Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak

Last updated date: September 11, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

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We looked at the top 1 Kayaks and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including Outdoor Veteran, Waves Champ, Kayaker Guide, Kayak Base, Best Reviews Guide, Outside Pursuits and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Kayak you should buy.

Overall Take

Our Best Value pick stores as a backpack and inflates in moments, so you're river-ready in less than five minutes. It's a beginner-friendly kayak that has plenty of storage space when inflated. The extra storage compartments for hiking gear and food make a great bonus. In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the Sevylor Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Kayak for a detailed review of all the top kayaks.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
97 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Quickpak K5 is easy to set up and can be inflated in as little as five minutes.
- Outdoor Veteran
The packaging of the Coleman K5 is a lot more beginner friendly than a lot of its rivals and that will help you maintain your kayak a lot easier.
- Waves Champ
It has lots of storage space when inflated.
- Kayaker Guide
Quick inflation and deflation thanks to the Double Lock Fast Valves and Mini Double Lock Fast Valves
- Kayak Base
There is a rear zippered storage compartment where you can pack food and misc gear plus the front of the kayak has plenty of room to lash down gear with the bungee cords.
- Outside Pursuits
Inflating and deflating is straightforward, and the valves use high-quality locking points.
- Kayak Help
What experts didn't like
The paddle that comes with the boat is a flimsy three-piece. Get a two-piece if you’re primarily transporting it by car, and if using public transportation, pick up a three- or four-piece of higher quality than the one that ships with it.
- Outdoor Veteran
The only thing I really need to point out is that you should not expect to ride like a pro at first but the more you acquire the skills needed for this sport, the better you’ll be able to handle this kayak.
- Waves Champ
The main complaints are not with the kayak itself, but with the accessories. Owners reported that the included paddle is of very low quality, and in fact some reported that the paddle broke while they were on the water. A couple of owners complained that the paddle is too short. Buying a longer, sturdier paddle solved this problem.
- Kayaker Guide
Stability issue on choppy waters. Please note that this kayak works great on most lakes, but for rapid water, this is not a good choice. If you use this one choppy water, you will see a poor stability.
- Kayak Base
The only real knock, is the included 2 piece aluminum paddle has been reported to break easily, so purchasing a better quality paddle might be a good idea.
- Outside Pursuits
Instructions can be confusing.
- Kayak Help

From The Manufacturer

Hit the water in as little as five minutes with the Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak, where getting to your next trek is as easy as backpack - unpack - kayak. The innovative backpack system carries everything you need to get going and ultimately folds out into your kayak's seat. The 24-gauge PVC construction, rugged tarpaulin bottom and thick polyester cover easily handle the rigors of the lake. Just in case you do hit a snag, the multiple air chambers will help you get back to shore. Spray covers help keep you dry from splashed water. The D-Rings and bungee storage areas let you carry more gear on your trip that's easily accessible.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
5. SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba 10-Foot Sit-in Kayak
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100 Fishing Kayak
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Lifetime Youth Wave Kayak Paddle
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba SS Sit-in Kayak
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Kayaks

Kayaking is a great all-around workout for anyone who loves spending time on the water. Since you have to stay upright and shift your body weight to make turns, kayaking can improve your balance and core strength. You’ll also get a back and arm workout from navigating with your paddles — and you’ll never have to set foot inside of a gym.

Many people think of whitewater rapids and intense trips down speeding rivers when they hear the word “kayak.” In reality, the sport is accessible to everyone, including recreational wave riders and fishermen.

There are two major categories of kayaks: sit-on-tops and sit-ins. Sit-on-tops, like the Ocean Kayak Malibu, are recreational kayaks that work well in lakes and calm rivers. They’re easy to get on, comfortable in warm weather and self-draining. Some sit-on-tops, like the Ocean Kayak Prowler, have features like rod holders for fishing.

