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Old 11-03-2013   #11
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In my opinion, water drainage is about the same. Both IK's will always have some water drainage issues especially if you are paddling class III - IV water. Obviously having water in you boat will effect the performance of the boat, but that will happen with either boat. On the plus side, the Outlaw seating width is 4.5 inches wider than the Tomcat. This will provide a larger displacement of water when and if the boat takes on too much water. The overall length, width, bow/stern rocker and floor stiffness of the outlaw will provide you with the best experience. I currently instruct individuals in both IK's, the Tomcats are the last to be used!

As for the performance of the Outlaw on drops, it is far superior than the tomcat because of it's higher rocker profile in the stern/bow. The outlaw is 18 inches bow/stern while the tomcat is 13 inchs bow and stern. Also the floor of the Outlaw is 4 times stiffer than the tomcat, which means that the outlaw is far less likely to fold or pancake when you hit the drop or breaking wave.

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Old 11-03-2013   #12
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Agree with Gtown's points although I can't say that it's better than a tomcat because I've never been in one. I don't think it drains slowly. When it's full, it drains fast enough. I'm 175 and always have a damp seat. The wet seat may have something to do with incorrect floor inflation. It's difficult to judge how much air to give it - not experienced with the high pressure recommended - and I don't have a gauge. It's very stable and forgiving but fairly quick for an IK. Mine intentionally went over the large rock and into the big hole (left) at Boxcar on the Deschutes but didn't flip after quite a few spins. After 300 miles we still haven't flipped it. I don't like the seat and replaced it with a Cheetah. When faced with the same decision earlier this summer, I purchased the Outlaw because of weight - it's easy to flip up on a raft - and I was looking for something sporty on the water. The stability was a nice surprise.

A friend slept in it for 6 nights and loved it. It's very comfortable slightly deflated.

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Old 11-03-2013   #13
Cottonwood, Arizona
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Jimm, I think I mentioned before that I've been running a Tomcat Solo since 06. I just keep learning more and more things that it's capable of doing. BUT....I've pretty much maxed out it's limits. If I were at the crossroad you're at, I would seriously consider the Tandem. Longer, and wider due to the larger tubes - it can handle a substantial load, and is extremely stable. I wouldn't consider the longer length too much of an issue if running solo on a light day trip - seen it done over and over again without problem. Just though I'd throw that out there.
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