Taking a blow-up boat into the ocean sounds about as smart as betting on the Raiders, but inflatable technology has come a long way, as exemplified by the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak. This PVC tarpaulin hybrid has aluminum ribbing and a rigid stern that acts like a skeg, allowing it to track like a hard-shell boat. And it actually looks like the real thing, so you can impress those sun-bathing beauties on the beach with your paddling prowess—at least from a distance, anyway. The entire package compacts down to a 36-pound, 30″ by 17″ by 10″ bundle, making it easy to portage, fit in the back of a Mini Cooper and stow in a closet, urban apartment, or urban apartment the size of a closet. Get the $399 basic kit here.