Pakboats – Quest 150 – Foldable Kayak


The Quest 150 is a skin-on-frame touring kayak. All hull materials are coated or laminated with polyurethane for a combination of durability and extremely lightweight (less than half the weight of a plastic kayak). Inflatable kayaks of similar size weigh 50% more than the Quest, and the Quest’s performance and sleek lines cannot be achieved with an inflatable structure. Its polyurethane-coated materials contain no toxic chemicals, and the design combines great looks with comfort and efficient cruising performance.

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Quest 150 is a compact touring kayak. It is long enough for effortless cruising, and roomy enough to hold your overnight camping gear, yet it is small enough to fit moderate-size paddlers. The 150 is in its element when your travels cover many miles and hours of paddling. At the end of a long day you will send some grateful thoughts to the Quest’s outstanding seat. Please note: The Quest 150 includes a deck, but the deck is not always needed because of its unique SOT (Sit-on-top) function.

Unlike other touring kayaks, the Quest 150 can be paddled without a deck, like a sit-on-top. Simply leave the deck off in calm conditions. The 150 has a lot of flotation built-in to keep you safe. Even better, the flotation is placed in the sides where it helps keep the kayak stable, even when it is swamped. Very few kayaks have this safety feature. Typical flotation centered in the ends does not contribute to stability. Available with Blue or Yellow deck.

  • Beam: 24″ / 61 cm
  • Depth: 13″ / 33 cm with deck & 10.5″ / 27 cm as SOT without deck
  • Weight: 31 lbs / 14.1 kg with deck & 26 lbs / 11.8 kg as SOT without deck
  • Length: 14’11” / 455 cm
  • Capacity: 285 lbs / 130 kg
  • Packed Bag Size: 28″ x 16″ x 12″

The Quest represents another advance in Pakboats’ hybrid folding/inflatable construction: Enhanced frame technology produces a stiff and light hull structure that makes assembly a breeze in combination with multiple flotation cells that tension the skin and provide buoyancy. To combine hull stiffness and simplicity in a very lightweight design, Pakboats developed a method to tension both keel and gunwales without adding weight and cost. 2nd generation Quests get added stiffness in the mid-section where it is most needed, without adding weight in the ends. The deck is installed after the hull is completely assembled, and the deck seal is secured by end caps and “wrapovers” that are welded to the boat skin, sealing out splashing waves. The “wrapovers” also support deck rigging.

Excellent Seats: Comfort starts with the seat, and the Quest seat is “best in class”. The fabric sling is supported front to back, completely eliminating pressure points, and inflatable thigh support adjusts to fit any paddler. Backband and seat surface are covered with three-dimensional mesh for maximum air circulation. The seat drops into brackets on the cross ribs, so installing the seat during assembly takes almost no time.

Easy Loading: The Quest deck can be opened at both ends for exceptionally easy access and loading of gear up to its 275 pounds (125 kg) capacity. The simplicity and lightweight let the Quest fit into a single compact storage bag for travel, and it can easily go with you as airline baggage.



Since 1995 Pakboats has been designing and manufacturing a wide range of folding canoes, folding kayaks, and accessories. In everything they do, they strive to provide the most functional gear possible at a fair price. Pakboats can be fit on top of a car just as easily as hard kayaks, but their lighter weight makes it easier to get them up there and their paddling performance is also similar to hard kayaks (and much better than inflatables), except that the lightweight makes a Pakboat more responsive. Canoes and kayaks that you can pack for travel are generally folding or inflatable. Both have their special advantages, and Pakboats combine the best features of both. In each Pakboat, a complete aluminum frame provides efficient lines and rigidity, while inflatable tubes provide tensioning and flotation. The combination of frame and inflatable tubes make a much more compact structure than air alone, and a Pakboat has much more interior space than a similar size inflatable canoe or kayak. The unique Pakboats structures are also much lighter and pack smaller. Similar size inflatables weigh about 50% more than a Pakboat.


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