Showcasing from the floor of the recent 2018 Paddlesports Retailer trade show, Advanced Elements‘ Ryan Pugh runs through the California-based manufacturers’ updated 13-foot packable touring kayak.

As Pugh calls it, the AirFusion EVO is a “true hybrid” by combining an aluminum keel beam — which provides structure and a defined V-shape hull for the outer polyurethane skin — with integrated drop-stitch inflatable air chambers that create surprising rigidity. The result is a nimble and more-than-capable day-touring kayak with great tracking ability and a simple method for setup — and breakdown to a suitcase size. Additional features include a roll-top hatch, stern skeg mount, as well a drop-stitch seat more comfortable than comparable packable/frame kayaks.

BUY NOW: Advanced Elements AirFusion EVO: 13′ x 24″ wide, 32 lbs., $1099

— Stay tuned for more product spotlights, boat series first looks, and news from the 2018 Paddlesports Retailer trade show floor in Oklahoma City, plus more new gear that caught our attention.

— Read more on reactions to the trade show’s move to Oklahoma City.