Boost your river-running skills.
- 19.5-inch bow and stern rise deflects waves and keeps all submarining tendencies at bay
- 12.5-inch-diameter tubes help create a balanced ride
- Outer PVC shell (manufactured under tension for added tear strength, durability, and dimensional stability) and AIREcell system (thermo-welded air-holding layer) for use year after year
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We have an aire canoe and love it, I have...
We have an aire canoe and love it, I have no double that these are the boats for whitewater. My question is will this Kayak handle and maneuver as well in slow moving as well as lake water.
Yes- the kayak will maneuver the same on any type of water as it is the boat's characteristics and not the water that determines how a boat handles. However, this is a boat that is short and maneuverable, but doesn't track in a straight line terribly well because that's what a whitewater boat needs to be maneuverable enough for whitewater. So, this boat will not go in a straight line super well, which is ideal for flatwater or slow moving water use. Unless you want a boat to practice whitewater techniques on flatwater.
Write your question here...HI, I have never...
Write your question here...HI, I have never paddled an inflatable boat, I have spent many years on the rivers and creeks in the Southeast, including things like section4 of the Chatooga, The upper Telico, The Ocoee and even the Gauley. I have always paddled an open Boat (Old Towne H2Pro) set up for solo whitewater, now that I am getting a little older, I want to get back into paddling, but amd not as nimble as I was "back in the day" so am wondering if an inflatable my be a good choice for my re-entry to paddling. Will probably do more conservative runs than before, stuff like section 3 andthe Ocoee etc. any reccomendations before I start shopping would be helpful .
I've been a pretty serious open boater for 25 years and my knees just won't let me do it anymore. I tried hard-shell kayaking but it's not for me. Anyway, you should try Aire's Force if you want something zippy. I've demoed the Outfitter and it's outstanding. In Class III wave trains it literally skips over the waves. They made it shorter and with more rocker than the Lynx, and it's very maneuverable. I would try all the Aire IK's, but I can say the Outfitter is a super boat. Really well-designed and I thought I never would paddle an IK.
I'm going down the Colorado for few days...
I'm going down the Colorado for few days in this inflatable and was wondering if anyone knew the storage capacity of this kayak. Can it hold a cooler and large drybag? That kind of info. would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
I would look into a mid-size or picnic sized cooler, nothing above a 24 qt. sized cooler. Maybe even look into the selcetion of cooler bags backcountry offers. Large drybag and midsized cooler, no problem. The Colorado should be pretty mellow but I would also invest in a good non-locking tie down strap in case you roll. Have fun.
I love mine !
I just got back from using my Outfitter on a New Years Week Trip. The first river I paddled was the Lower Tellico a Class 2-3 River in Tn. It performed MUCH better than my older IK ( Tomcat Solo ). The Outfitter was, as advertised, a lot more stable and manuverable than my old entry level IK. It went over rocks with ease not hannging up and handled wonderfully. The next day on Talking Rock Creek, Ga which is a Class 2 float trip the Outfiiter again came thru great, tracking straight on the slow parts and allowing me to serf the class 2 stuff with much more confidence. I used it the next day on the Cartacay River in Ga which is Class 2-3. The Cartacay has some bigger features than the previous day's adventure and thanks to the Outfitters Rocker it plowed thru the waves with ease. I was really impressed with it's handling on S-Turn Rapid. The last river I used the Outfitter on was Amicola Creek which is also a Class 2-3 river in Ga. The Outfitters stability was MUCH appreciated since the air temp was 25 degrees at the put in. The only problem that almost occured was at the last rapid which is Class 2+ and a known problem for sit on top kayak's. As the outfitter went over the pourover the right tube started to get sucked under but a quick brace righted the IK and I actually got to serf the rapid ! This is a Great Kayak for larger folk. I am 6 foot 3 inches and 270 Pounds so the extra width in the boat really is nice. SYOTR
Write your question here... Would 1100...
Write your question here... Would 1100 denier pvc kayak be a good choice for salt water backwaters and class 2 or 3 freshwater rivers.? Thanks, Mike
It would work for either, just be sure to rinse the salt water as well as any sand, grit, gravel, or gross nasties out of it before you store it. The biggest drawback with it in open flat water would be that it will catch wind like a sail and can become hard to maneuver...
Great Boat for big people
Paddled this down the Middle Middle section of the Sky river here in WA (class IIIs). This was a new one my friend kindly let me try his. it is an excellent boat, very nibble yet very stable and comfortable. I am 300#s and 6'8" so finding capacity and agility in a Ducky is tough. I also paddle whitewater about 1 per week. this is a great boat. Could easily handle anything you can as far as whitewater. I plan on buying one here shortly, based on how well it worked out for me a week ago. It is expensive because it is commercial grade design and quality. I have 3 other Aire boats, the company and products are outstanding!
I didn't buy this, but just used one a friend of mine owns, and let me borrow. It inflated easily, and seemed stable in the water. It did not feel as sturdy as a non-inflatable, but I used it in class 2 and it held up just fine. It doesn't have many of the luxuries of a non-inflatable, and it did get me wet, even in only minor waves. Thus, I feel this is a good product for its class, but I wasn't really impressed.