jeremy

jeremy

jeremy

jeremy wrote an answer about on August 7, 2010

Yes, I agree with swingle12458599. When I was new to the sport, I paddled an Aire Lynx II (a tandem) with thigh straps and foot braces. I felt invincible running rapids, but it wouldn't eddy turn or ferry very well. Just remember though, that you'll need to keep running bigger water to keep up the thrill, or move to a more nimble boat for more river playing, however your taste and skill progression dictates. If moving to a more nimble boat, I recommend the Force XL. If you were a bit smaller, I'd recommend the Innova Safari. Have fun!

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jeremy wrote an answer about on August 7, 2010

Yes, most definitely do NOT use a Lynx I on an ocean trip. You'll HATE it! It was designed for whitewater stability and is a SLOW BARGE on flatwater. An Aire Super Lynx is designed for flatwater use and can also be used in mild rapids, but it is very heavy. I would suggest looking to Innova boats for your pleasure. They are light weight, strong, well designed, and their hull speeds cannot be matched except by hardshells. Hull speed is EVERYTHING on flatwater.

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jeremy wrote an answer about on August 7, 2010

I've owned both. The Lynx gives great stability but is a barge when it comes to surfing and ferrying. It's the best boat for big water river running, but as a creek playboat, it will wear you out fast. If you run smaller streams and enjoy playing the river, get the Force XL. The Force XL tends to grab rocks a bit when it is sideways and requires good bracing. Both boats are easy to get back into after a spill. The Lynx has storage space, the Force XL has no storage space but bails faster. If you never run over class III, have a good brace, and want an inflatable that performs like a hardshell and can actually j-lean, surf, ferry like a champ, and has plenty of storage room, skip the Aires and get an Innova Safari. The only drawbacks to the Safari are that getting back in after a spill is more difficult as it has the least stability of the three, and it bails water slower. Keep in mind - more stability, less performance. More storage space, less performance. It's a trade off. Happy boating :)

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