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I need some advice on inflatable kayaks. I am trying to buy one for my mom and dad. My mom is thin but she is well-endowed in the hips and my dad is a little larger than her. Every inflatable I have found has an interior width of 11-15 inches. When sitting, my mom is 17 inches across and my dad is around 19. Are the interior widths set in stone? Do these kayaks stretch when you sit in them? Are there any kayaks that cater to larger hips? Am I too concerned with interior widths matching their hip widths?

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Are you looking for a single or tandem? Whitewater or flatwater?

I use an NRS Maverik II on. NRS clams that its 36" with 11" tubes. I have a 34' waist and I have plenty of room, even with a drysuit and PFD.

The NRS Outlaw II is less money, lighter and is supposed to be 39" wide.

Do you have a local shop or friends that will let them sit in one?
 

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Thank you for the fast reply! Preferably it would be a tandem and it would be used in calm ocean, rivers, and lakes, not whitewater or rough ocean. The only stores nearby are chain stores and they don't have inflatables on display to try out. Their waist measurements are similar to yours so that could be an option. My main concern is them being squeezed in the hip/seat area.
 

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Thanks, Philip. The bean bag was a good analogy to put my mind at ease. Any suggestions on which kayak? I'm trying not to spend too much but I don't want extremely low quality, either.
 

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Tomcat?

Thanks, Philip. The bean bag was a good analogy to put my mind at ease. Any suggestions on which kayak? I'm trying not to spend too much but I don't want extremely low quality, either.
The Tributary Tomcat Tandem would probably suit your needs. I've linked to a wireframe diagram from the Aire website that identifies a 15" interior width, but it seems roomier than that. My father-in-law, who is pretty hefty, has used it no problems on lakes, and it is about as stable as IKs come. I've had mine for 9 years with no issues whatsoever, so pretty durable in my experience, and the Tributary line is definitely on the affordable end of the IK price spectrum.

http://www.aire.com/aire/images/products/pdfs/T - Tomcat Tandem.pdf
 

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Thank you for the fast reply! Preferably it would be a tandem and it would be used in calm ocean, rivers, and lakes, not whitewater or rough ocean.
Based on your expected use, you might try asking your question (especially which boat) over at paddling.net -- the mtn. buzz is more whitewater oriented.
Paddling.net Discussion Forum

Aire has a couple of IKs that are not primarily whitewater machines -- check those out. Specialty Series, Tributary Touring Series, and maybe Strike.
Inflatable kayaks for whitewater and expedition kayaking river trips | AIRE
 

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Not sure where these companies are getting these dimensions...11" interior? really? My 7 year old son wouldnt fit in that.

I have a buddy 6'-4" and 280 lbs who fits in an NRS and Aire inflatable (single and tandem) that he owns....no problems.
 

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Based on your expected use, you might try asking your question (especially which boat) over at paddling.net -- the mtn. buzz is more whitewater oriented.
Paddling.net Discussion Forum

Aire has a couple of IKs that are not primarily whitewater machines -- check those out. Specialty Series, Tributary Touring Series, and maybe Strike.
Inflatable kayaks for whitewater and expedition kayaking river trips | AIRE
Thank you for your suggestion. I knew I was probably in the wrong place but I wasn't sure where to post.
 
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