Inflatable Kayak Review – Innova Helios
By Sabrina Marx
Hello fellow paddlers, it is I, Sabrina Marx coming to you with another fabulous summary review. Today we are going to explore the pluses and minuses of the Innova Helios I and II. For those of you that are not familiar with these kayaks, the Helios I is an inflatable kayak made just for one and the Helios II is a tandem kayak, meaning it is a “kayak built for two”.
I was thrilled to find lots of reviews for both these kayaks. Since they are so similar, I decided to combine both versions in this review. So without further ado, let us proceed with my famous list.
Innova Helios Inflatable Kayak “Plus List“:
Helios I is one of the lightest kayaks from Innova at an easy carrying load 24lbs
Helios II weighs in at 33lbs and gives you a snuggly fit and feel
Both kayaks are very stable and a cinch to lift
Helios I is great for calm rivers
Helios II will works fine in slow moving waterways
Both the Helios I and II are good for camping trips, day trips, and can even be used for sea kayaking
Both inflatable kayaks come with a dry-bag backpack to hold the kayak, foot pump, 4-piece paddle, an extra paddle, PFD (personal floatation device), throw bag and a bailer.
Innova Helios Inflatable Kayak “Minus List”:
Needs a rudder for better performance.
Hard to handle in crosswinds
Helios I can only accommodate 220lbs, whereas the Helios II can handle 396lbs
Both the Helios I and II are made so that you have to sit on the floor of the kayak with a backrest. (i.e.- your butt will most likely get wet!)
Inflatable Kayak Review Summary:
Consumers appeared to like both the Innova Helios I and II inflatable kayaks equally. The biggest complaint was the seating arrangement. I don’t know about you, but sitting on the floor against a backrest will lead to a soggy backside for me. You may want to wear a wetsuit or get a blowup cushion to sit on that it keeps you off the floor.
Both the Innova Helios I and II were given the thumbs up from reviewers taking them on day trips and overnight camping, reporting that they have plenty of storage space. Consumers recommended both versions of the Helios inflatable boat highly, but make sure to use the Innova Helios II when taking along your best bud. Unless, of course, you WANT to paddle with someone in your lap. (LOL)
Well my friends, that about does it for me and my summary review of the Innova Helios line. Stop in again and look around for more of my summary kayak reviews for your reading enjoyment.
Until then, fellow paddlers… keep your paddle in the water and your butt in the boat!