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The most popular kayak on Amazon is inflatable — and it's down to $90 (nearly 50% off)

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We can probably all agree that few things are as relaxing as a lazy day spent at the lake. When it involves a leisurely boat ride? Even better! If you've always dreamed of having your own kayak but didn't think you had the room or budget for one, Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Intex Challenger K1 Kayak — which has over 20,000 perfect ratings — is inflatable, meaning it'll take up hardly any storage space. And right now, it's on sale for just $90 (down from $170) — that's nearly 50% off. While you're at it, be sure to check out these Intex inflatable air mattresses on sale for up to 35% off as well. Happy savings!

This inflatable kayak fits into a compact storage bag when not in use and comes with an oar and hand pump.
$90 at Amazon

Kayaking is the perfect low-key water activity, but traditional rigid models require a good deal of storage space, have to be mounted onto your car for transit and can cost a pretty penny. For those of us who don't want a seasonal water vessel taking up precious room in our garages — or would rather not spend a lot of cash — the Intex inflatable kayak is an ideal alternative.

For starters, it weighs just over 27 pounds and folds down to fit inside a compact carrying case when not in use. You can't get more portable than that. Plus, it's sturdy, welded vinyl construction can hold up to 220 pounds, though repair patches are included in case something sharp strikes the material. A panel of netting at the front provides a convenient place for storing gear.

You might be wondering if filling up this boat with air is a pain in the neck. Not so! It comes with a hand pump for easy inflation, as well as an oar so you don't have to purchase one separately. The removable skeg helps with navigation — all you have to do is snap it into place when you're ready to ride. Oh, and as far as comfort is concerned, the seat in its roomy cockpit even has a backrest to offer support while you paddle.

If you're still wondering whether the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is the one for you, keep reading to see why some of its thousands of five-star reviewers say it's worth the investment.

person rowing in the inflatable kayak
This No. 1 bestselling inflatable kayak has over 20,000 perfect ratings. (Photo: Amazon)

"I finally got this baby out on the water recently and am very pleased with it!" raved one fan. "It was super easy to inflate with the pump that came with it, stayed perfectly inflated and was comfortable to sit in. I liked the little foot rest, as I am a very short person, and the back rest was great! The paddle was nice, and despite my flailing (because that was my first time), I was able to maneuver it pretty decently — especially considering a storm started and the wind picked up like crazy as we paddled our way back to shore. I can't wait to take it out again and chill on the lake with all the cool people this summer!"

Another happy reviewer was amazed by the quality of the kayak. "If I could give six stars, I would!" they said. "As soon as we got to the lake, I unfolded it, blew it up, snapped together the paddle and took it for a spin. The quality is impeccable. It maneuvers through the water splendidly, and even bumping up against the rocky shore didn't faze the heavy-duty material it is constructed from. Another plus — it didn't flip over once, even with my rough-and-tumble sons at the helm. This will no doubt last a long time, and it will be making countless trips to the local small lake near my home all summer long. I. Love. This. Thing!"

According to this customer, kayak novices are in luck: "Great for beginners!" they said. "I've always wanted to try kayaking [but] I simply couldn't justify purchasing a $300+ kayak because I'd be too afraid of ripping it. ... So I ended up going with the Intex Challenger K1 because of the low price and mostly positive reviews. I can happily report that I've now taken the Challenger K1 out on the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and it has held up like a champ. ... I was worried that since I'm a bigger fellow, 6'3" and 210 lbs, that the boat might sink, [but] no issues. ... One feature I love is the cargo net at the front. I'm easily able to store my bags, shoes and other stuff in the net and keep them fairly dry. Highly recommended, especially for kayaking noobs out there like me!"

At just $90, the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak more than pays for itself when you consider how much fun you'll have taking it for a spin this season — but you'll want to hurry while it's still on sale. Here's to a smooth-sailing summer!

"It was super easy to inflate with the pump that came with it, stayed perfectly inflated and was comfortable to sit in," raved one happy shopper.
$90 at Amazon

Psst: Don't forget to check out these Intex inflatable air mattress deals!

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and this kid-size inflatable air mattress is the perfect thing to have on hand for sleepovers — or even travel! It folds down to fit in a compact bag and is ideal for kids ages 3-10.
$12 at Amazon
This highly rated air mattress comes in three sizes and three heights and has a handy built-in pump that takes just three minutes to inflate. Plus, it has a cushy pillow top and is sturdy enough to hold up to 300 pounds.
$49 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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