You’ve probably heard of inflatable kayaks before, but did you know, that when you buy the right one, they’re just as durable as hard shell kayaks. Inflatable kayaks are also easy to store, are stable on the water, and do everything any other kayak can do. (Sometimes, they do it even better.)\nAre you having trouble deciding whether you should invest in an inflatable kayak or hard shell kayak? Here are the pros and cons of going inflatable:\nPros:\n\n\nThere’s An Inflatable Kayak For EveryoneThere’s no one kind of inflatable kayak out there. Though there are inflatable kayaks designed for calm lakes, you’ll also be able to find inflatable kayaks that are ideal for fishing, white water rafting, or week long expeditions. Larger inflatable kayaks also have enough room to store all of your gear.If there’s a hard shell kayak for a specific kind of activity, you’ll find that there’s an inflatable version out there, too.\n\n\nThey’re Stable and Easy to UseInflatable kayaks sit higher on the water, have higher seat backs, and are more stable on the water than their hard shell counterparts. This makes inflatable kayaks the perfect kayaks for beginners to learn on.\n\n\nStorage Is EasyThe main pro of getting an inflatable kayak over a hard shell version is that inflatable kayaks are much easier to take with you on your travels. They’re easy to pack in the trunk of any car and many even come with backpacks that you can fit your kayak in so you can easily carry it to the water.\n\n\nCons:\n\n\nHave to Avoid Sharp Objects At All CostsWhen you’re riding in an inflatable kayak, it should go without saying that you’ll want to avoid hitting any sharp rocks, sticks, or other debris in the water. Though your kayak isn’t likely to pop after the first time it collides with something, after repeated hits, you’re looking at some serious potential damage, especially if you’re in a budget kayak. Be sure to avoid dragging your kayak across gravel for this same reason.\n\n\nMust Invest In Your KayakIf you’re looking to buy an inflatable kayak because it’s cheaper than a hard shell model, you’ll want to remember that you get what you pay for. If you pay $150 for an inflatable kayak, you should expect it to last a summer at most. If you invest in a high quality inflatable kayak, it can easily last you a decade. Be sure to think before you buy.\n\n\nYou Can’t Eskimo RollIf learning new tricks and rolling across the water are the main reasons you’re picking up kayaking, getting an inflatable kayak may be the wrong decision for you. That being said, if the only reason you roll in your hard shell kayak is to get back in it, you’ll be delighted to find that inflatable kayaks are easy to get back into should you accidentally fall out.\n\n\nIf you’re still unsure of what kind of kayak to buy, head to a local kayak rental company to test both a hard shell and inflatable kayak out to see which one you prefer. The best way to decide is by going out on the water and experiencing the difference between the two yourself.