Folding kayaks are an adventurer's dream. They pack up into your car, can be assembled, in some cases, in approximately 15 minutes, and function like a regular kayak. There is a folding kayak for almost every situation, from lakeside lounging to sea touring to white water. Depending on your preferences, your experience and your budget, you can find a quality folding kayak from a variety of manufacturers.
Feathercraft is a trusted brand with a plethora of folding kayak options. If you are looking to make a multi-day trip to remote places, the Wisper might be your best single craft option. According Folding Kayak Adventures' Lyle Hancock, the Wisper has improved upon the company's popular Kahuna model. Hancock states the Wisper is faster and more maneuverable than the Kahuna, with sea-worthy stability. Despite being so steady on the water, he claims you can still easily perform an Eskimo roll. The boat is 15 feet, 7 inches in length with its cross ribs composed of high-density polyethylene. It is available in a lighter weight, 33 lbs., or the standard skin weight of 37.5 lbs. It also comes with a spray skirt, strap-on skeg, stern hatch and cockpit thigh bracing bars that all fit in a durable backpack.
In the folding kayak business since 1933, Folbot created the Cooper with speed and maneuverability in mind. Its most popular boat, the Cooper has, according to the company website, the body of a supermodel and the heart of an athlete. Slim and svelte, it is only 16 feet, 6 inches long and 24 inches wide. Foldingkayaks.org states that it is possibly the lightest performance folding kayak available; it accelerates well and tracks fast. Made with a skin-tensioning system, the whole frame is snapped together outside the skin for easy assembly. Designed for oceans, lakes and flat-water rivers, it folds up into a backpack or suitcase.
Klepper Aeuris II
If you are in the market for a double boat for a month long expedition, the Klepper Aerius II is a natural choice. The oldest design on the market, this craft was rated the most sea-worthy on foldingkayaks.org. At 17 feet long and 36 inches wide, it was designed to handle two people with payload, or gear weight. You can attach a sail as well as adjust the boat for single use. The website states that unless you are a large paddler, the boat is not necessarily easy to maneuver as a single. Once you get the hang of it, this boat can be assembled in approximately 15 minutes.