I am searching for a portable kayak to be used in future hiking / paddling trips.
This is not the one.
But it is cool. Norwegian design, it’s already proven it’s speed advantage in race conditions.
Twin hydrofoils are designed to raise the hull clear of the water and increase the speed.
Flyak – Wikipedia
Update: I happened to chat with an owner of a transparent kayak I met on the road. He loves his new toy, announcing it “bulletproof”. The only problem is the thing sinks in water if capsized. The flotation pads are essential.
Transparent Canoe-Kayak at Hammacher Schlemmer
Folding Kayaks – Outdoor Gear Advice | Outside Online
Folding kayaks can go in just about any water you can find…. Like all kayaks they come in many shapes and sizes, with many of them absolutely as seaworthy (some argue more so) than their rigid-hull counterparts. Many people love their folding boats because they can go literally anywhere. Take one to Europe to explore canals, for instance, or to the South Seas and paddle from island to island. Many travelers can easily handle a backpack and a folding kayak on their tripâ€”that’s only two pieces of luggage, you lazy, ounce-counting slackers!
Before purchasing, you’ll need to think about your own needs and the type of boating you want to do. One very popular boat, for instance, is the Folbot Aleut ($1,480; http://www.folbot.com), a compact little 12-footer with some forgiving habits.
Although a little pokey, it’s a very beamy boat, so you can easily pack gear for trips up to a week long. That beaminess also makes the Aleut very stable.
Then there’s the Klepper Aerius ($2,458, including shipping; http://www.klepper.com), perhaps the classic folding kayak. It’s a big boat that can handle loads of gear for long trips (payload, in fact, is a whopping 570 pounds!). And, it can easily handle rough, open water. Faster than the Aleut, but still compact enoughâ€”at 60 pounds packed weightâ€”to make a good travel-along boat.
Or there’s the Feathercraft Wisper ($2,812; http://www.feathercraft.com), which is similar in length yet narrower than the Aerius. Its materials (aluminum frame, lightweight skin) cut the weight to under 40 poundsâ€”not bad for a big boat! It’ll hold a paddler and gear for long weekends or more, so while not cheap, it’s an excellent investment if you plan to be spending a lot of time traveling and paddling with one of these craft.
If you can, always try to test out a kayak before buying. Remember, you don’t climb into a kayakâ€”you more or less put it on. So fit is important.
Any other recommendations? Inflatable kayaks, for example?
I want to do this!
4-days helicopter supported bike, swim, sail, kayak, hike, bike, raft, Cessna, sail.
The guides calls it only “The Adventure”.
Journeys at the Edge “The Adventure”.
There is no hiker more famous than Ray Jardine. He is often credited with igniting the light weight hiking revolution.
Jardine championed hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail using only lightweight gear.
He replaced tent with a tarp & sleeping bag with a quilt. He advises that we make & modify our own gear.
His controversial book Beyond Backpacking (1999) is now the Bible for many thru-hikers.
In his spare time, Jardine rowed across the Atlantic, kayaked to the Arctic Ocean, cycled across America twice, and canoed the sub-Arctic wilderness.
Oh, and he invented the “Friend” used by all elite rock climbers.
Check Ray Jardine’s eclectic website.