Would Long Legs Be An Issue When Paddling The Sunny Inflatable Kayak?

I am currently researching to determine which Innova kayak model would best suit me and my perceived uses. So far I’m honing in on the Sunny. I am 6’3 1/2 inches tall and weigh 185 lbs. Will my long legs pose any issues that you are aware of?

You should have no problem in the Sunny. The Sunny EX has an aft seat that is adjustable fore-and-aft so that the person sitting there can use the lower part of the front seat as a foot rest. I am 6′ 2″ with a 34″ inseam and I paddle the Sunny with the aft seat in the middle adjustment. It can go back at least another 6″ to accommodate almost any leg length imaginable.

If you are paddling the Sunny EX solo, the forward seat is turned around to face the other end of the kayak, and what was the aft seat is removed and replaced with a foot rest pad that is then adjustable fore-and-aft. The tracking is then moved to the opposite end, and you as a solo paddler are positioned in the middle of the kayak and thus balanced in a cross wind.

What is the Difference between Innova Sunny and Innova Helios II inflatable kayaks?


The Sunny and the Helios II inflatable kayaks are about the same length width and weight. Which one is best for you depends on how much of the time you would be paddling solo versus with a partner. Either kayak can be paddled solo or double, but the Sunny is a somewhat better solo kayak and the Helios II is a somewhat better double kayak.

Here’s why. The Sunny seats tie-in and the boat can be setup with a single paddler in the middle of the boat, with the other seat replaced by an adjustable footrest. Being in the middle of the kayak means that the boat is balanced in a crosswind, and neither end will weathercock away from the wind. The Helios II can also be paddled solo from the fixed aft seating, and to counteract the weathercocking of the kayak the optional rudder can be used — by taking a cut into the crosswind. But we would give the edge to the Sunny for solo paddling.

For double paddling the Helios II is a little better than the Sunny because the paddler in front will stay drier paddling into a chop. They sit a little further aft in the Helios II than in the Sunny, and the Helios has more foredeck protection. The Helios II’s optional rudder also gives very positive foot control of steering when paddling double, whereas the Sunny requires paddle steering.

So if you are going to be paddling primarily solo, but occasionally double, go with the Innova Sunny. Conversely, if you are buying your inflatable kayak for double paddling, the Innova Helios II is hard to beat. The Helios II has been picked for the Readers’ Choice Award from Sea Kayaker magazine for the “Best Inflatable Kayak” both times the 3-year award has been given — for a term of 6 years.

Innova Sunny as a Double in Difficult Weather – they made it!

The main difference between the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak and the Innova Helios 2 inflatable kayak is as follows:

* If you paddle mostly with a partner, get the Helios 2
* If you paddle mostly solo, get the Sunny

When paddling the Helios 2, solo, you can pack the fore area with gear.

When paddling the Sunny with two, you may take on water on gusty days. Below are some photos of a gusty day in November — two men in a Sunny.

Fin Kit for Sunny

I purchased a Sunny before it started being produced and shipped with a detachable fin standard. Is it possible to purchase a fin to attach to the older model Sunny?

We have fin kits for $50 plus shipping. The kit includes the fin, hardware, 2 fin attachment patches, and adhesive. Please call (360) 707-2855 to place your order.