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Innova Helios 2 EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Innova Helios 2 EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak
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Manufacturer: Innova
Shipping Weight: 44.00 lbs

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The Innova Helios 2 EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak was phased out by the factory last year after almost 40 years in production. The closest equivalent now is the Swing II Tandem, which is fully decked with two cockpit openings rather than partially decked. For the intended use of the Helios, which was mainly open and / or cold water paddling, Swings fill the niche quite well and are considerably less pricey than the Helios II. A tracking fin is standard on the Swing II and cruising speed is noticeably better than the Helios. Although some people may not like entering through cockpit openings, those on the Swings are about as wide as the interior of the Helios, and the sideways stability of the Swing II is better. It is definitely easier to step into a Swing from a dock. That’s because the factory uses one single side tube, rather than the more tippy stacked double tube arrangement the Helios series had. If you have any other questions about the Swings or the discontinued Helios kayaks, let us know.

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Reviewed by jas224
04/24/2014 - 10:53:10 AM
Helios II as a Sailboat
I bought a Helios II in order to try a sail rig of mine on the kayak. Lee was out of stock at the time but immediately arranged with Innova to have a boat dropped shipped to me. Fast service.

The Helios II is made with the typical Innova quality and toughness. Very dependable and never any surprises. Lee had warned me that the inflatable decks might need topping off every few days, and he was right. A minor annoyance. The 3 main hull chambers never lost air even stored fully inflated in my garage for weeks at a time.

The sail rig worked really well on this boat because the 3PSI rating makes a really stiff hull that doesn't flex at all. The relatively narrow hull and relatively long waterline makes for much better speed than a whitewater boat with a lot beam and kick in the ends. With the sail rig mounted up front including outriggers, the boat was fine with one person sitting in the rear cockpit.