Gumotex/Innova
Seawave Review

The Gumotex Seawave is one of the fastest inflatable boats from the manufacturer and a real allrounder. It can be used as a 1, 2 or even 3 person kayak and can be paddled both open and with the cockpit closed. Therefore the Seawave enjoys great popularity among ambitious kayakers. We have often taken a closer look at this inflatable kayak and paddled it at an outdoor fair. We would like to summarize our impressions in this review and draw a comparison to similar inflatable kayaks.

Technical Specification of the Gumotex/Innova Seawave

Nr. of persons:
Length:
Width:
Weight:
Pack size:

1-3
455 cm
80 cm
17,5 kg
68 x 43 x 30 cm

Max. load:
Pressure:
Material:

250 kg
0,25 bar
Nitrilon

Set-up and first impressions

Like all boats from Gumotex, the Seawave makes a high-quality impression and impresses with good material processing. You can tell immediately that the boat was designed for durability. The inflated air chambers have a high stiffness and the material looks very robust. The boat skin is made of a rubber-coated fabric material and thus differs significantly from inexpensive entry-level models of other inflatable boat manufacturers, who often only use a PVC boat skin. Since we tested the Gumotex Seawave at an outdoor fair, we can unfortunately not report much about the assembly.

The Seawave has one bottom and two separate side chambers, which are inflated via push-push valves using a stand pump. We know these valves from the Gumotex Swing 2 and they are very easy to handle. With a reasonable double action pump you should be able to inflate the Seawave quickly.

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Carrying handles for easy transport.

The Seawave can be easily transported by two people. It is relatively light for such a large kayak. The carrying handles at the bow and stern do a great job. The boat can also be carried by one person.

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Drain hole at the stern of the Gumotex Seawave.

The Gumotex Seawave is equipped with a lockable drain hole at the stern. If water has entered the boat while paddling, you can easily drain it with the drain hole instead of taking it out with a sponge. This definitely makes it easier to clean the boat.

Interior of the Gumotex Seawave.

Seats and footrests are also inflatable elements. Depending on the number of paddlers, the seats and footrests are fixed at different places in the boat. The corresponding markings help to do this. We have tried out the different configurations (1, 2 and 3 person kayak) and found the assembly to be very easy. For solo paddlers, the advantage is clearly that the seat can be fixed in the middle, which gives an optimal weight distribution.

The Gumotex Seawave as 1-person kayak.
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The Gumotex Seawave as 1-person kayak.

For one or two paddlers, the Seawave offers plenty of legroom and plenty of storage space for luggage. In the 3-person configuration, it becomes tighter in terms of legroom. Stretching your legs is then no longer possible for all paddlers. For short paddling trips the space is still sufficient, but for a long day paddling trip the space seems to be too small. Therefore the 3-person configuration is especially suitable for families with children.

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Velcro fastener for attaching an optional cockpit

In its basic configuration the Gumotex Seawave is an open kayak. The boat has slots for metal reinforcements and a Velcro edge to attach an optional cockpit. This transforms the Seawave from a recreational kayak into a fully equipped sea kayak. Cockpits are available as 1 or 2 seat versions. There is no cockpit for the 3-person configuration. We have tested the Seawave without cockpit.

Furthermore, the Seawave can be equipped with a rudder. We had paddled it without it and had not missed this when paddling. We have to say that we had optimal paddling conditions (no wind). In harsher conditions a rudder can help to keep the boat on track without having to constantly correct it.

Review of the Gumotex Seawave on the water

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Gumotex Seawave on the water.

Gumotex promises a very good directional stability and speed. However, this very good directional stability can only be achieved by using the skeg. In terms of speed Gumotex also keeps its promise. The Seawave runs fast over the water. Compared to the Gumotex Swing 2 it is noticeably faster and you can therefore cover much longer distances in the same time. This is mainly due to the long and slim construction of the boat and the higher operating pressure. The Seawave is therefore the right choice for all those who want to paddle long trips.

Legroom in Gumotex Seawave

When paddling, the seats provide good support and are comfortable. The straps on the backrests allow the seat position to be individually adjusted even while paddling. Due to the narrow construction we found the interior to be a bit narrow but still completely sufficient. Although the boat is cut rather narrowly, we never had the feeling that it is very easy to capsize, but rather quite stable.

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Strengths and weaknesses of the Gumotex Sewave

The Gumotex Seawave has its greatest strength in its configurability and upgradeability. It can be paddled as 1 to 3 person kayaks and can be upgraded with optional features. As a 3-person kayak it offers relatively little space and is recommended for 3 adults only for small tours. But you have to note that the Seawave has a much higher purchase price compared to the other Gumotex inflatable kayaks (e.g. Gumotex Swing 2 or Solar).

The Gumotex Seawave can be pumped up to 0.25 bar, which is very good for an inflatable kayak.

+ Configurability (as 1 to 3-person kayak) + Upgradeability (cockpit, rudder) + Speed + Easy to transport + Robust boat skin + As 1 or 2-person version, plenty of space for luggage + Practical drain hole at the stern + Spare parts available + 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

– Less space than 3-person kayak – High purchase price for boat and accessories compared to other Gumotex boats – No reinforcement at bow and stern

Final notes on the Gumotex Seawave

The Gumotex Seawave is a high quality inflatable kayak that is aimed at demanding kayak enthusiasts who want maximum flexibility with their boat. The boat can easily be converted into a 1-person, 2-person or 3-person kayak without much effort. This is also clearly a great advantage over fixed hull kayaks, where this is not possible. Whether cockpit, spray skirt, rudder or spare parts, the owner has numerous possibilities to upgrade his boat with additional equipment and to make it ready for further applications even after the purchase. For example, the Seawave is suitable for white water level 2 and thus allows paddling white water rivers, e.g. in the pre-alpine region. Due to the long construction we recommend wide and not too much blocked whitewater rivers. Although it is an inflatable kayak, it must be noted that Gumotex uses very robust and tear-resistant materials and thus possible damage is considerably prevented. Thanks to the slim and long boat shape and the good operating pressure the Seawave is not only very fast but also has really good running characteristics. Fortunately, the narrow cut does not compromise the stability of the boat.

Alternatives to Gumotex Seawave

Finally, we would like to present two alternatives to the Gumotex Seawave. We have paddled both inflatable kayaks ourselves countless times.

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite

If the the weight and drying time of an inflatable kayak is not most important to you, we recommend the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite. We find the gliding characteristics of the AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite even better and it would be our first choice for long tours on large lakes and rivers. Furthermore, the kayak is modular. The drop-stitch flooris additionally protected by the outer boat skin. In case of a defect, the Drop-Stitch chamber can be easily replaced.

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Gumotex Swing 2

If you are looking for a cheaper inflatable kayak with an integrated cockpit and want to paddle mainly rivers or small lakes, you should take a closer look at the Gumotex Swing 2. The Swing 2 already has an integrated cockpit and is, compared to the Seawave with cockpit, considerably lighter and almost half the price. It has a wider hull, so it is more agile but also a little slower. The material is identical to that of the Seawave.

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