Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak Reviewed

If you are looking for a great kayaking experience, you might want to consider the Bestway Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak Set. This is a kayak that you will be able to inflate and enjoy on a variety of bodies of water, including lakes, rivers, and oceans. You will be able to have great adventures and explore the water in this. It comes with a paddle, as well as a patch and a pump.

Hydro-Force Cove Champion

You will be able to set it up fairly easily, and it is lightweight as well, which makes the experience easier for many people. The air hammer hand pump will help you inflate it very easily, and it is very comfortable as well.

Note: As the Hydro-Force Cove Champion kayak is currently unavailable in most online shops, we suggest trying out similar inflatable kayak, the Intex Challenger K1 kayak.

You can check out our full review of the K1 here.


The Bestway Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak Set comes with a variety of features that could very well make it the best kayak for many people. Some of these features are as follows:

  • Will comfortably seat one passenger who weighs up to 220 lb
  • Complete kayak set that includes not only the kayak itself but also accessories, such as a double-sided paddle, heavy duty repair patch, and air hammer hand pump
  • Adjustable seats that contains a backrest for extra lumbar support and comfort
  • Comfortable cockpit with an inflatable seat
  • Multiple storage areas for the kayaker to be able to store equipment and necessities
  • Ease of transport, as the kayak is lightweight and compact; additionally, because it is inflatable, you can deflate it and fold it up, which makes it convenient for storage and travel purposes
  • Removable fins, which make it easier to store and will add directional stability while you are on the water
  • Wrap-around grab rope that surrounds the kayak’s exterior, so that you can tie it up and transport it very easily, as well as tie it up to a dock or some other kind of anchored spot
  • Built-in oar clasps
  • Storage cord

Even though this is an inflatable kayak, one great perk is that there are no tools required in order to assemble it. All you need to do is use the hand pump to inflate it, and then you will be out on the water.

Material and Durability

The kayak is made of a sturdy PVC material, which makes it very strong and durable. The inflated walls will be very supportive of you while you are having your kayaking experience. The material will support a significant amount of weight while still continuing to be portable and lightweight for you to be able to transport easily.


The removable fins that you can put on the bottom also allow you to glide through the water easily and quickly. The fin provides directional stability. You can also remove it and put it into a neat and compact fold for storage and travel purposes.


The storage compartments are also a very convenient aspect of this kayak, as they will allow you to tuck away any essential items into convenient compartments.


This particular kayak also contains many additional features that many may find to be helpful. The air hammer pump will give you maximum airflow and will easily be able to switch from inflation to deflation mode. There are also aluminum oars, which are double bladed and lightweight. Additionally, these oars are adjustable, which is convenient for passengers. The quick release valve will guarantee a secure seal, as well as proper PSI and hassle-free take down.

The kayak weighs about 21 pounds, which makes it significantly more lightweight than the majority of kayaks. This is largely because the product is inflatable.

Users’ Experience

Users have many different things to say about this kayak. Overall, the reviews are positive. People say that it is comfortable and will give them a good ride on the water. However, it is a good idea to use the removable fin, so that it will track properly in the water. It is also very convenient, since it does not take up a lot of space during storage. All you need to do is deflated, and you can fit it even in a smaller car without much of a hassle.

Additionally, they say that the directions are easy to follow, and the kayak is easy to inflate. Once it is inflated, it will hold air and not leak. It will float nicely and will be a lot of fun to use in the water.

However, they do say that the sides are two separate chambers, so this can pose a problem in some situations. For example, if one chamber has more air than the other, then it can end up throwing off your balance while you are on the water.

Some people believe that this kayak is not worth the price that they pay for it, as the construction makes it somewhat flimsy. They have experienced a lack of stability on the water, in which they feel as if they are being blown around out of their control. Another complaint was that because of the flimsy construction, the kayak was also easy to pop, particularly if they are in waters with sharp rocks or something else that can end up grazing the kayak.

Pros and Cons


The Bestway Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak Set is like any other product and that it comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Some of the advantages are as follows:

  • Ease of transportation because it is lightweight
  • Ease of storage because it is deflatable
  • User-friendly and comes with all of the materials that you need in order to prepare and use it
  • Comfortable and will give you a nice ride

However, as is the case with any products, there are also disadvantages that come with this kayak. Some of these disadvantages are as follows:

  • Flimsy construction and can pop too easily in some cases
  • The sides are two separate chambers, so you need to make sure to put an equal amount of air in each one, so that this does not throw off your balance while you are kayaking
  • Not very stable on the water, due to flimsy construction and tracking that is not the best


Our rating: 4.2 Star Rating 4.2 / 5

If you are interested in purchasing the Bestway Hydro-Force Cove Champion Inflatable Kayak Set, you will need to do the appropriate research and legwork and see if this is the right kayak for you. If you want something that is inflatable and convenient and will not take up a lot of storage space, this might just be the right kayak for you. However, customers have also reported that it is not very sturdy and the construction is flimsy, which can come with disadvantages of its own. At the end of the day, it is up to you and your personal taste.

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