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Fast and stable.
One is fun and two is a riot. In the Aire Outfitter II Tandem Inflatable Kayak, you and a paddling pal can bounce along some middling rapids without worrying about unintended dips in the drink. The wide hull on this rugged rapid-ripping kayak keeps you riding high above the water when you see more white spray than smooth, cool blue (water, that is). Elevated tips and a flat bottom let you spin and slip through tight squeezes. If you're going it alone on a two-week Alaska expedition, this stable waterbaby handles lots of your gear and photo equipment, so you can be ready if you get graced with the Northern Lights.
PVC on the outside is rough, tough, and ready to rumble on class II and III fun. The large tube diameter, continually curved from end to end, and low seat position work together to limit your accidental adventures overboard. The internal AIREcell system is what buoys this boat. Between the float and PVC, you get a stiff, responsive boat for fun on the flats or foam. One-way marine Leafield B7 valves come with protective caps, so you don't have to worry about springing a leak halfway down the river.
Two chairs are set low in the boat, keeping your center of gravity near the water surface for increased stability. The chairs each have a large storage pocket and a bottle holder, and they can be removed to cushion your tush when you're having lunch on a rocky bit of shoreline. Two carry handles make it easy for you and your boating buddy to tote this 46-pound pleasure craft. Sixteen cargo loops let you hit the water fully equipped for just about anything.
- 12ft 5in length
- 41in width
- 12.5in tube diameter
- Self-bailing floor
- 1100D PVC outer fabric
- Airecell urethane air bladders
- Three air chambers
- Leafield C7 valves
- Two removable seats included
- Item #ARE000T
- Q & A
Happiness is being an Aire Head!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my first Aire brand product and I now understand why they have such devoted customers. This IK was purchased to allow me to do self supported multi-day river trips in the south west. Its very first time on the water was a five day self supported kayaking trip on the San Juan River (Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing). Using a double action air pump, it only takes about 5-8 minutes to fully inflate the three air chambers. With the numerous gear loops, strapping in my dry bags and other gear was very easy. All the gear loops also allow quick adjustment of your seat and thigh straps. The San Juan trip required paddling of class III rapids so thigh straps and using an Aire inflatable seat as a foot brace definitely made passage through the rapids safer and secure. The flow rate on the river was low (650 cfs) so there were many rocky rapids to negotiate. The thick material on the outside of the Aire Outfitter II didn't even show any damage after rubbing up against rocks. This IK has a 10 year No Fault warranty and I'm sure they don't get too many that they have to repair or replace since the IK is pretty bomb proof! This trip was my first time paddling a fully loaded tandem IK and it really didn't take long to get into the rhythm. Compared to my other IK (NRS Bandit) the inflatable floor keeps you up out of the water most of the time. The drain holes work very efficiently too. The carrying capacity of this IK is 525lbs, so it has lots of capacity to haul all the water for a 7 day or longer trip. I highly recommend this make and model of IK for people wanting to do multi-day white water river trips. After numerous rapids, I was very pleased with how it handles and its ability to handle big waves.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I finally decided to pull the trigger on this Aire kayak after the one in our Backcountry.com gear closet was finally put to rest. This boat can take a serious beating, run class IV no problem and fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of most vehicles. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to inflate with the NRS Super Pump so you can get on the river real quick.
I purchased this IK in Feb. to add to my river quiver of toys. I was torn between the single and tandom, and finally realized its for family river trips with kids to have fun. I only used it once so far on a solo 3 day San Juan trip as a shake down float. This thing can carry a ton of gear and supplies. I loaded it up with all the req'd BLM gear, firepan, toilet,etc..With the larger tubes the Outfitter draws less than the Lynx model. You sit deeper in the boat, which provides the stability but can also feel like you need to reach over the tubes to paddle, I used a 230cm paddle and it seemed fine. I packed dry bag behind the cheetah seat which gave great backrest, thought this seat was fine, and created a bulkhead for my feet with another dry bag in front and recommend the thigh straps. At first I was a bit bow heavy and boat wandered a bit but easily compensated with small corrective paddle strokes, and once I evened out the weight no prob. If it wanted to spin i would let it ,go with the flow, backpaddling is good too. All loaded i was able to catch eddies and even surf a small wave, I had a lot of stuff, I'm 5'7",140#'s and with gear about another 100#'s and boat had no problem.
There are loops every 6" to strap your gear in and adjust the location of your seat/seats. Floor has a auto purge valve to prevent overinflation, and I kept the sides rock hard. You can easily do week long "low water trips" mid-fork,selway etc..looking forward to those and for my daughter and her friends to tandom this thing on the main, or cabarton run.
Its an AIRE so you know its a quality boat that will provide years of entertainment. Hope this helps, Cheers BD
Aire Inflatables are rock solid
I rode on an Aire Tandem inflatable one time on a river rafting trip and had so much fun that I had to get my own. Aire kayaks are rock solid inflatables that have been put to the test. The outfitter II is perfect for us because we wanted more stability in the rough stuff. There is ample space behind the rear passenger for gear / supplies or I even have room for a full cooler if I'm running solo. Great buy.