Best Kayaks for Beginners - Why Inflatables are Awesome

The best part about being a beginner paddler? The unlimited potential.

So, you’re wanting to break into the wonderful world of inflatable kayaking? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve taken the same principles applied to our paddle board production (non-stop innovation, paddle-first optimization, kickass design) and applied it to an awesome suite of inflatable kayaks.

Lucky for you, at BOTE we’ve got a killer lineup of versatile and velvety smooth (as they glide across the water) kayaks that are perfect for beginners.

Zeppelin Aero 10′

For solo kayakers, it doesn’t get much better than the Zeppelin Aero 10′. This pint-sized single-seater packs a stripped-back, paired-down punch. Much like its big brother, the Zeppelin 10′ is a recreational kayak that is big on features, but small in size. We’ve taken our 12′6″ tandem kayak and turned it into a supremely stable, 10-foot version that packs down to an incredibly small footprint so you can take your kayak with you anywhere.

With its 3-chamber construction, wide base, and recessed deck, the Zeppelin Aero 10′ is stable as all get out, making it great for beginner paddlers. It also has an elevated design and self-bailing floor to keep you high, dry, and comfortable while you paddle.

Load it up with a cooler and a dry bag. Paddle out to the sandbar and kick back with your friends. Or throw a kid in the front and take them on a cruise. Whatever adventure you choose, the Zeppelin Aero 10′ will take you along for the ride, not the other way around.

Zeppelin Aero 12′6″

For tandem kayakers, simply go longer. The Zeppelin Aero 12′6″ is the original Zeppelin, the old-school hero, the authentic icon, the proud big brother. The result of a timely tryst between a highly utilitarian father and a swiss army-like mother, the Zeppelin is the most versatile kayak in the BOTE waters.

Want an extra rider to tag along? Simply add an extra Aero Paddle Seat, and you’re in tandem kayaking business. For beginner paddlers unsure about hitting the water solo, the Zeppelin 12′6″ offers both company and solace. It’s lightweight, portable, MAGNEPOD™ compatible, and always ready for a good time on the water.


The DEUS Aero is everything a solid kayak wishes it was: extremely lightweight, extremely useful, and extremely awesome.

It’s also extremely versatile. Because not only is the DEUS a sit-on-top kayak, it can also be converted into a stand-up paddle board thanks to the innovative removable top chamber, doubling as an extra floating platform.

From travel bag to 11-foot kayak in a matter of minutes, with a carrying capacity of up to 300 lbs, the DEUS Aero Inflatable Kayak is the perfect recreational inflatable kayak for beginners and veterans alike. Oh, and the military-grade PVC construction makes the DEUS super lightweight and easy to store, too.

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Zeppelin Aero 10′ Inflatable Kayak

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