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Paragon XL Inflatable Kayak Gear Review

Performance, Features, and Sizing Options

In the realm of outdoor adventures, the Paragon XL Inflatable Kayak stands out as a game-changer. If you're seeking the perfect blend of portability, performance, and durability in a kayak, look no further. Join us as we delve into a comprehensive review of the Paragon XL, unraveling its features, benefits, and why it's a top choice for water enthusiasts.

To clarify first, there are three sizes to the Paragon. The Paragon, the Paragon XL, and the Paragon Tandem. 

The Paragon is 11’2’’ and the smallest of the three. This kayak is meant to be a single person. 

The Paragon XL is longer at 13’6’’ and has a weight capacity of 350lbs. This is helpful for a larger paddler, or if you are planning on bringing more gear along for your paddling trips. The Paragon XL could also accommodate a child or dog in the kayak. 

So, if you are trying to decide between the models, just think about all the extra gear space in the XL. 

There is also a Paragon Tandem, which is meant for 2 people, plus some gear. One hot tip that is especially useful with extra weight in the boat is to make sure to inflate the kayak to the highest recommended PSI on all chambers. This will ensure a smooth ride and greatly improve your paddling experience.

Superior Construction for Enhanced Durability

In general, the Paragon XL is one of the better performing flatwater inflatable kayaks in the market. This is because of the material, overall length, drop stitch floor, and ridged end caps. The PVC is similar to the PVC used in whitewater rafts and is therefore quite abrasion resistant and the seams hold up very well over time. The Paragon XL comes with a seat and footrests. The footrests are a great upgrade and help give you something to push against while paddling. The end caps I mentioned almost act like a second and third fin, allowing the kayak to cut through the water smoothly and track very well in a straight line. This is one of the main features that sets the Paragon apart from other inflatable kayaks. It does come at a cost however. These end caps do make the kayak harder to roll up into a bag, and add a little weight overall.

man in inflatable kayak

Unmatched Performance on the Water

The Paragon XL boasts exceptional performance characteristics, making it a favorite among kayakers of all skill levels. Whether you're navigating tranquil lakes or tackling challenging river rapids, this inflatable kayak delivers unparalleled stability and maneuverability. Its sleek design and advanced construction ensure smooth gliding through various water conditions, providing you with an unforgettable paddling experience.


My overall take is that the Paragon is one of the best flatwater inflatable kayaks out there. This is due to it’s long waterline, ridged floor, and hard end caps. On lakes, bays, or slow-moving rivers it will glide and track way better than expected. With the 3 sizes available it is easy to find the right size for your needs. I enjoyed using the Paragon XL as a solo with room for gear or a cooler. After a good amount of use it seems to be holding up well, and I hope it will last me a long time. The Next Adventure Paddle Sports Center in Portland has these for rent if you’d like to try one out!

a man in inflatable kayak, woman on paddleboard
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