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The Professional Grade Sit-In Inflatable Kayak
The Escape 1 is the world’s greatest sit-in inflatable kayak. Built with everyday comfort and performance in mind, this kayak will provide a superior paddling experience in any water. The Escape 1 will take you anywhere you want to go. From rivers to lakes and even oceans, this kayak is a dream come true. This boat is perfect for trips down larger rivers or an expedition trip up the coast for adventures usually reserved for composite kayaks. The Escape 1 is an adventure in a bag!
Grabner Escape 1
Escape 1 Features & Innovations
The Escape 1 is a professional grade kayak. It also happens to be inflatable for easier storage and transportation. This kayak will take you anywhere, and is durable enough to get you back.
Rubber deck keeps you and your gear dry, even in the worst of conditions. There are 4 deck support ribs that rigidize the deck skin.
Inflatable seat with additional high backrest is comfortable for any size paddler and provides plenty of ergonomic back support.
Ample storage and tie-down locations make this kayak well suited for expedition adventures.
Escape 1 Features & Innovations
Ergonomic design and ample storage space make the Escape 1 an ideal kayak choice for any serious paddling enthusiast.
The Escape 1 is designed to be a sporty all-around kayak. It is smooth through the water, gliding from stroke to stroke with ease thanks to its long and sleek waterline. The Escape 1 goes feature-for-feature with many popular composite kayaks, making this the ideal alternative to a composite sea kayak.
Designed for Excellent Control
The unique V-shaped hull design stabilizes the Escape 1 and provides it with excellent tracking. The enlarged upper tube hugs the paddler’s hips for superior boat control and ample buoyancy when edging.
The permanently installed waterproof deck is made with the same rubber skin used to construct the hull of this kayak. The deck keeps the paddler and interior of the kayak dry, increasing comfort while paddling and decreasing pack away time, no need to dry out the inside before packing it away.
The cockpit can be covered with an optional sprayskirt for additional protection in rough waters or on cold days.
Thanks to the flat deck the Escape 1 is not adversely affected by strong winds and can hold a course even in a crosswind.
Easy Access Bow Net
Large bow net allows for storage of loose items, such as water bottles and other equipment that needs to be close at hand. The support lines for the net also provide a place to clip on other bags and gear.
Ample Storage for Any Adventure
Under the waterproof deck you will find ample space for bags and gear. Optional custom fitted dry bags for the bow and stern provide safe storage for gear that needs extra protection. Deck mounted drybags are also available for longer expeditions and carrying capacity.
Durable and Robust
The rubber material is strong and capable of withstanding collision with rocks and scraping on shallow bottoms. A strong plastic strake protects the bow from any head on impacts.
Touring Level Comfort
The high quality inflatable seat allows for infinite adjustment to position and firmness. A high backrest and a flat seat bottom keeps your back feeling good and your center of gravity low.
Infinitely adjustable footrests provide a firm place to push your feet on, making the boat feel like an extension of your body. The optional rudder pedals mount onto these footrests for easy steerage!
The included stern bracket allows you to mount an optional rudder or Torqeedo Ultra-Light outboard.
Escape 1 Technical Specs
TAME THE WHITEWATER OR CRUISE THE LAKE
Grabner offers their boats in a unique way. They sell the base boat, with no extras so you can use the gear you already have or purchase the perfect loadout for your adventures from their expansive accessory offering. Please check out our recommendations below for how to properly outfit your new kayak to best suit your use case and needs.
The Right Paddle, Right Now
Everyone who kayaks paddles their own way. It is sometimes an expensive game of trial and error to find the paddle that best fits you and your style. Grabner and Red Beard Sailing have a narrow and specific selection of paddles so that you can determine the right paddle for your needs, the first time.
This accessory kit rounds out your kayak purchase. This kit provides a bag, pump and paddles so you can get on the water and start enjoying your new kayak right away!
Why Red Beard Recommends
Everything in this kit is carefully selected to provide a perfect starting point when selecting the gear you need to get the best possible experience in your new kayak. The Escape 1 is a professional grade inflatable kayak, capable of competing with composite kayaks, this kit is the perfect launching pad for making your kayak your own.
Accessory Kit Includes:
1 Hand Air Pump, 1 Fiberglass 4pc Paddle, 1 High Backrest, 1 Whitewater Apron, 1 Backpack with Wheels, 1 16ft Boat Line, 1 Bottle of Boat Skin Conditioner, 1 Rudder Kit
The best way to make a kayak the perfect fit for you is to make it your own with Grabner’s world class selection of kayak accessories. Below you will find all of the available accessories for the Grabner Escape 1 kayak.
