Gear Review

5 5

Fun light inflatable

I used one of these Bandits for a trip on the Dolores River, and also down Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River. For the Dolores (lower flow) it was a blast, and could easily do class III water, even a run on Snaggletooth (class IV). I found it a little overloaded with two bigger guys... the tandem model shouldn't be used by two big paddlers if your hitting big water (easily on lakes and calm rivers though). Westwater was very fun in it too, and it had enough float to make me feel comfortable in the bigger class IV water. It is a little narrow which makes it tipsy, but still pretty stable for a boat being 24 lbs. You could almost roll it if you had thigh straps too (heard of some one doing this but never seen it). This is awesome river boat for class IV and below, and would be more than adequate on lakes and for recreational use.