Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review

The Intex Challenger K1 is a great kayak for a beginner or for someone that just wants to try kayaking.  It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but for a starter kayak, it works just fine.  You won’t find a better quality kayak more affordable than the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak.   Intex also makes a tandem version of this kayak called the Intex Challenger K2.


  • One-person kayak with low profile design
  • Cargo net to store extra gear
  • Grab line on both ends of kayak
  • Two separate air chambers
  • Inflatable floor for comfort and rigidity
  • Inflatable seat with backrest
  • Made with vinyl which is puncture and UV damage proof
  • Comes with 84-inch aluminum oar, high-output hand pump, and repair patch

Specifications of the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak

Challenger K19'30"23.9 lbs220 lbs


  • Affordable.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Inflates quickly and easily with the pump provided.
  • Plenty of storage! The bungee cord storage area up front is great for a water bottle, sandals, spare paddle, etc. Plus you can find additional storage space behind the seat.
  • Tracks well for an inflatable kayak.


  • Really suited only for lakes and slow moving rivers.
  • Fishing gear is not included, you would need to purchase it separately.
  • You may need to buy a separate paddle as the one provided is not the best.

Summary – 3.5/5

The Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is a great beginner kayak because it is so affordable.  If you are debating about whether to buy a kayak, you can start with an Intex inflatable kayak like this one and see how much you use it.  If you are serious about kayaking and plan on using your kayak a lot, you may want to upgrade to a kayak that is more durable and has more features.

For more information on other inflatable kayaks that I recommend, you can check out my post on the best inflatable kayaks.

For more information on other fishing kayaks that I recommend, you can check out my post on the best fishing kayaks.

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