AirKayaks.com, an internet-based retailer of inflatable kayaks, paddle boards and paddling gear, today announced the addition of a fourth inflatable model to the popular Advanced Elements DS series* of high pressure kayaks – the AdvancedFrame Sport DS.
Manufactured by Advanced Elements exclusively for AirKayaks.com, the new Sport DS features the same footprint and silhouette as the current low-pressure AE1017 Sport, with upgraded accessories in a Limited Edition blue.
The concept behind the new Sport DS was explained by Chuck Lamb, co-owner AirKayaks, “The AdvancedFrame Sport is a time-proven, excellent-performing kayak with thousands of loyal owners. At 10′ 5″ long, it represents a great balance of size, weight and tracking ability for those that don’t need a lot of “bells and whistles. But, what if you take a great design like the AdvancedFrame Sport, and repackage it with upgraded accessories so that it will have even more universal appeal? That is exactly what we did with the Sport DS.”
The Limited Edition Sport DS Series includes the following accessories (a $284 value) with each kayak:
AEDS High-pressure inflatable 4-6 PSI dropstitch floor for extreme rigidity
AE2011 Double action high-pressure 14 PSI handpump with pressure-gauge
AE2013HB High-back lumbar seat for the ultimate in a comfortable, adjustable back rest.
Carrying case, one year warranty, repair kit and instructions
According to Lamb, “The Sport DS is pretty snappy, maneuverable and paddles well – in short, it’s fun. The enlarged cockpit opening provides easier entry and taller paddlers may be happier as their knees can be bent without hitting the upper deck. It’s an excellent choice for beginners and experienced kayakers alike, looking for a great performing kayak at an economical pricepoint.”
The Sport DS joins the two AdvancedFrame AE1044DS-XL and XLC kayaks as well as the Convertible DS tandem kayak.
The two AdvancedFrame AE1044 DS models are an elongated version of the classic AE1012 AdvancedFrame. The longer, streamlined body – in conjunction with the high pressure floor – provides better tracking and increased glide with minimal increase in weight, as well as being comfortable enough for both taller and smaller paddlers. The kayaks now come standard with an adjustable foot brace.
While the DS-XL cockpit geometry is the same as the standard Advanced Frame, the DS-XLC (Cover) has a removable deck similar to the AE1007 Convertible. This allows you to use the kayak as either a semi-enclosed kayak like the DS-XL or as an open-frame model with easier access and – depending on your preferences – more paddling comfort.
The three kayaks join the popular Convertible DS – a 15 foot inflatable kayak with high pressure floor for solo or tandem paddling. The Convertible DS also comes with two high-back lumbar seats and double action pump with gauge, and is exclusive to AirKayaks. Matching blue single