Originally Posted by AKHiker
How long has anyone owned a tomcat? The 1 yr warranty scares me a little. Take it on flatwater much?
I'm not looking much at WW here but do want to do at least a few WW trips in the next year or so.
I have owned a tomcat for a little less than a year, it has seen some class II-III and some "flat" water (the Columbia river in Oregon is flat but swift in places), the tomcat did better on flatwater than my NRS bandit largely because of its weight (36 lbs vs 17) but it was still a struggle; and not very enjoyable to paddle for this use. Stay away if your intention is to paddle a lot of flat water.
On whitewater, the Tomcat is enjoyable and totally worth the money. I know people that have had them for several years of relatively hard use with no significant issues. The adage, "you get what you pay for" comes to mind, and what I am currently getting with my Tomcat, is well worth the price. I'll say it again...if the Lynx is within your budget, there is no doubt it is a superior boat. Can't beat the 10 year no fault warranty.