Advanced Elements Backbone Internal Kayak Frame - AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak

Priced: $107.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 2 reviews.
Advanced Elements Backbone Internal Kayak Frame - AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak
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Advanced Elements Backbone Internal Kayak Frame - AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak -

This addition to your AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak will improve tracking and rigidity during less than perfect conditions on the water.

Imported.

Sizing:

  • The Backbone is inserted underneath the floor panel and runs the entire length of the kayak preventing the kayak from flexing while paddling

Features:

  • Install the Backbone prior to inflating your kayak
  • Collapsible design allows you to store the Backbone in the kayak's storage bag
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Activity:Kayaking
Length:126.5 inches
Material:Anodized aluminum/polypropylene/EVA foam sleeve
Packed dimensions:35.25 x 6.75 x 3.5 inches
Weight:4 lbs. 6 oz.
Width:6.5 inches
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Advanced Elements Backbone Internal Kayak Frame - AdvancedFrame Convertible Kayak Reviews:

Reviews:

Great for ocean use!

This seemed a little expensive when I ordered it, but was really glad when I saw just how stout this piece is. For use with the longer 15' convertible, I think this accessory is especially well matched for their longest boat. If you're using in the ocean with any swells, it makes a major difference. Also when carrying the kayak to launch, I always fill it up with our gear, and now it doesn't bow like a banana when we carry it. I also notice improved tracking as it makes a noticeable ridge on the hull. If you only use the convertible kayak on flat lakes, it's probably not as crucial of an accessory. It also makes loading it up on the kayak rack much more stable because it is so rigid.

It takes a little bit of extra set up time, and some careful alignment to make sure you get it right, but once you get it, I've noticed a huge improvement on an already well made kayak!
mauisun04 at REI on 07/07/2011

Worth the Trouble, but Should be Easier

The backbone rod for the kayak definitely helps with the overall rigidity of the boat, which makes it track better in the water and makes it easier to port between the shore and a vehicle. However, getting the backbone positioned underneath the floor of the kayak before anything is inflated is a bit cumbersome. It's worth the trouble, and is a definite plus if the paddler using the kayak is upwards of 200 lbs. The benefit to someone less than 200 lbs might be marginal.
vpunkin at REI on 11/11/2011