I have three of these and have broken one after 1 hour of use. The blades are flemsy and will break if you are not careful. I don't think you could break them from just paddling. The slightest contact on the bottom can snap them. The handle is also a little flexy. Of course they are one piece so you need room in your car. I do like the way the grip feels. I reinforced one with carbon strips on both sides and I hope it adds some strength. If I break another I will change to another brand. I do like the paddle though
I bought this for a spare when doing the river in my duck. It appears to be very tough but it is very basic and heavy. The blades don't have as much power as the curved blades and the handle joint is a little sloppy. It does have two feather postions. The handle diameter is comfy. I would get it again as a spare but it would not be my first line paddle. Good value as a rental also.
I bought this boat and the Lynx I to use on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. The Ocoee has some class IV and a lot of class III +. I am new to big whitewater but have been paddling for years.
We love the Aire line of boats and have no regrets about either. I prefer the Lynx I for the class IV sections and the 2010 Force for the Class III sections. The Lynx has a little more rise in the front and the little extra length causes it to stay on top of the water better. The Lynx also bails faster because of the front and rear bail holes. Both boats seem stable but I have turned over in both of them from doing stupid stuff. If you keep them straight and moving they will get you through the big stuff.
The floor of the Force blows up a little strange and it is important to make sure the air bladder is straight in the floor system. Still it inflates a little crooked. It makes no difference in the way it paddles though. There is no pressure relief valve in the floor of the Force you you cannot over inflate it. Inflating it too low causes it to handle bad. The pressure must be close to correct and this is tough going from the sun to cold water. That is why it is nice to have room for a pump.
I think as I progress I will prefer the Force over the Lynx and that is why I bought both. The Force will be a blast as I become more familiar with the river. I do like the storage room on the Lynx. The Force has no room for a dry bag, extra paddle, pump or supplies. When paddling alone I always take the Lynx because I like having the gear with me.
Short story, the boats are very similar. They are both stable and paddle great. For bigger water I like the Lynx. For smaller water and playing I like the new Force. So the decision depends on where you paddle in my opinion.
The quality is great and we have no regrets with either. If you are having trouble deciding, I would go with the Lynx.
Hope this helps someone.
We bought the Lynx I and the new 2010 Force for use on the Ocoee river in Tennessee. We paddled both in flat water and I realized quickly that I wanted to use try the Lynx first in rapids. So I took it down to the middle Ocoee and set off. I am not an expert but have spent a good bit of time on the water in other boats. I dropped into the first class 4 and instantly realized I was in way over my abilities. I knew enough to follow the rafts so I contiued their lines through the rapid. To my surprise I spit out the bottom still in my boat. Wow! So on to the next and the next with perfect results each time. I couldn't believe what this boat carried me through. Of course I had to brace, pick my lines and be careful but I was thrilled. What a boat. I am not crazy about the seat, I bought thigh straps and added a righting strap. I don't regret this purchase at all and am now wondering if I should have bought two Lynx instead of the Force. We will see. But please, don't think you can jump in this boat and survive big water. It still takes some knowledge and planning. If you do your homework you will have success in this boat.
I don't understand the 9mm and the 20mm options. I thought mountain bikes were standard? Any help?
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