide rigidity and support where most kayaks use hard parts.

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Every kayak needs superior storage The AirFusion Evo kayak comes with a roll-top rear storage access hatch. This is the perfect way to keep your belongings safe while you are on the water while they are also close at hand. This storage compartment is ideal for small equipment like food, water bottles, first aid supplies, sunscreen, and personal belongings.


The AirFusion Evo kayak is more portable than any kayak you have ever used before. At full capacity, it weighs only 32 lbs. You never have to store it on a roof rack. You can carry it anywhere in the included duffel bag. Uninflated, the kayak is small and easy to carry. This makes it perfect for remote trips. You can take it in the trunk of your car or even in airplane luggage. If you do need to carry it while it is inflated, the kayak is outfitted with two comfortable rubber handles for easy portability.

Fast Tracking 

The ADVANCED ELEMENTS AirFusion Evo is extremely durable, but that isn’t the only thing that the superior construction offers. Its V-shape hull and narrow beam make it an extremely fast and light kayak. Users will enjoy superior tracking without a loss of stability. The kayak is 13 ft long with a rigid outer shell, both elements which also improve the tracking abilities. The construction provides the ultimate hydrodynamic surface so you can glide through the water with almost no effort at all.

Easy Setup

You might think that the setup for an inflatable kayak is arduous and frustrating by nature. The AirFusion Evo kayak proves that theory wrong. It is simple and easy to set up. With five separate air chambers, you can inflate each one in just a few moments. With fewer interior frame parts, setup is faster even than comparable inflatable models on the market.


The AirFusion Evo AE1042-O kayak comes with several accessories that provide both convenience and safety.

Duffel bag: The kayak comes with a convenient carrying duffel bag with shoulder straps. This lets users carry it wherever they need to go. It has never been so easy to carry a boat on your back.

Repair kit: This inflatable kayak is super tough, but inflatable models always run a small risk of becoming ripped or punctured on the water. For this reason, the kayak comes with a repair kit. You will never be caught off guard if your kayak is damaged.

Owner’s manual: Every kayak model is different. With more user setup than most models, this kayak has a learning curve. Luckily, the included owner’s manual provides all the insights you need.

Folding inflatable seat: Water excursions can be physically straining, and it is important to have the support you need. The AirFusion Evo kayak comes with a folding inflatable seat that you can blow up separately.

Inflatable skirt: The kayak also comes with an extra inflatable skirt. This provides additional protection while you are navigating choppy or rough waters.

Tie-downs: The kayak comes with several D-ring gear tie downs so that you can secure it to docks and other boats.

What Are Users Saying?

User reviews for the EVO kayak are largely positive, though there are some criticisms. Most users say that the kayak is easy to inflate and highly durable. However, some people say that they experienced problems with ripping or punctures on the underbelly. While the kayak is also stable, some reviewers mention that it is less stable for users who weigh more. To be fair, this is a criticism that applies to many kayak models on the market.


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Another thing to note is that the EVO has a moderate learning curve for the setup. Unlike most kayaks, which are ready to hit the water, this model needs to be inflated. But after a few instances, users will be able to set it up with minimal effort.

Pros And Cons 

There are pros and cons to every kayak model on the market. The AirFusion Evo is no exception. It is up to each user to decide if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages enough to make this the right choice for their needs.

  • Durable construction
  • Super portable
  • Quick inflation
  • V-shape hull provide fast tracking
  • Extra features provide storage, security ties, and comfort options
  • Pump not included
  • Max weight of 235 lbs
  • Does not come with paddle
  • Fewer comfort options than comparable models on the market, such as knee pads

In Conclusion

Our rating: 4.4 Star Rating 4.4 / 5

The Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO is a kayak that proves that inflatable crafts can provide ultimate durability and stability. This model is lightweight and extremely fast in the water due to its V-shape hull and aluminum frame. Users also love the portability, since there is no need to mount the kayak to a roof rack.

There are definite pros and cons to an inflatable kayak model like the EVO. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if it is the right model for your needs out on the water.