A new kayak - the Air Traveller 2!
The new Advanced Elements Airtraveller2 tandem kayak as arrived in the UK. There's very little information about this new model on the internet - so here are the first observations.The kayak is supplied with a foam floor, but this kayak will excel if fitted with the high pressure (4 - 6psi) Drop Stitch Floor. It's worth trying the kayak first to see how you get on & if you need more performance, the Drop Stitch Floor or the Backbone can be purchased later.
The Airtraveller2 is perfect if you want a touring kayak that is equally happy paddled tandem as solo.
Paddled solo, you can paddle the Airtraveller2 "open" (no upper deck), or you can zip in the upper deck to provide an enclosed cockpit, with the ability to accept an optional spray skirt. There is loads of storage space both behind the paddler & at the front, beyond the adjustable foot bar, plus plenty of bungee for "on deck" storage.
Paddled tandem, you need to unzip the upper deck & re-position the seats. There is still plenty of leg space for paddlers - easily accommodating my 34" inside leg + size 11 feet! When paddled tandem, below deck storage space is reduced to room for a small dry bag behind the rear paddler, plus storage under the deck bungees & soft items in a dry bag between your knees.
Good to see the usual excellent build quality on this model & use of Advanced Elements' standard "heavy duty" materials that make these kayaks just last & last.
The Airtraveller2 kayak is going to be hugely popular, and might beat the Convertible to be come Vortex's best seller! It's cheaper than the Convertible, lighter, packs away smaller and allows for easier solo paddling. It's available in a blue diamond effect / rip stop fabric - it looks just absolutely fabulous!
John Shipton kindly sent back a trip report back from a paddling trip to Croatia...
Jasper Winn's new book "Water Ways - A thousand miles along Britain's canals" arrived this week!