Intex Excursion 5

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Intex Excursion 5 Review Facts

The Intex Excursion is a great option for an inexpensive and reliable inflatable boat. Designed primarily as a fishing boat this product is great for relaxing on the water and enjoying beautiful summer days. With four built-in fishing rod holders and ample room, you can enjoy yourself comfortably whether you’re fishing alone or enjoying some time with your family. This boat is also a durable option with a triple layer lining that is meant to withstand rocky lake shores and help you get from land to water without worrying about accidentally puncturing the hull.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Customizable
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Can Only Use 1.5hp Motor Max
  • Takes 15 Minutes to Inflate
Brand

Brand

Intex is a company that has been in business for over fifty years. Started in 1966 they have been focused on recreation since the day they began and have delivered on their intention of helping consumers relax and enjoy the outdoors decade after decade. With an array of different products available these days they have become grounded in inflatable furniture and equipment from airbeds to pools, to boats and the list just seems to keep on growing. Geared towards quality products and inexpensive prices their reputation for durable and light merchandise is unmatched and can be experienced through almost every product they offer for sale. As a result of the experience they have and the reputation they uphold, this inflatable boat is no different in the great quality they’re known for than any other option they currently have on the market. After over fifty years Intex has become a worldwide brand, one that is a cut above the rest and used and sold in over one hundred different countries. They are world renown retailers who bring care and support to the ease and comfort that inflatable products are known for, including the Intex Excursion 5 and its family of products and accessories they’ve developed to complement it.
Comfort

Comfort

This inflatable recreation and fishing boat is one of the more inexpensive and comfortable options that you are going to be able to find on the mark. The three individual inflatable chambers make the boat soft but sturdy allowing you to feel comfortable without the worry that the boat’s material is too soft and risks not floating effectively or correctly. The inflatable fixed seats that the boat comes with a great for relaxing and enjoying yourself. Designed and manufactured to promote lumber support and prevent you or your back from feeling uncomfortable you can easily sit in this boat for extended periods of time out on the water without the worry that your entire body is going to be achy and sore by the next morning. The boat also provides great comfort through the amount have space you have to enjoy yourself while out on the water. Measuring in at an impressive twelve and a half feet long by five and a half feet wide, this boat can comfortably seat and hold three adults and two children or alternatively hold up to four adults enjoying their time together. The boat allows for ample legroom between people and at twelve and a half feet long, it could hold two people laying head to toe with little or no problem and still have room for other individuals to make their way on board and enjoy the day.
Durability

Durability

This inflatable recreation and fishing boat is highly durable and well rated. Having a 30 gauge rating for the vinyl means that while out on the water in this inflatable boat you can feel pretty guaranteed that this boat won’t be punctured, and you won’t have to worry about every bump and rustle possibly damaging the hull and sinking your vessel. This inflatable boat’s lining is made from three separate layers to ensure this puncture resistance: two layers are made of vinyl fabric while the third layer is one that is made from polyester. In the unfortunate event that this inflatable boat does experience a puncture, some precautions and steps have been taken to ensure your safety and the boat’s longevity. The boat sports three individual inflatable air chambers so that in the event that one of the chambers is punctured, you will have more than enough time to make your way back to shore by paddle. This allows for safe recovery from the event and prevents the boat from completely sinking into the water. The boat also ships with a patch design to go over punctures and help you to continue to use the boat without the need for a replacement just because of a small accident. Overall the boat is extremely durable and reliable, but it is a recreation and fishing vessel and not an inflatable raft designed for rapid or rough river environments.
Size

Size

This boat is incredibly large especially when considering its rather low price point. Boasting spacious dimension of twelve and a half feet by five and a half feet there is more than enough room on board for you and friends or family to sit and relax comfortably out on the water. Rated for up to one thousand pounds of cargo or carrying capacity this inflatable boat is going to be a great choice for medium sized families or a group of buddies that plan on spending their day on the water fishing and enjoying refreshments. This boat I able to comfortably hold three adults and two children for a relaxing and fun day at the lake or on a river float, as well as carry up to four adults comfortably including some fishing gear and a cooler to stay hydrated while you’re out on the water enjoying yourself. The size holds two fixed seats that sport lumbar support to keep you from aching and not enjoying your time as well as a middle inflatable setting that you can put your feet up on or set a child on and use as a seat as well. Due to the size and strength of this boat, it is also customizable allowing you to remove the inflatable sits and install other modifications that the company offers as peripherals for this inflatable fishing and recreation vessel.
Weight

