Advanced Elements AF Expedition Elite

2017 gear preview: An inflatable kayak that pushes the limits of pump-up performance

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Advanced Elements AF Expedition Elite

($850; advancedelements.com)

The AdvancedFrame Expedition Elite is the natural evolution of inflatable kayaks. A hybrid of a folding frame kayak and an inflatable kayak, the Expedition incorporates Advanced Elements' proven aluminum rib-frame technology in the bow and stern, as well as drop-stitch technology in the floor, to provide paddling performance that rivals that of a hard-shell kayak. The design combines the two technologies to deliver optimal paddling performance: the aluminum ribs form a sleek hull profile that cuts through the water, while the drop-stitch floor provides hull chine and unparalleled rigidity in an inflatable. At 13 feet long with plenty of storage space, the Expedition Elite is ready for any adventure.

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