One of the most frustrating aspects of any kayaking trip is unpacking the kayak and packing it back up, to which can be added to inflating and deflating time when you’re using an inflatable kayak. When you are eager to get out on the water, you don’t want to have to wait around inflating the kayak or unpacking everything for an extended period of time.
On the flip side, when you’re tired after hours of kayaking, you don’t want to expend even more energy packing things up again or waiting impatiently for it to finally fully deflate.
That’s one of the great selling points of the Aquaglide Navarro 145 Inflatable Kayak – but does it sink or swim on that point?
Note: As the Aquaglide Navarro 145 kayak is currently unavailable in most online shops, we suggest trying out a bit different, yet inflatable kayak, the Intex Excursion Pro Kayak.
You can check out our full review of the Excursion Pro here.
Features of Aquaglide Navarro 145
Among the most important features offered by the Aquaglide Navarro 145 Inflatable Kayak include:
- 14 ft 5 in.
- 40 lbs
- Double zip-in decks
- Weight capacity of 600 lbs
- Carrying bag
- Two Boston valves on the side chambers and one military valve on the floor
- Quick release fin
- Paddle holders and D-rings for holding gear
- Two adjustable seats
- Foot braces
- Rear storage hatch
- Molded handles
- Repair kit
Now let’s check some major features in more detail.
Here you can check a great overview video by Tsunami Marketing:
One thing to note right off the bat is that this kayak is pretty darn big at 14 ft 5 in. However, while it’s definitely at the far end when it comes to length, it’s also quite lightweight at 27 lbs. This gives the kayak something of a beanpole-like build, being long, skinny, and handling accordingly. While that long, narrow frame means it cuts through the water like butter when it’s at its best, that slender build combined with its lightweight frame can make it hard to steer in rough waters.
Inflation Time and Accessories
This kayak also features a mixture of Boston valves and military valves, which is where it attempts to solve that deflation time conundrum as mentioned above. Rather than simply relying on a standard valve or two, the inclusion of high-quality Boston valves makes this model all the easier to deflate, and easier still given the inclusion of a military valve. While it does not come with a pump, as long as you have one yourself, this model should be easy to inflate and deflate, shaving valuable minutes off your inflation and deflation time. In fact, with a little practice, a few minutes is all it should take.
With paddle holders, D-rings, and a rear storage hatch, you not only have plenty of space in which to store your gear, but choices as to how you want to store it.
The foot braces are a nice touch to add a bit of extra comfort.
The carrying capacity of 600 lbs is also at the high end, and paired with the dual-cockpit design, this is definitely a kayak built for two.
What Do Users Say?
On the whole, users have had positive things to say about this kayak, with most of the attention focused on how well it performs as a two-seat kayak. Kayaking can be at its most fun when others come along for the ride, and it’s rare to find a kayak this big with so much room while still being sleek and easy to carry. This model offers all of that, and users have noticed and responded with glowing praise.
Also winning praise is this model’s portability. The handles, carrying bag, and overall lightweight nature of this kayak make it the rarest of kayaking options, a kayak built for two that doesn’t bust your back while transporting it.
The seats and braces are also a nice touch, adding some much-needed comfort that users have been quick to notice and praise.
However, there is the higher price point for this model. While it’s definitely true that you get what you pay for, and the price here can be seen as indicative of quality to those looking for a kayak with this unique long-and-lightweight shape, it’s probably too steep for most beginners.
Another point of criticism for this model thus far has been the double zip-in decks – namely, that some users haven’t gotten them. It is worth noting that there are single and double zip-in deck varieties available, so it’s always possible people are accidentally ordering the former and not the latter.
No Pump – No Fun
On the other hand, other users have also noted that it doesn’t come with adapters for valves, either, so if your pump isn’t properly fitted to them you’ll need to find an adapter yourself.
However, users have still been thankful for those valves overall, since they’re key to this model’s ability to deflate with ease, making set-up time much shorter.
Pros and Cons
While it definitely has a few downsides to keep in mind for beginners in particular, advanced kayakers and those who are looking to kayak with a partner are bound to like the balance of features offered by the Aquaglide Navarro 145 Inflatable Kayak. As long as you know what kind of kayak it is and you have the extra money and experience necessary to afford it and make it work, it can respond quite well to a dual-paddling effort, making it a favorite among two-person kayaking enthusiasts.
Is Aquaglide Navarro 145 Worth It?
Our rating: 4.4 / 5
This kayak is at the high end both in terms of its length and cost. As long as the latter doesn’t scare you off, the former may be a great asset for those looking for a longer kayak. That’s especially true given its two-person design.
If you are tired of long deflation times, let alone feeling cramped while paddling out with your partner, and want to opt for a kayak that’s longer and more spacious without being too heavy or requiring a long time to set up or store when finished, this unique kayak can tick all those boxes for you.