Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review – Is It For You?

For some of us, buying a kayak is like having multiple dreams come true. Before you start
looking, you will have to think about what you need and weigh it up against your budget. The Intex Challenger K1 is definitely one of the kayaks you should think about, and there are good reasons why. This Intex Challenger K1 review takes a look at the features of the kayak and lays out what’s good and what’s not about the unit.

Design and Specifications

The kayak is 9 feet long and 30 inches wide. Its weight is 27.2 pounds, and is able to accommodate up to 220 pounds in bulk. It’s made for one individual.

It comes with onboard storage, and this allows you to stow away a few essentials you will need for your day in the water. It also comes with a removable skeg, which allows for tracking and helps the user move in a straight line.

The Kayak comes equipped with a pump (this allows you to inflate the unit at any time), a repair kit to fix any problems that arise, as well as a paddle to help propel you out there. It has an inflatable seat and a footrest, making it comfortable to paddle in.

How Durable is it?

The kayak is made of 30 gauge vinyl. While this material is not the best out there, it still makes for a durable water unit capable of standing the test of time. The kayak is several times more durable than others in its price range.

The vinyl construction also means that once the kayak gets punctured, getting a repair job carried out is easy, and then your craft is as good as new. However, how long your kayak sticks around depends largely on how well you take care of it.

Always paddle away from the water’s edge to avoid impacting rocks and other hard obstacles in your way, and this will considerably lengthen the lifespan of your piece. In another attempt to make repair work easy, the manufacturers have seen to it that your kayak comes equipped with an easy-to-use repair kit.

What is the Weight and Height Limit?

With this kayak, you do not need to be worried about having to cope with a long unit that makes maneuvering hard. The kayak is only 9 feet in length, so you can turn it around quickly and execute some cool stunts while its hull is wide enough to fit you and your seat. It’s able to carry a maximum of 220 pounds, and this includes your weight as well as the weight of the supplies you have on board.

How Does it Perform on Water?

The Challenger K1 is definitely one of the sleeker budget kayaks out there. It is capable of gliding smoothly over water. It’s also capable of turning around quickly in tricky spaces because of its small size and streamlined design. The paddles are light enough to allow you a smooth rowing experience.

Sure, it’s not going to magically breeze around like its traditional and more expensive hardshell competitors, but it moves with grace, and the small helps rather than restricts it. The fact that its lightweight is also a plus because paddling becomes a lot less energy zapping

There is even a footrest, which is a rather luxury addition considering that we are
talking about one of the cheapest kayaks in the market. Most importantly, this
kayak is inflatable.

You can inflate it in a maximum of ten minutes and deflate it in 2. The fact that the kayak is inflatable ensures that you don’t encounter storage problems once you are done with the unit; all you will need is to deflate it and pack it away until the next occasion of use.

Can You Fit a Child on the Intex?

Well, for starters, the Intex comes with a single seat. However, you can put a child at the front of your seat or have them sit on your lap, leaving your hands free to row. This works as long as you are still within the maximum weight range.

How Comfortable is it?

You have a fluffy seat to lean back on as well as a footrest to keep you well-grounded, so that is quite comfortable.

Where to Use the Intex K1?

The Intex Challenger K1 is ideal for calm rivers and lakes.

How Stable and Safe is the Intex?

The kayak has a low center of gravity, which helps keep it stable. It also comes in distinctive colors, making it easy to spot if there is a need for rescue.

Who is the Intex for?

If you are just starting out with kayaking, this is an excellent choice as it provides you with a cheap option to start with before you become fully invested in the hobby.

It is also a splendid pick for veterans who simply do not want to throw a couple of hundred dollars into kayaking. If you are planning on having kids use this kayak, then you won’t be disappointed.

It is basic enough for them to get out of the blocks rowing, and because of its distinctive colors, the security aspect is heightened; it’s easy to spot from far out and come to the rescue if need be.


  • Comes in on the cheap side, given the kind of features it comes loaded with.
  • The perfect choice of kayak if you are dealing with calm waters in lakes and rivers.
  • It’s inflatable, so you don’t have to worry about it taking acres of space on your front lawn. After use, simply deflate it and put it away in storage.
  • Despite its size, the kayak is very stable on the water. These kayaks hardly ever topple because they are built for balance.
  • With a seat and footrest, you will definitely experience plenty of comfort while paddling.


  • Veterans of high-speed kayaking will feel limited by the narrow range of features provided by the Challenger K1.
  • It’s not a good kayak if you are dealing with turbulent waters and rough rivers/lakes.


  • Length: 9ft (2.74m)
  • Width: 2ft 6in (76cm)
  • Passengers:1
  • Max Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
  • Compliance: Certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association using ABYC standards.

In Conclusion

Generally, the Intex Challenger KI, while far from the best in the market, is a nice kayak for starters and those working on a budget. It certainly lives up to expectations in more ways than one.

You will find that the unit is a smaller size, and that makes it quite versatile. Some users tend to have a problem with the kayak having only a single seat on board, but that seems a small price to pay for the extra level of comfort.

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Do you use the Intex Intex K1? If so, you are welcome to share your experience in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Intex Challenger K1 Kayak Review – Is It For You?”

  1. Living in Florida on the beach is the best place to be, especially if you love to kayak and paddle board….like me. I have been wanting to get a kayak, but they are a little spendy. This inflatable looks like a great alternative. I am just wondering though, how this will hold up over time? I want my kayak to last me, and not pop or tear. How do you think this would hold up compared to a “hard” kayak?

    • Hi Matt,

      To answer your question, a hard kayak will always be more durable than a plastic kayak. No doubt about it!
      If you want to prolong the lifespan of your kayak, you should always avoid grabbing it on the floor, clean it after each use with clear water and store it back in its bag when you finish using it. It’s rare that kayak stays intact all the time, it will get a hole in it with time, but the good news is that you can repair it easily. Although this article is to repair towable, you can definitely apply the same technique to your kayak.

      I hope it helped.
      Let me know if you need more help. I’ll be more than happy to assist!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a great day!

  2. Dear Daniella,

    Thanks for this useful Review. I always love to go through review posts because it will save our time, trouble and money.

    You have provided in-depth and detailed information (Including Design and Specifications) on Intex Challenger K1 which is very helpful. And it’s great to hear that Intex Challenger K1 Certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association using ABYC standards which will for sure help in many’s purchase decision.

    People who are on budget and starters, Intex Challenger K1 is going to be great. Wishing you great success!

    Your Friend,


    • Hi Paul,

      I am glad you enjoyed the review, thank you!
      Indeed, product reviews safe time and money to readers and yes, it is certified by the National Marine!

      Thank you for the comment and wish a nice day!

  3. I enjoyed your review very much! I have never heard of an inflatable kayak before! It seems perfect for the beginner. I have always wanted to try one out. There is a calm lagoon nearby and this would be perfect. Do have any suggestions or maybe some information about trying out kayaking for the first time?  Is there any pointers you can lead me too? Thank you!

    • Hi Coleen,

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed the article!
      Yes, it is the perfect kayak for a beginner and it is simple to maneuver on the water. If the water is calm, so yes, it will be just fine!
      My suggestion for you if it’s the first time on the kayak, start slowly and stay near the shore. Also, it would be safer if someone can be with you to help you and check if everything is ok. 

      I hope it helped:) Don’t hesitate to contact me with any question, I am always happy to help!

      Thank you for the comment and wish you a lovely day!


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