Intex K1 challenger

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

Intex K1 challenger
Intex K1 challenger

This Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review is based on an amazing inflatable kayak which is constructed of very durable materials.  It has graphics that are eye-catching to add to the safety.  This craft is fully streamlined as it easily glides on the water.  It is made for comfort and plenty of space.  On my last trip down the Guadalupe River, I used this Kayak and it was superb.  It was everything I could want in a Kayak.

Solo or Tandem?

The  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is for solo use.  For added comfort and rigidity with an inflatable seat, backrest, and floor.


The maximum capacity for weight that the kayak can hold is 220 pounds. That is a good balance for individuals who are physically fit.  It is spacious and roomy which is important if you are going down the river or floating on the lake.


It weighs 27.2 pounds, it is easy for an adult male or female to carry.  This makes the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak very portable and that is important when you are packing gear for a trip to the river or on the lake.


The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak measures at 30 x 15 x 108 (Width x Height x Depth).  It is easily deflatable and it will fit into a 2 x 2 bag and goes right into any trunk or cargo space without taking up much room at all.

Kayak Material

The  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is comprised of 22 ga (0.56 mm) PVC vinyl material that is very thick.  This material is highly durable and it is built to last.  This is important if you are new to the sport and don’t want to invest a lot of money repeatedly buying an inflatable kayak.  It comes with a repair kit and a patch, so it can easily be repaired if you are in action.

Assembles and inflated time

It comes with an hand pump that allows you to easily inflate it with a little bit if physical exertion.  You would be better served to invest in an electric pump because it makes it easier to inflate in just a few minutes.  It is important to make sure when you use the electric pump that you don’t over inflate the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak.  It’s simple to just use your common sense when you are inflating your kayak.

Type of water it is best suited for

The  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is suitable for Class I or II waters.  It works best on lakes or rivers.  On the water you will feel absolutely safe due to its superb maneuverability as well as the paddling and stability being top notch.

Accessories Included

The accessories included with the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak are a fully inflatable seat, paddle, foot rest, pump, repair kit, and case to carry it in for easy transport.

Additional Features

There are several different features available with the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak.  For higher viability it has very sporty graphics.  The lower profile design is just perfect for mild rivers and lakes.  The cockpit is extra comfortable so it is easy to enter and exit.  It is constructed with five different air chambers so that it will keep floating even if one of the chambers happens to get punctured.

Intex K1 challenger
Intex K1 challenger


First of all this Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is RWTUV approved.  It is extremely well made and durable.  Paddlers can gain added peace of mind due to the thick material used, with multiple air chamber and reinforced seams.  In the area of value this is where this kayak really shines.  If you are working with a tighter budget, this fully inflatable kayak will be exactly what you want without crashing your budget.


There are a few cons you may experience when purchasing the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak.  The seams tend to stick out and are not flush around the rim.  In some cases the seam will create a sharp edge that can rub along the body of the paddler, causing discomfort.  Another con is that the paddle isn’t adjustable.  While it is coated in rubber, which allows for a comfortable grip. However, women may benefit from a paddle that is adjustable because if you have small hands they may not fit comfortably on the grip.

Consumer Ratings

The average consumer ratings place the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak at a 3 out of 5.


When it comes to price the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is definitely a winner!  You can find them anywhere from $80 to $180 and that should easily fit into your budget.  If you are looking for handiness, good performance, and plenty of features, the  Intex Challenger K1 Kayak definitely has it all.  You have everything you need to have a very enjoyable ride.

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