The Sevylor Coleman Colorado inflatable fishing kayak allows you to access remote fishing hotspots, glide across challenging whitewater conditions, and all while giving you the perfect chance to get away from it all and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day out on the water, whether you’re a die hard angler or someone who enjoys the casual fishing trip every now and then.
Our Verdict: The Coleman Colorado is a fun, lightweight kayak that can handle a variety of water conditions including whitewater and flatwater. The biggest issue is speed. Since it’s a tandem and measures in at just ten feet long, you can expect a slower performance. Additionally, it can also struggle if you’re at the kayak’s max weight capacity and struggling to handle choppy waters.
As you can see, while the kayak doesn’t come with much in terms of bells and whistles, the durable covers and compact design make it a great option for casual use. Keep on reading to learn more.
Overview and Features
With an inflatable fishing kayak, you can enjoy the best of both worlds including a versatile fishing vessel that allows you to explore a wide range of water types and environments and the ability to hike to your favorite fishing spots. While in the past, many inflatable fishing kayaks have gotten a bad rap in terms of quality and performance, Coleman shows us that it’s possible to use an inflatable kayak that’s durable, fun, and fast. While this inflatable kayak will not have the same level of durability as a hard-shelled model does, its ability to quickly deflate and fold down to a compact package is just one of the many reasons it outshines traditional kayaks.
This is a compact, ten-foot fishing kayak that can seat two people. It’s a great choice for the angler in need of a model that’s light enough for one person to easily haul it.
The kayak’s bottom is made out of 1000 D nylon tarpaulin. This gives the kayak a very solid feel, which you don’t normally get with other inflatable models. The kayak’s cover is made out of 840 D nylon and helps to protect the rest of the kayak from punctures caused by fishhooks, rocks, branches, and debris.
On each side of the kayak, you’ll find a set of paddles holders that will keep each paddle safe and secure and neatly organized as you fish. The kayak also comes with a couple of rod holders located next to each paddle holder. There’s also plenty of space you can use to mount additional rod holders if you and your fishing buddies prefer to use more than one rod at a time.
The kayak has a maximum user weight of four hundred and seventy pounds, which is pretty standard for kayaks in this price range. Keep in mind, max weight encompasses the weight of each angler, in addition to the gear.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Low price
- Durable construction
- Decent max user weight
- Rod holders
- Has Paddle holders
- Seats are not adjustable
For an inflatable kayak, this model is incredibly tough. This is due to the kayak’s double wall construction. The inner inflatable layer is protected by a puncture resistant cover, while the outer layer is covered by a thicker puncture resistance cover. Sandwiched between the covers are multiple air chambers that will keep the kayak afloat even in the event of a serious puncture.
In terms of portability, the kayak is very easy to transport, thanks to the lightweight design, carrying case, and built-in handles.
However, while the kayak is well-built, the fact that it measures in at just ten feet in length can be a problem if two people are trying to fish at the same time. Aside from the cramped cockpit space, the length of the kayak can also negatively impact its performance, making it difficult to track in rough waters. The size also affects the kayak’s speed, which can be best described as sluggish.
The kayak doesn’t come with a hand pump, but it does come with a pressure gauge. Since a kayak should be topped off with air right before you place it in the water, we recommend picking up a pump before your next angling adventure.
Is This Kayak a Good Choice for Using Crankbait?
Yes. This model is very stable, so you should have no trouble standing up when you cast. Crankbait fishing is very versatile, allowing you to fish in both shallow and deeper water. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to use the appropriate lure based on water-depth. To learn more, click here to read our article on how to fish crankbait.
Are the Seats Adjustable?
No. Unfortunately, both of the seats are sewn in, which means you will be unable to adjust or remove either of the seats. This can be a deal breaker for some anglers. Higher priced tandems such as the Elkton Outdoors Cormorant 2 Person Tandem Inflatable Fishing Kayak will allow you to remove one of the seats and reposition the existing seat, turning the tandem into a single. The inability to do so with this model will make it incredibly hard to paddle and track if you decide to head out for a solo fishing trip.
Conclusion and Rating
Since the kayak is available at such a low price, don’t expect a model that’s loaded with a ton of bells and whistles. For what it is, the kayak is very bare, however, its innovative design and easy handling make it a great buy for the angler on a budget
This Sevylor inflatable kayak may not be one of the best fishing kayaks for fast moving rivers and choppy water in general, but it’s durable, compact, and lightweight design make it a perfect option for days on the lake or a slow-moving river. If speed isn’t a priority and durability is, then the Coleman Colorado is definitely worth a second look. We gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.