Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak Review


Paddling / Monday, March 1st, 2021

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The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite is the world’s first inflatable tandem kayak made entirely with all drop-stitch construction. With its tapered bow and stern molds and narrow design, this two-person kayak cuts through the water to allow paddling speeds up to 6 mph.

The unique design of Sea Eagle RazorLite kayak series provides the rigidity and performance of a hardshell kayak with the portability of an inflatable kayak. It’s the perfect high-performance, tandem kayak for flatwater touring and adventures on wilderness lakes, remote bays, and island hideaways.

Ditch the expensive roof racks, heavy kayaks, carrying difficulties, and storage difficulties. The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak is only 45 pounds and easily folds up into its backpack for easy transport and storage. Unfold, inflate, and paddle away. Super fast, easy, and travels anywhere! You can even check it with your other luggage on flights.

Note: The 473rl RazorLite can be set up as a two-person or one-person kayak.

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Sea Eagle RazorLite Inflatable Kayaks Are Best Used For:

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayaks are best used for flatwater touring, fishing, and camping trips on lakes, bays, and calm rivers.

If you are looking for a kayak that is for whitewater as well, the Sea Eagle Explorer would be a better choice.

Top, Front, and Side Views – Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak

Top view of a two-person Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak.
Top View
Side view of a two-person Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak.
Side View
Front view of a two-person Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak.
Front View

Specifications – Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak

(compare all Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks and canoes)

Person Capacity2
Hull Weight45 lbs
Length15′ 6″
Width2′ 6″
Interior14′ 10″ x 21″
Load Capacity2 Person or 750 lbs
D-Rings8 D-Rings
Deflated37″ x 23″ x 10″
Chambers3 (port, starboard, floor)
Tube Diameter10″ High x 4″ Thick
Air Valves3 Recessed, One-Way Air Valves
Inflation time8 min
SeamGlued, Quadruple Overlap
Material1000 Denier Reinforced
FloorAttached High-Pressure, Drop-Stitch Floor
Drain Valves2 Open and Close Drain Valves
Inflation Pressure10 psi
Warranty3-Year

Standard Features of the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak

Two kayakers leisurely paddle a Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable two-person kayak on a large lake.
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Certified
  • Can be set up as a tandem kayak or a solo kayak
  • Fully constructed with drop-stitch technology
  • Rigid bow and stern molds ensure faster paddling speeds
  • Manufactured with a super-strong, tear and puncture-resistant 1,000 Denier reinforced, high-performance fabric that has a PVC coating on both sides to create a waterproof, air-tight seal
  • Hot-air welded and quadruple overlap seams
  • 3 Delux one-way, recessed air valves
  • Inflates up to 10 psi to create a hard hull with superior paddling performance
  • Front and rear spray skirts with carrying handles and storage below the skirts
  • 2 Open and close self-bailing drain valves
  • Large, removable, sweptback, rear skeg to control yaw and improve paddling speed
  • 2 FlexBrace ergonomic, customizable footrests adjust to 20 unique positions quickly and easily to provide great foot support and comfort while paddling
  • 4 D-rings to secure the adjustable seat
  • Sun and saltwater-resistant hull material formulated with special additives that also resist gasoline, oil, and other chemicals
  • Printed Sea Eagle RazorLite Kayak Owner’s Manual

Key Features of the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak

Two kayakers carrying a Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable two-person kayak by the grab handles.

The following key features of the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite two-person inflatable kayaks set them apart from the competition and deserve a closer look.

World’s First and Only Kayak Made Entirely with Drop-Stitch Material

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak is the world's first and only kayak made entirely of drop-stitch material.

The patented Sea Eagle RazorLite series of inflatable kayaks is the world’s first and only inflatable kayak made entirely with drop-stitch construction technology which yields a high-performance, tough-as-nails, incredibly rigid, ultra-light kayak that’s a thrill to paddle.

Sea Eagle creates drop-stitch materials by joining the top and bottom fabric layers with tens of thousands of high-tensile strength threads. This increases the kayak’s rigidity by enabling the kayak floor and sidewalls to be inflated to 10 psi, much higher than the 3-4 psi inflation pressure of other inflatable kayaks.

The floor of this kayak is made of 3-inch thick, drop-stitch material and the sidewalls are made of 4-inch thick, drop-stitch material.

The unique drop-stitch construction makes the Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak as fast as any hardshell kayak in its class while providing the added benefit of being extremely portable and light. It easily rolls up and slips into its own backpack.

Straight Hull Design

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak straight hull design.

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayaks have a straight hull design that maximizes the kayak’s Length Water Line (LWL).

Length Water Line (LWL) is a boating performance term used to determine hull speed and refers to a hull’s length measurement at the waterline. Generally, kayaks with longer LWLs are faster.

The RazorLite’s straight hull design and very narrow, 25″ width at waterline combined with its unique bow and stern design with tapered sidewalls allow this inflatable kayak to paddle as fast as any traditional, hardshell kayak.

