Rating (Out of 5): 5.0

Price: $1,700 to $2,000

Review: SOTAR has a reputation for building the best rafts that money can buy, so it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that they’d do the same for inflatable kayaks.

There are a number of reasons why inflatable kayaks are a good choice for boaters, and you can read about those reasons here.

But in a nutshell, what a boat like the Liquid SL provides is a chance for kayakers with less experience, or kayakers uncomfortable with hard-shell boats, to shoot large, technical whitewater. Inflatable kayaks are more beginner friendly because they’re more stable and don’t require the boater to roll. They’re often more comfortable than hard-shell boats as well, and allow you to lay in the sunshine at slow moments on the water.

The SOTAR Liquid SL is probably the best inflatable kayak on the market. Here are a few reasons why.

First, the kayak has very strong tracking ability — meaning, it maneuvers very well through the water. One major downside for IKs in general — as compared to hard-shell boats — is that they’re more difficult to control and use to find that perfect line through the whitewater. The Liquid SL doesn’t track as well as a hard-shell boat, of course, but it comes about as close as any on the market.

A second reason the Liquid SL is such a good buy is that it’s made of very tough material. You can use it on boney winter creeks and never worry about puncturing a hole.

Finally, the extras on the boat all work well. There’s aluminum foot braces and thigh straps that work wonders at keeping you attached to the boat in serious whitewater, and the company even custom designs the boat to a person’s exact specifications.

The SOTAR Liquid SL rides smoothly, is tough, can handle big whitewater and generally rides like the Ferrari of inflatable kayaks.

Buy the SOTAR Liquid SL here.

Review by Zach Urness

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