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Make a splash in this No. 1 bestselling inflatable kayak — it's down to $98 (40% off!)

We can probably all agree that few things are as relaxing as a lazy day spent at the lake. When it involves a leisurely boat ride? Even better! Amazon's No. 1 bestselling Intex Challenger K1 Kayak has over 20,000 perfect ratings, and right now you can snag it for just $98 (down from $170) — over 40% off!

This inflatable kayak fits into a compact storage bag when not in use and comes with an oar and hand pump.

$98 at Amazon

Kayaking is the perfect low-key water activity, but traditional rigid models require a good deal of storage space, have to be mounted onto your car for transit and can cost a pretty penny. For Dads who don't want a seasonal water vessel taking up precious room in their garages, the inflatable Intex Challenger is an ideal (and affordable) alternative.

For starters, it weighs just over 27 pounds and folds down to fit inside a compact carrying case (included with this deal) when not in use. Dad can't get more portable than that! Plus, its sturdy welded vinyl construction can hold up to 220 pounds, though repair patches are included in case something sharp strikes the material. A panel of netting at the front provides a convenient place for storing gear.

You might be wondering if filling up this boat with air will be a pain in Dad's neck. Not so! It comes with a hand pump for easy inflation, as well as an oar. The removable skeg (a fin-like plastic blade on the bottom of the kayak) helps with navigation — all he has to do is snap it into place when he's ready to ride. Oh, and as far as comfort is concerned, the seat in its roomy cockpit even has a backrest to offer support while he paddles.

If you're still wondering whether the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak is the one for you, keep reading to see why some of its thousands of five-star reviewers say it's worth the investment.

person rowing in the inflatable kayak
This No. 1 bestselling inflatable kayak has over 20,600 perfect ratings. (Photo: Amazon)

"It was super easy to inflate with the pump that came with it, stayed perfectly inflated and was comfortable to sit in," raved one fan. "I liked the little foot rest, as I am a very short person, and the back rest was great! The paddle was nice ... I was able to maneuver it pretty decently — especially considering a storm started and the wind picked up like crazy as we paddled our way back to shore. I can't wait to take it out again and chill on the lake with all the cool people this summer!"

Another happy reviewer was amazed by the quality of the kayak. "If I could give six stars, I would!" they said. "As soon as we got to the lake, I unfolded it, blew it up, snapped together the paddle and took it for a spin. The quality is impeccable. It maneuvers through the water splendidly, and even bumping up against the rocky shore didn't faze the heavy-duty material it is constructed from. Another plus — it didn't flip over once, even with my rough-and-tumble sons at the helm."

According to this customer, kayak novices are in luck: "Great for beginners!" they said. "I can happily report that I've now taken the Challenger K1 out ... and it has held up like a champ ... I was worried that since I'm a bigger fellow, 6'3" and 210 lbs, that the boat might sink, [but] no issues ... One feature I love is the cargo net at the front. I'm easily able to store my bags, shoes and other stuff in the net and keep them fairly dry. Highly recommended, especially for kayaking noobs out there like me!"

At just $83, the Intex Challenger K1 Kayak more than pays for itself when you consider how much fun Dad will have taking it for a spin this summer — and who knows, maybe he'll even let you try it out if you ask nicely!

"It was super easy to inflate with the pump that came with it, stayed perfectly inflated and was comfortable to sit in," raved one happy shopper.

$98 at Amazon

Want to include a zero-effort inflation add-on for Dad? This highly rated Flextailgear Tiny Pump does the job in no time and is perfect for bringing on the go:

At just two inches long, this small yet mighty air pump blows up everything from pool floats to air mattresses with the touch of a button. It includes five nozzles to fit whatever Dad's inflating and recharges via USB.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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