The Innova Swing EX solo inflatable kayak, now comes in an improved material with nitryl coating on the exterior, as opposed to the nylon exterior of previous years. We do have some of last year's "LitePack" EX's left at $749, if you want the very lightest version.
This sleek 13’5” model is made with the same material as the other two Swings, but there may be some confusion since “EX” is normally used by Innova to designate kayaks made with the heavier 1200 denier nitrylon (used on the Solar, Safari, Vagabond, and Halibut). Both materials look pretty similar sitting side by side in a photograph. The catalog shows the new version of the Swing EX at 29 pounds, but we have not confirmed that yet - it may be a bit higher.
The width is a fairly narrow 29”, and the reason it is substantially skinnier than the regular Swings has to do with a difference in side tube construction. The Swing I and Swing II have a single round tube on each side, whereas the Swing EX uses a stacked “double tube” like the older Innova Helios series. It’s one air chamber per side, but two smaller tubes, one on top of the other. This allows an interior width that is still fairly generous but a narrow beam for higher hull speed. It also decreases downward bending in the long hull. This model can make well over 4 m.p.h. with a competent paddler on board. The narrower beam also means that this boat has less primary stability than many other Innova models, and because of that the Swing EX should probably not be looked upon as a beginner’s boat. As with most somewhat tippy kayaks, once you start moving much of the initial squirrellyness will be resolved, but you should have some previous experience if you are looking at this one.
The Swing EX comes in lime green & black. It uses an inflatable seat for firmer & higher back support, as well as an inflatable footrest instead of the rather useless foam ones that come with the other two Swings. Another difference in the EX is that up to now the cockpit rim has had a semi-rigid insert with the idea is that you can use a standard hardshell kayak sprayskirt, which come in a bigger variety of sizes and materials. We are not sure as of this update whether Innova intends to keep this style cockpit rim for 2017.
The top deck, like other Swings, is buffeted upward by aluminum brackets. These brackets perform several important functions. One is to lift the deck up rather than allowing it to sag and pool water. This lifting also provides more room for both your raised knees and gear. Additionally the brackets add to the stiffness and integrity of the hull. Like the tandem Swing II, the EX has three of these brackets. One is just behind the cockpit opening, one a bit in front, and the third one is under the front zipper. Both the fore and aft sections of the deck have long zippers to access camp gear, and the weight capacity of this model is very high. Almost any solo paddler should be able to run a month-long expedition out of this kayak, and that is why it is known as the “EX”.
A removable tracking fin is included, as is a basic patch kit and twist-in valve adapter designed to fit on Bravo brand pump hose tips. It may not fit other pump hoses. There is also a new rudder kit coming in for this model (NOT the other two Swings) but we do not have the pricing on it just yet. The Swing EX price includes UPS to the lower 48 States, but since we have to enter ship weights for all products, our shopping cart will still show a UPS fee. Our cart does not charge your credit card, it only authorizes it, so we will remove the shipping fees (unless you select air shipping) before capturing the funds.
Innova Swing EX Kayak Free Ground UPS to the Lower 48