There´s nothing quite like kicking off from the water’s edge in a brand new boat. Kayaks tend to be easy to pick up with a relatively straight-forward learning process. That makes them a popular choice for families as well as boating enthusiasts. The problem is that there are lots of Kayaks available with what seems like little to choose between them. Let’s be honest; Kayaks are fairly basic when it comes to design. That doesn’t mean you won´t be able to tell the difference between a good and bad Kayak. In fact, a lot of people only find out they have brought a bad Kayak once on the water. To save you the trouble, here´s our review of the Crystal Explorer Clear Kayak.
The Crystal Explorer see through kayak might at first seem like a novelty item rather than a serious piece of sailing equipment. The transparent material design doesn’t fill you with confidence at first. But then you look a little closer and see that the hull is made of GE company Lexan. A legitimate material provider. The next thing you notice is that these boats are made right here in the USA. That means all their products have undergone a rigorous set of tests and passed all safety standards.
The Crystal Kayak company was established this year, 2017. That means it´s difficult to say how long their products will last. The plastic material construction feels sturdy alongside the 6mm hull. The frame is made from anodized aluminum, a metal brushed with powder to ensure long-lasting protection, and the whole boat is treated with UV lacquer. This is designed to reduce the effects of aging, sunlight and water staining.
The Kayak is designed for choppier waters, but it does feel a little unstable. It will be okay on rivers, or calm water, but I´m not entirely convinced of its ability to stay strong in adverse conditions. On calm waters, it runs very smoothly, and there´s enough room to fit two people inside to share rowing duties.
As you’ve probably guessed, the best thing about this Kayak is the clear hull design. If you have children, being able to see through the boat to the sea floor will keep them entertained for hours. It´s certainly robust enough to be safe for kids as well. The set-up is relatively easy, plus everything can be packed away and stored in the winter months.
This certainly isn’t the cheapest Kayak available on the market right now. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t good value for money I think the memories alone from what you will be able to see covers the cost of this kayak. The construction is high-quality, well thought out and well manufactured. Crystal Kayaks are currently the only reliable company producing transparent Kayaks using Lexan building materials. They´re so confident in the construction of their Kayaks that they even offer a one year warranty. That´s rare in the Kayak industry.
Overall, it´s not the cheapest Kayak on the market, nor is it going to be a top performer in whitewater rapids. This is the perfect Kayak for a family outing, or keeping the kids entertained. A solid investment. If you are after a cheaper kayak that your and your family can enjoy then I suggest you take a look at our top inflatable kayaks review.