Unique Bow and Stern Design

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak rigid bow and stern molds create the worlds very first speed entry system

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak's unique bow and stern design with tapered sidewalls.

The Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayaks have a rigid bow and stern molds made of durable plastic that creates a revolutionary speed entry system that leads into a double concave hull before opening into a flat planing surface.

At the bow, the double concave design allows pockets of air to pass between the hull and the water to create lift. The lift reduces friction and drag. The result? Increased speed.

At the stern, the double concave design allows for a smooth, clean exit leaving little to no wake behind.

When deflated for storage, the bow and stern molds easily roll up with the kayak.

Adjustable Ergonomic FlexBrace Footrest

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak's FlexBrace is a fully adjustable ergonomic foot brace.

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayaks come with Sea Eagle’s trademarked FlexBrace Kit installed to provide hours of comfortable bracing. With 20 different positions, the ergonomic footrest quickly and easily adjusts to accommodate any paddler.

The footrest is not only comfortable, it streamlines paddling efforts by yielding more powerful strokes. A huge benefit when you’re on a long kayak trip.

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Discount Kayak Packages

two kayakers speed through open water in a Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable two-person kayak.

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak discount packages come in the Pro Tandem Kayak Package and the Pro Carbon Tandem Kayak Package and are designed to accommodate the needs of different types of paddlers.

The basic accessories of each package are the Tall-Back Kayak Seats, SUP pump, kayak backpack, repair kit, and easy-to-store kayak paddles with drip rings for staying dry. The kayak and all these accessories easily pack away into the backpack.

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite – Pro Tandem Kayak Package – Model 473RLK_P

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak Pro Tandem Package 473RLK_P.

The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite – Pro Tandem Kayak Package (Model 473RLK_P) offers performance, comfort, and portability for two kayakers!

The Tall-Back Kayak Seats that comes with RazorLite kayaks has a 19″ high backrest for superior back support and its thermal molded foam construction provides a low sitting position for maximum stability. On the back of the seat is a removable storage pouch perfectly sized for your kayaking essentials.

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Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite – Pro Carbon Tandem Kayak Package – Model 473RLK_PC

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak Pro Carbon Tandem Package 473RLK_PC.

Take your kayaking experience to the next level! The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite – Pro Carbon Tandem Kayak Package (Model 473RLK_PC) improves on the Pro Tandem Kayak Package with the substitution of the AB50 carbon fiber paddles which are each a half-pound lighter than an AB40 paddle.

Though a savings of 8 ounces each doesn’t sound like much at first, the savings in paddle weight does reduce fatigue on longer paddling trips.

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Certifications

Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) confirming that the RazorLite lineup of kayaks has been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Sea Eagle Limited 3-Year Warranty

Sea Eagle kayaks are covered from bow to stern by a limited 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

They can afford to offer an all-inclusive warranty because of their vast experience in designing and selling inflatable boats. They’ve stood behind their products for over 50 years.

As a proven leader in the industry, Sea Eagle generates confidence and peace of mind in those who own their boats.

Sea Eagle 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty

Want extra coverage on your kayak?

Sea Eagle Boats also offers a 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty in addition to the Limited 3-Year Warranty to give you 6-years of total warranty against any manufacturing defects.

The Extended Warranty applies to the hull only and is only offered at the time of purchase.

Sea Eagle 4-Month Trial Guarantee

Try a Sea Eagle Risk-Free for 120 days!

“If you’re not totally happy with your boat, just return it in good condition for a full refund of your purchase price.”

Sea Eagle RazorLite Inflatable Kayak Instructional Videos

These videos from Sea Eagle demonstrate the ease of operating Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayaks. Inflation, setup, operation, breaking down, deflation, and storing are all covered.

RazorLite Kayak Instructions

Installing the Sea Eagle FlexBrace Adjustable Footrests

Necessary Accessories

Personal Flotation Device (PFD): Always carry a United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved PFD and children under 12 should always wear a PFD. PFDs are a boating safety necessity and required by law on government waters.

Dry Bags: The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite lacks a watertight storage area making dry bags necessary for keeping gear safe and dry.

Conclusion

Two kayakers on the shore of a lake with a Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable two-person kayak loaded with gear in dry bags.

Looking to share a tandem kayaking trip with a friend, family member, or date?

The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak is an impressive two-person kayak with the rigidity, handling, and speed to rival any hardshell kayak in its class. And it has all the benefits of being an inflatable!

No more bulky, heavy, plastic kayaks that are difficult to store and transport! These RazorLite kayaks with superior technology are lighter and easier to handle!

Note: The RazorLite’s narrow design and high-performance capabilities make it best suited for paddlers with intermediate skills or above. Beginners may find it easier to maintain balance in a wider more stable inflatable kayak like the Sea Eagle Explorer, FastTrack, or Sport Kayaks.

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