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Steam ST-312 Inflatable Kayak

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There is a lot of good to say…

Submitted by: JEREMYG on 8/11/2020

There is a lot of good to say about this kayak! I really enjoy it so far....

Pros

  • very light 25 pounds (11.5 k),
  • easy to carry (inflated or not),
  • stable,
  • comes with 2 fins for tracking,
  • the seams look nicely done,
  • nice solid floor (drop-stitched),
  • fills very quickly with electric or hand pump (I've done both),
  • bow design is raised nicely in the profile,
  • the dry-ish bag it comes with stores nicely in the stern (not a real dry bag, but solid addition),
  • tracks pretty well despite short length,
  • turns on a dime (which is fun),
  • doesn't blow around too much (with fins installed),
  • grab handles bow and stern,
  • has bungees in back and ropes in the bow which are helpful for self-rescue,
  • adjustible footrest is good,
  • the pump it comes with is solid,
  • pretty quick to paddle as inflatables go,
  • it's nice having all the drain holes (8 mid and one stern),
  • looks cool.

In terms of the cost, it's about right with a few notes below.

Cons

Seating is subjective, for sure, but the seat is a bit flimsy for the price (and careful to keep the seat's forward higher clasps attached forward and the lower seat clasps attached aft). I will probaby add something for lumbar support.

I have had an Advanced Elements inflatable in the past & currently own a Sevylor Big Basin (both with better seats, I reckon)--I have a normal kayak too with solid seats.

Because it is so light, the tracking isn't as good as a 12 ft or longer inflatable, but pretty good.

Because of light weight, it's hard to stop and rest without the current spinning you around.

Mine arrived without the 2 fins--there are none in North America now, but I got them expedited from China. I have used the boat with and without fins. It tracks so much better with them attached. It's fun without the fins, but without, it's just for paddling around a little swimming area with kids and such.

Because it is so light, it is a bit harder to self-rescue, but because they have bungee cords and ropes in the bow and stern, that's smart design.

The pictures online were not standard when I bought my boat. The Cdn Aqua Marina site and the Ebay site where I bought it showed a different seat than what I received, but the American Aqua Marina site had the current seat updated at the time of purchase. I suspect that the seat for the last iteration of this boat, the Betta K-1 formerly, had a more sturdy inflatable seat, and probably was better than the new edition, which is a shame. The current, cheaper Betta 1 which is now green vs. red, has the inflatable seat, which looks like a better seat than the more expensive Steam St-312.

The carry bag is flimsy, which is not really great, I don't think. For the price of the boat, I would expect a hardier carry bag.

Overall, I really really like the boat.