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Old 09-21-2011   #1
Truckee, California
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My 'new' original design AIRE Puma

Well, I said I was going to wait until I found a good deal. I thought it would take a few months, but a solid boat at the right price came my way. A big thanks to Whoapiglet for linking me to it in the Trib 9.5 thread (New to the forum - enjoy R2 (Trib 9.5?))

For $380, I got an original design AIRE puma. The best part? It has never been used. Second best? Stored indoors semi inflated. I couldn't believe the condition it was in - PVC, valves, zippers, laces, even the AIREcells. Everything looked absolutely brand-new. The bottom doesn't even has a scuff. On my grad student budget, I couldn't be happier (although I do plan on replacing the foam floor inserts with an AIREcell...packability)

I've got a few questions:

1) I don't want to spend $535 on a new puma floor AIREcell, it's just too much. I've been told that a AIRE Tomcat IK floor cell might work, or a trib 9.5. Does anyone have input/ideas?

2) Because I got the boat for less than i planned to spend, I can now get a better pfd than what I've been using. Has anyone tried the stohlquist rocker or brik? I want something that wont interfere with aggressive swimming/paddling, and these two looked comfortable/good deals

3) I was going to pick up some standard or outfitter carlisle paddles, but I figured someone on the BUZZ might have a ton of these lying around and feel like unloading 2 or 4. Just a thought, let me know!

I should have wiped down some of the dust, and used a better camera than my phone, but I've attached two pictures.

Excited to take the new R2 craft out!
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Old 09-22-2011   #2
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Wow great deal. Hope its not stolen

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 09-22-2011   #3
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Looks great-

Couldn't wait for the weekend huh?

I'd call joe at RM rafts in CO. he's closing his shop and has great deals right now. he'll ship anywhere.
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Old 09-22-2011   #4
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I used a Stohlquist pfd for two years and was satisfied with the quality. I only upgraded to a different brand this year so I could have a rescue pfd. Most pfds at a retail store that deals specifically in whitewater gear should fit your needs. The most important aspect to keep in mind is how it fits. Too small and it could restrict your movement or be uncomfortable causing you to do something uncool like unbuckle while on the river. Too big and it could come off when you really need it (while swimming). Have fun with your awesome buy!
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Old 09-22-2011   #5
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Originally Posted by Whoapiglet View Post
Looks great-

Couldn't wait for the weekend huh?
Since it was sold by a sailing center, I had to go during business hours. Although I was pretty eager to get down there and snap it up .
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Old 09-22-2011   #6
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just get a yakima rack, or brand of your choice for your car and strap the foam on top, wait till you have money to get the right air floor

not totally origional design, it has the newer Aire logo

steel of a deal man!
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Old 09-22-2011   #7
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As someone who has an original design Puma and totally loves it, I have to say I have had nothing but trouble with the aire cell floor. I'd stick with foam. Or I'll buy your foam if you decide to replace it
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Old 09-22-2011   #8
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Foam floor Pumas are sweet. Good score. If you want the air floor, get it direct from Aire. You still get a pretty good deal and the boat will be basically brand new!
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Old 09-22-2011   #9
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Man I'm excited to take it out, maybe I'll get to mess around with it in the Truckee (after the Boca res confluence) in the next month or so. If not though, I might have to wait until spring. That would be tough.
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That might qualify for a thread about the best deals out there - ever. Nice find. Enjoy your new ride.

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