Sit-in kayaks, like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak, are quick-moving boats that you sit inside of as you paddle. Since you can shift your weight to help you steer, they’re a little more efficient and easier to control than sit-on kayaks. Sit-in kayaks will also keep you warmer during chilly weather. However, you’ll have to make sure that your sit-in kayak has a drain or built-in pump to remove water.

Many kayaks are designed for just one rider. The Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak is a sit-in kayak that’s perfect for sportsmen or recreational riders. For those times when two is better than one, Ocean Kayak’s Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak has enough room for you and a friend to explore the water. There’s even a little extra room for your favorite mutt.  

Fishing kayaks are generally narrower, making it easier to maneuver into tight spaces when you’re on the hunt for your next big catch. The Ocean Kayak Prowler is a slim 28 inches. It also comes in a brown camo shade that’s perfect for blending in with the trees and plants around your fish. You don’t have to sacrifice storage in this kayak’s sleek shape: The Click Seal front hatch offers easy access to bow-to-stern internal storage.

Kayaking can be a great add-on to an outdoor hiking or camping adventure, but lugging a kayak around can limit your explorations. You can carry Sevylor’s Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak as a backpack with two paddle slots on each side, and then set it up in five minutes when you find that perfect spot on the river. The rugged construction is perfect for rigorous lakes, D-rings and bungee storage help you carry more gear for more fun.

There are still other considerations to make once you’ve decided what general type of kayak you’d like to buy. Our Tips & Advice will help you iron out the details so you can start paddling.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first kayaks weren’t used for recreation — they were used to help their owners survive. The Inuit and Aleut people of Arctic North America started building their own kayaks to hunt in frigid coastal waters like the Arctic, North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.

First, they’d create a wood or whalebone frame that was large enough to hold the kayaker and balanced enough to remain stable in unpredictable currents. They’d use their own arm lengths to determine the correct frame size. Then they’d stretch hearty animal skins, like stitched seal skins, over the frame. The kayak’s paddles were shaped from driftwood.

Today, most kayaks are made in factories in less than a week. We don’t rely on kayaks to feed ourselves anymore, but being on the water is a much-needed escape back to nature.

The Kayak Buying Guide

  • What are you going to use your kayak for? If you’re interested in casual use for a lakeside vacation home or for your kids, a sit-on-top kayak like Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak is a top choice. Kayakers who want a swift solo vessel should check out a lightweight, sit-in option like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak. Fishing fanatics will benefit from a kayak that can store tackle boxes, bait wells and fishing rods, like the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak.
  • If you plan on taking to the water every weekend, paying for a top-notch choice like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak isn’t a big deal. However, if you’ll only use your kayak every once in a while, Sevylor’s Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak is an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on quality.
  • Kayaking isn’t only about your kayak. You’ll need additional safety equipment if you want to take on rivers, lakes and streams. A Coast Guard-approved life jacket, sun-shielding hats and sunscreen, neoprene footwear and swimwear are all essentials. Many beginner kayakers also choose to wear helmets.
  • You won’t get very far in your kayak if you don’t choose the right paddles. Your own height and your boat’s width will determine the length of your paddles, and paddle weight is also important. Lighter paddles made of carbon-fiber or fiberglass will reduce fatigue, but they’re pricier than plastic or nylon paddles. You can also choose from a variety of shaft shapes, and you can pick from two or four-piece shafts that break down for storage.
  • Make sure you have a safe place to store your kayak when it’s not in use. You can just roll up inflatable kayaks, like the Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak, and store them in a cool, dry place. Hard-shell kayaks, like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak, should preferably be stored indoors. However, if you have to keep your hard-shell kayak outside, find a place that limits your kayak’s exposure to sunlight, moisture and extreme temperatures.
  • Keep your kayak clean for optimal performance and a fresh look whenever you hit the water. You can use special kayak soap or mild soap and water to keep the inside and outside of your boat in tip-top shape. Make sure to give your entire kayak a thorough rinse if you’ve paddled through brackish water or frequently travel through salt water.