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Old 09-12-2012   #1
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Aire 156E vs. 160 Double D?

Looking for observations and opinions on the differences between the Aire 156E and the new 160 Double D. I have recently sold my Aire 143E needing to upgrade to a larger boat to better handle multi-day family trips in Colorado Plateau region, Idaho, etc.—Thanks!

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Old 09-12-2012   #2
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The E series is more of a wave puncher. The D series will put more water in your face due to the diminished tubes. The doube D is even more of a dramatic taper and will put even more water in your face. The R series will displace more water than the rest.

One thing to keep in mind is that the straight section on the 156E is pretty short considering it's size. (much smaller frame)

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Old 09-12-2012   #3
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Double Ds are fun.
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Old 09-12-2012   #4
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Just did a Middle Fork Salmon trip with a guy who had a 160DD. Best setup I have seen in person to date. His boat was loaded and was very nimble. Pretty shocking how much cargo that thing can hold. I was quite jealous! If i ditched my 143D, I would purchase a 160DD over any other boat on the market.
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Old 09-13-2012   #5
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The E series are really designed to be paddle boats. They like to move forward. The stern is very low and wide which isn't good for hitting holes backwards. Not that I've ever missed my line and had to run a rapid backwards in our 156E.
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Old 09-13-2012   #6
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DD in urethane will be my next boat! Haven't rowed one yet, but I love the design!
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Old 09-13-2012   #7
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What are they like to roll/store?
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I bought a 156R this spring. Just rolled it a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot easier to roll than the Maravia it replaced.

It's probably 3.5' long x 3' wide x 1.5' high rolled.
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Old 09-15-2012   #9
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The problem with rolling Aire boats, unless you get the sealed floor pocket option (I plan to for my DD when I'm rich...) is there's almost always some moisture trapped in there and mold and smell can be a problem. You really have to dry them out well before rolling.

I'm hoping for a 160DD on a trailer so it never gets rolled. If you roll a boat after a day on the water and pull it out weeks later, then repeat, an Aire might not be the best boat for you.

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