9 Best Inflatable Kayaks & Rafts For Whitewater For 2021

Paddling Buyer’s Guide

Discover some of the year’s best inflatable whitewater kayaks and rafts from Advanced Elements, AIRE, Cronin and Kokopelli. Perfect for day trips and whitewater, each of these boats boasts comfort, versatility and efficiency. Grab one of these boats and get on the water.

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Attack PRO Whitewater Kayak by Advanced Elements 

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Price: $699.99
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Fully upgraded with drop stitch technology, take on the roughest conditions in the Attack Pro Whitewater Kayak by Advanced Elements. With 12 inches of rocker, a wide stance, and a 9.5-inch tube diameter, this self-bailer is stable, responsive and made for whitewater.

Featuring thigh straps, a high-back seat and adjustable foot pegs, it weighs in at only 25 pounds, making it light enough for longer portages. It is a blast on the water.

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Cub from AIRE

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Price: $2,999
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Built to be the ultimate river playboat, the Cub from AIRE, at 10 feet and five inches, is a sporty and nimble raft. Accommodating a two- to three-person paddle team for high-adrenaline technical water, this rowdy little raft is sure to be an exciting ride.

Read Paddling Magazine‘s full review of the AIRE Cub. View all AIRE whitewater rafts.

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Price: $1,649
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A bruiser in big water with large tube diameters, extra width, and low seat position make the Outfitter AIRE‘s most stable and forgiving whitewater kayak. It plows through whitewater and is perfect for novice kayakers just getting a feel for the sport or the big water experts who need a beefy boat. Ideal for adventurous day outings or packing in gear for overnight river trips.

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Price: $719
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Priced right and built to last, AIRE‘s Tomcat Solo is a fun, stable kayak for paddlers just exploring the whitewater world. With vinyl bladders and a rugged PVC outer shell, this durable little inflatable will continue to be a reliable boat as your skills improve. A comfortable inflatable seat comes standard. Also offered in a tandem option to tackle whitewater with a friend.

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Price: $4,899
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The 146DD is the newest size in AIRE‘s Double D raft series. This roomy ride can comfortably accommodate a six-person paddle team with a guide in the back and is perfectly suitable for rowing expeditions. If you are looking for a fun paddle raft that can also handle overnight trips, look no further.

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Price: $1,649
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The BAKraft Hybrid is the lightest self-bailing packraft of its kind. Designed with a Vectran fabric shell and a urethane AIREcell, AIRE has created a lightweight, packable boat with superior air retention and simplified in-field repairs. At seven feet this versatile packraft is perfect for any packrafting enthusiast and for the laidback day hiker. AIRE also offers a 10-foot option called the BAKraft Expedition.

Watch Paddling Magazine‘s video review of BAKraft Hybrid specs and features. View all AIRE inflatable whitewater kayaks.

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Price: $419
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Built with stability in mind, the Spud from AIRE is a great choice for introducing kids to whitewater. It is lightweight, short and stable, providing a great feel for running waves, punching holes and crossing eddy lines. With its wider dimensions, adults can enjoy a wild, playful boat as well.

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Ugly Ducky from Cronin Inflatables

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Price: $1,100-$1,150
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The Ugly Ducky is a unique personal inflatable. Ready to tackle the steepest creeks or carry large loads, and equally capable in big and low water.

Built to increase the confidence of the paddler through stability and ease of navigation in whitewater, this is the perfect boat for commercial customers or experts looking to push their personal limits.

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Price: $900
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The Kokopelli Recon is not your traditional packraft. Engineered from Kokopelli’s toughest reinforced PVC material, the Recon is perfect for road-to-river whitewater and after-work laps. With the exact same shape and design as their original Whitewater Series Nirvanas, the Recon is self-bailing and weighs in at 18 pounds.

Watch Paddling Magazine‘s video walk-through of Recon specs and features. View all Kokopelli Packraft inflatable whitewater kayaks.

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