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Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO Inflatable Hi-Pressure Kayak - AE1042


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In stock! New drop-stitch, high-pressure inflatable touring kayak model with storage hatch.

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The new Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO high-pressure inflatable kayak takes the award-winning design of the original AirFusion to the next level - upgraded with rigid, 6-10 PSI dropstitch technology.

A unique fusion of aluminum alloy frame poles and high-pressure, dropstitch air tubes, results in a high-performance, rigid frame system which rivals the handling and speed of skin-on-frame kayaks.

Drop-stitch (DS) material is the same used in the inflatable paddle board market, where thousands of threads string the top and bottom panels together, allowing it to be pumped up to higher pressures, thus making it more rigid.

The outer shell is now constructed from a polyurethane tarpaulin, which – in conjunction with the DS side chambers – gives a smoother finish, increased rigidity and a more hydrodynamic outline.

By utilizing dropstitch material on the side chambers, the Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO sports a narrower, 24-inch profile without decreasing stability or interior width. The AirFusion EVO still features three aluminum ribs on the floor and under the hull, providing a sculpted look as well as a v-shaped keel, which aids in slicing through the water.

The new AirFusion EVO high-pressure inflatable kayak features a streamlined set up procedure with fewer chambers, allowing one to get out on the water quickly. The EVO is constructed with six inflation chambers (two side chambers, booster seat, two thwarts and the coaming tube) versus four side chambers in the previous model.  The DS tubes are removable, allowing one to replace just a part – rather than the entire kayak shell – if ever needed.

An integrated rear storage hatch for easy access to gear while on the water, while the extra “DS booster” chamber on the seat base, keeps one off the floor.

Other features incorporated from the prior models include a foam floor, integrated storage hatch, bungee deck lacing, coaming tube for attaching a skirt, two landing plates, a lower seat back and the ability to use an optional tracking fin.


  • Bungee deck lacing with d-rings
  • Easy to set up.
  • High-pressure dropstitch technology
  • Rugged polyurethane tarpaulin shell for extreme puncture resistance
  • Narrow beam design paddles like a rigid hard-shell kayak.
  • Inflatable coaming for attaching optional spray skirt
  • Storage access hatch
  • Comfortable seat with inflatable base for higher and drier seating
  • Six inflation chambers - two side chambers, booster seat, two thwarts and coaming tube
  • Rubber molded handles
  • Includes duffel carry bag/backpack, seat, repair kit, owner's manual.


  • Length – 13 feet
  • Width – 24 inches
  • Weight – 32 lbs.
  • Carrying capacity – 235 lbs
  • Folded size – 35 x 21 x 9 inches
  • Inflation Chambers – 6 including the seat base.


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Kayak Only:
Comes with carrying case, seat, repair kit & instructions. #AE1042
Basic System:
Bundles in a 4pc Cannon Cascade 230cm breakdown paddle and double action hand pump. #AE1042-SB
Deluxe System:
Bundles in a 4pc Cannon Cascade 230cm breakdown paddle, double action hand pump and AE2026 Packlite Spray Skirt. #AE1042-SD
Ultra System:
Bundles in a 4pc Cannon Cascade 230cm breakdown paddle, double action hand pump and AE2026 Packlite Spray Skirt and AE4002 Tracking Fin/Skeg. #AE1042-SU
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AirKayaks.com: AirFusion EVO Hi-Pressure Inflatable Kayak from Advanced Elements (03:47)

The AirFusion EVO, Advanced Element's first all-dropstitch, high pressure inflatable touring kayak. Compact and lightweight, the 32 lb EVO features aluminum alloy poles, 6-8 PSI main tubes and a narrower 24 inch beam, resulting in a rigid system that paddles well, glides smoothly, and handles waves/chop with ease. The rugged, hydrodynamic skin sheds water easily while built-in sleeves, printed alignment lines and the pole shock-cord system simplify assembly. Integrated storage makes it a great choice for extended explorations. With the compact size and included backpack, the EVO becomes highly portable, easily fitting in the trunk of a car, perfect for globetrotting air travellers interested in paddling performance. At AirKayaks, we’re always happy to answer any questions. Email us at info@airkayaks.com or give us a call at 707-998-0135. See all our inflatable kayaks, paddle boards and paddling gear at AirKayaks.com.


There are 1 review(s) for this product

  • Awesome Kayak

    by Thomas T. – 4th Aug 2019

    This kayak is a great combination of performance, ease of set up, and price. I have long paddled a Feathercraft Kahuna skin in frame folding kayak, but the set up was tedious. Feathercraft then came out with the Aironaut inflatable which solved the set up problem and handled well in the water; unfortunately that company has gone out of business. The Airfusion EVO has thankfully arrived to fill the void. I highly recommend this boat

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