Low Angle Aluminum Kayak Paddle
This low-angle kayak paddle, similar in ergonomics to a greenland paddle, is ideal for relaxed recreational kayaking or for touring. Also great for any paddlers with back or shoulder pain.$120
High Angle Fiberglass / Carbon Kayak Paddle
Ultra-lightweight and balanced power. This paddle is very comfortable to use and generates a lot of power with each stroke. This is the ideal paddle for the Escape 1.$200
This motor bracket is required to mount a Torqeedo 403 A motor. Add this accessory to your cart when adding one of the motors listed below.$455
Collapsible Kayak Dolly
Lightweight dolly for transporting fully inflated kayaks on land. Can be collapsed and taken with you for portages along the way.$115
Collapsible Transport Cart
Lightweight 2-wheel cart for transporting gear or un-inflated kayaks. Can be collapsed and taken with you for transport assistance on your journeys.$235
Deluxe Inflator Pump
Automatic 2-stage inflator pump with a built in gauge. This is objectively the best and most reliable electric inflator on the market.$149
Fore / Aft Fitted Dry Bags
These bags fit on top of the deck and expand your dry storage capacity. This prevents loss of cargo in the event of a capsize.$185
These fitted bags fit under the deck and in the bow and stern peaks. These bags maximize dry storage in the Escape 1 and make organization of your expedition gear easy!$65
The apron will keep your lower body and inside of the boat dry in whitewater and wet weather. Universal fit is perfect for any paddler.$80
Boat Skin Conditioner 1L
This proprietary conditioner keeps your rubber hulls in great condition. Keeps fabric from drying out, prevents aquatic growth and even makes the boat faster through the water!$45
Glue-on Stabilizing Fin
In some cases, you may prefer a skeg over a rudder. This glue-on fin is what you will want in those cases.$85
Rudders make every padding experience better. More control is never a bad thing! This complete rudder kit comes with everything you need to install a rudder on an Escape 1.$195
This backpack has wheels so you can drag it behind you. This is great for use as a luggage bag when you take your Escape 1 kayak on vacation with you. This backpack is included in the accessory kit.$169
Let Technology Do the Paddling for You!
Kayaks are amazingly well designed boats. They are stable due to their low center of gravity and are very hydrodynamic allowing them to be propelled easily, even by small muscle groups such as shoulders and arms. It is time to take advantage of the kayak’s design and leave behind manual paddling! Electric motors are reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly. An electric motor will free your hands so you can dedicate them to a fishing rod for easier landing of the big catch, a pair of binoculars for easier bird watching, or any other activity that would require two hands. Give in to the dark side and embrace the way of electric propulsion!
Built in GPS
Did you know that Torqeedo motors have built in GPS and a screen that displays real time range, runtime and speed? It also allows you to easily troubleshoot with error code readouts. Don’t guess with other brand’s display free designs. Torqeedo makes it easy to own and use an electric outboard!
Torqeedo 403 AC$2299
This electric motor is light in weight and provides ample propulsion to get you to your destination (or back) with ease! The Grabner motor mount (add to your cart from the above accessory list) provides a perfect and custom fit of this little motor so you can mount and be on the water in mere minutes.
- Faster than paddling
- Easier than paddling
- Extends paddling
- Paddling into the wind becomes trivial
- Rechargeable via wall outlet or solar
- Environmentally friendly
1 Motor, 1 915Wh Lithium Battery, 1 Control Unit, 1 90w AC Charger, 1 USB Adapter for charging other devices from battery, 1 Magnetic Kill Switch
Additional Compatible Outboards
Sometimes the motor we recommend isn’t the best for everyone’s particular needs or situation. Please check out these other motors for alternatives to our above recommendation.
Torqeedo 403 A
The exact same motor as the 403 AC, but with a lower capacity and less expensive battery.$1799
Resources & Support
Grabner provides a 24-month total warranty on all boats and a 7-year warranty on the boat-skin. For full details on what is covered in the warranty reference the Grabner manual here.
24 months total-warranty / 7 years boat-skin-warranty
Escape 1 Reviews
Highly environmentally friendly and sustainable, Grabner boats are the most environmentally friendly on the world market.
- The boat skin inside coating is made of renewable natural rubber.
- The boat skin can be 100% recycled. This recovers 95% of the primary energy.
- The boat skin does not contain PVC! No toxic plasticizers! No poisonous chlorine!
- Grabner boats have an unsurpassed lifespan of several decades, instead of throwing away after a short time!
- The boat skin is manufactured to the highest EU environmental standards in Germany.
- Easy to repair: The Grabner factory service handles repairs quickly, professionally and will not let you down.