Weight

This inflatable recreation and fishing boat is by nature lightweight, as well as durable and easy to set up. Since this boat is made from two individual layers of vinyl and a third layer of polyester, the boat itself is not reliant on the metal materials used for hulls you find on more traditional as well as expensive watercraft. This means that the boat is also extremely lightweight, able to be carried or dragged by one person on their own when placing it in the water or removing it. The boat is also durable despite using these ultra-lightweight materials, using their flexibility and toughness to its advantage as a way to help prevent the boat from experiencing any unfortunate or aggravating punctures or tears that would otherwise require the boat to be replaced. In the event that the boat does experience damage like the three individual air chambers will help keep it afloat. Instead of sporting a thin and heavy metal hull that could result in the boat sinking, the three separate chambers allow you to maneuver back to shore for repairs without sinking since two chambers will be able to stay sealed and operational, even if one chamber becomes severely damaged. Since these chambers are air filled and vinyl material, it helps keep the boat light and buoyant so that it can still be easily removed or placed in the water by one person that needs to be moved through a group effort like heavier watercraft.
Accessories

Accessories

This inflatable recreation and fishing boat come with some absolutely necessary accessories as well as great future customization and modification options for the more enthusiastic owner that may want to get more out of their inflatable boat. The boat itself comes with two well-crafted and well-designed aluminum oars to help keep you ready to go and on the move while out on the water. It is also equipped with oar locks to help make maneuvering and life that much easier while you’re enjoying your day of water sports. This inflatable boat also comes equipped with a motor mount that can support up to a one and a half horsepower motor to keep you relaxed and moving without having to rely on the oars. The motor option is also great for someone that wants to get some alone time out on the water so they can avoid having to recruit someone with them to help row out and back. The boats hull also has four individual fishing rod holders built into the vinyl lining so that an easy going day on the water catching fish and be just as relaxing as casting, waiting, catching, and repeating time and time again with minimal effort.
Use

Use

This inflatable fishing and recreation boat is going to be a great and inexpensive option for general all-purpose use when on calm waters. Due to its forefront design as a fishing boat, it comes equipped with four individual fishing rod holders that can be used to cast and set your lines whether you are fishing alone and just enjoying the day or have gone out for an afternoon of fun with friends and are hoping to bring dinner home from the lake with you. This inflatable boat’s durable design is also great for family days out on the lake when you’re with kids or older members of your family. Due to how spacious and easy to set up it is, you can guarantee to be able to comfortably fit three adults and two kids in the boat and use it as a calm raft or point of reference when enjoying your time in and around the water. While this boat is also great for light river floats with family and friends, enjoying the natural beauty and scenery around you, it is not intended for rafting the way you would on strong powerful rivers. This means that you should not be purchasing this inflatable boat as an option or inexpensive work around to purchasing a white water rafting vessel.
Key Features

Key Features

This inflatable fishing and recreation boat is one that comes with quite a few features, but there are a few that really help make it the great option that it is for people expecting to use it for a lot of different things. The hull’s design and material are extremely durable and puncture resistant. This durability comes from the fact that this inflatable boat is made with three different layers of material all designed at preventing damage to the boat. There are two individual layers of thirty gauges rated vinyl material to help prevent punctures to the hull and keep your boat safe and operational, as well as a third layer made from flexible polyester material. This boat is also designed as a fishing boat and it is very prevalent. Equipped with four built-in fishing rod holders, the boat is going to be a great option for just relaxing out on the water fishing and enjoying your day. It also sports a great amount of space allowing it to be quickly and effectively converted from a fisher’s mini-paradise to a great family watercraft almost instantly. Able to carry four adults or up to three adults and four children, this product is great for large families that want to be able to go out on the water and enjoy the day together.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the Intex Excursion 5 is going to be a great buy for anyone that’s looking to fully experience a relaxing day on the water without breaking the bank. Its great durability means that it can withstand the strain of being used by families that have kids, and its large size, as well as spaciousness, means that those kids and some adults can feel safe and comfortable together while out on the water. Its three air chambers are key to giving it a long life that won’t be ended by a stray rock puncture, and the included patch from Intex will make it easy to repair in the event that you do experience something like this. The boat is also a great investment for fishers who want an inexpensive way to enjoy the open lake waters. The boat can be equipped with a small motor, meaning the groups of one to four people can enjoy the lake life with little hassle and still have room for the gear and refreshments to enjoy the day without interruption. The boat’s durability, extensive use possibilities, and low price point make it a great investment that will keep on giving summer after summer. It will be well-appreciated and used by families, fishers, and just relaxed river floaters looking for a way to float the day away without having to spend big bucks on a pontoon or fishing boat.