Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite Inflatable Kayak Review


Paddling / Monday, March 1st, 2021

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The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite is the best inflatable tandem touring kayak in the world! Its hull is made entirely with all drop-stitch construction. This along with its tapered bow and stern molds and narrow design provide hardshell kayak performance with the conveniences of an inflatable kayak.

The use of drop-stitch construction in the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite streamlines the kayak making it sleek and clean. It doesn’t have bulky raft-like tubes.

There are no bulky raft-like side tubes with the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite. The floor and sides are made of drop-stitch construction which streamlines the kayak making it sleek, narrow, and clean. The narrow hull combined with the RazorLite’s tapered, rigid bow and stern molds provides paddling speeds up to 6 mph.

The Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak is only 45 pounds and easily stows away in its backpack for easy transport and storage. When you’re ready to get out on the water, unroll, inflate, and you’re off on your paddling adventure.

With this inflatable kayak, there’s no need for expensive roof racks, no heavy lifting required, and you’ll never have a problem with storage issues like you do with bulky, heavy, hardshell kayaks.

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.

Sea Eagle proves their superiority in the inflatable boat industry with the 473rl RazorLite 2 person inflatable kayak. This unique kayak has hull walls and floor made entirely from drop-stitch construction. It’s the world’s first of this kind.

Sea Eagle’s drop-stitch materials are created by joining the outer fabric layers of each panel with tens of thousands of high-tensile strength threads. This construction technique allows the kayak’s hull walls and floor to be inflated to 10 psi. This is much higher than the 3-4 psi inflation pressure of other inflatable kayaks.

The 10 psi inflation level of the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite provides superior rigidity and strength that rivals the performance of any hardshell kayak in its class while being extremely light and portable. Just roll this kayak up into its backpack for easy transport and storage. When you get the itch to kayak, throw it in the back of your car and go.

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.

Straight Hull Design

Sea Eagle RazorLite inflatable kayak straight hull design.

The straight hull design of the Sea Eagle 473rl RazorLite inflatable kayak with a very narrow, 25″ width at waterline maximizes the kayak’s Length Water Line (LWL). The straight hull combined with the kayak’s uniquely designed bow and stern and the tapered sidewalls yields paddling speeds as fast as any hardshell kayak.

Length Water Line (LWL) is a boating performance term used to ascertain hull speed and refers to a hull’s length measurement at the boat’s waterline. Kayaks with a longer LWL are typically faster.

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 come with RazorLite kayaks have 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

The Sea Eagle RazorLite series of inflatable kayaks are certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This certification confirms that RazorLite kayaks have been manufactured to meet the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards for design, construction, and safety.

Guarantee and Warranties

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 3-Year Limited Warranty: 3-year limited warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Sea Eagle 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty: In addition to the limited 3-year warranty, Sea Eagle offers a 3-Year Extended Hull Warranty to give you 6-years of total warranty against any manufacturing defects.

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

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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