Driftsun Rover Lightweight Kayak, 8.5-Feet

Last updated: February 10, 2022

Not only is this inflatable kayak made using an attractive orange and gray pattern, but it's also designed for your ultimate comfort. The seats are padded, the back provides excellent support and there's plenty of room for your feet. When it comes to the paddles, they are made out of a durable aluminum and are completely adjustable, so you get the perfect fit.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: With padded seats and high back support, this kayak allows you to remain comfortable while you paddle down the river.

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Driftsun Rover Lightweight Kayak, 8.5-Feet placed 6th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Paddle and Conquer. The Driftsun Rover 120 Single Person Inflatable Kayak is an adventure ready kayak perfect for thrill seekers and casual paddlers alike. This versatile kayak package performs exceptionally well in both rough white water and open flat water. This package combines the highest quality materials, workmanship and top-notch accessories. Driftsun Inflatable Kayaks were born on the lakes and rivers of Northern California. Thoughtfully designed, constructed and tested by a team that lives to paddle.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

A durable kayak and also lightweight. It stays in control in flat and rough water. Paddles are adjustable. It includes a travel bag.
Rocker profile and design can handle Class IV whitewater. 7 self-bailing drain plugs. Removable rear tracking skeg for performance. Removable padded seats with high back support.
At just 28 pounds, this full-sized kayak is ultra-portable and easy to take, store, and use almost anywhere. The rugged layered PVC construction provides excellent durability and protection from impacts and abrasions. The spray skirts, drain holes, rugged hull, and rigid floor make the Driftsun Rover 220 perfect for up to Class IV rapids. The front camera mount is perfect for capturing and sharing your adventures. With plenty of leg room for two adults, and a weight capacity of up to 600 pounds, the Driftsun Rover 220 provides ample room for additional cargo.

What reviewers didn't like

The high sides are not enough to inhibit paddling.
Although the Driftsun Rover 220 has a lot of tie-down points, there isn’t much cargo space. This can be a problem, because securing large items with tie-downs can unbalance the kayak. While unbalanced loads may not be much of a problem in still water, in white water, or when traveling with a child or a pet, and unbalanced load can be more problematic. The Driftsun Rover 220 is on the expensive side for comparable inflatable kayaks. However most inflatables aren’t rugged enough for white water, and don’t have as heavy-duty a weight rating and high-quality materials. If you need a rugged kayak that can handle rough water, the Driftsun Rover 220 is a good investment.
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