Advanced Elements Delivers High Performance Through Drop-Stitch Technology


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Advanced Elements, Inc., makers of world-class inflatable kayaks by any standard, have brought updates to two of their classics, which has resulted in two new kayak models.

Seeking enhancements in performance and rigidity, the design team at Advanced Elements have leveraged drop-stitch technology in the design of its new AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite and Attack PRO inflatable kayaks. As shown in Advanced Elements’ inflatable stand-up paddleboards, drop-stitch technology allows AE’s designers to create high-pressure forms that are extremely rigid, making the technology ideal for integrating into the design of these new kayaks.

First up, the redesigned AE1007-E AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite is taking it to the next level.

In the case of the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite, a fifteen-foot kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem, Advanced Elements has combined its proven aluminum rib-frame technology in the bow and stern with rigid drop-stitch technology in the floor to provide paddling performance t

hat rivals that of a hard-shell kayak. The drop-stitch floor not only adds unparalleled rigidity in an inflatable kayak but creates a hull with chine, edges along the bottom of the kayak, which enhances the tracking and hull speed.

Sharing many of the same features as Advanced Elements’ classic AE1007-R AdvancedFrame Convertible, the Elite has a versatile open deck design that can be converted to a closed deck kayak in a matter of seconds by simply zipping in optional single or double deck conversions. Upgraded features include high-back lumbar seats and a duffel bag with detachable shoulder straps for snag-free transport.

Next, the AE1051-Y Attack PRO Whitewater Kayak becomes a fully upgraded whitewater machine.

Building from the successful AE1050-Y Attack Kayak, the Attack PRO has been fully upgraded with drop-stitch technology resulting in enhanced rigidity and performance on the water. With 12-inch rocker, a wide stance, and a 9.5-inch tube diameter, this full-time self-bailer is stable, responsive, and made for whitewater. The 3-chamber construction consists of durable PVC Tarpaulin and features adjustable foot pegs, thigh straps, a supportive high-back seat, and hull abrasion rails. Weighing in at only 25 lbs., it’s light enough for longer portages and is a blast on the water!

For more information check out — or call for a free catalog at 866-262-9076.

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