Originally Posted by boldtwatermann
So I just got off the phone with NRS. Here's the final result: I am going to exchange it for the more tried and true Otter 130. I'll be paying a bit more for it (obviously) but I'll trust it more as well.
As far as the new material goes, I've still got questions about it's durability. If I got another one, I'd want to get the whole bottom (floor and tubes) covered in a high build urathane coating for increased urathane coating. For me, this time it's cheaper to upgrade to the more durable raft.
Bumping this thread as it seems like the most logical place to ask if any Buzzards have any further update on the durability of the "revolution" (Urethane coated nylon) fabric? I have a line on a demo NRS Osprey 13.5 ft (with full warranty) that I am thinking about adding as a second boat. I have been really surprised how little information I have found on this topic after the initial launch of the line of boats.
Second, I thought I would ask about the design of the Osprey in general. It seems a bit strange to me and I thought I would ask if anyone had any first hand experience with one. Some odd things that I notice:
1. A 13.5' boat with 18" tubes? my 12' has 18" tubes. Why so small? A nearly 14' boat that is going to be a bathtub with a 5 man paddle team and a cooler?
2. So narrow? It is a 13.5 foot boat that is not even 6' wide. This seems like a stability issue in technical whitewater. Am I just being a newb (which I am) for feeling like this is not a good boat for somebody new to whitewater paddle guiding III+ to IV water?
3. Tiny thwarts...they are 11". Why? Just cost? Also, I don't see replacements for sale at nrsweb.com. Probably order able?
4. How is this material to patch? I assume it is similar to hypalon? Hypalon footcups?
5. Worth it to put a more serious Urethane coating on the bottom of the tubes/floor? I have no idea how expensive this might be.
Side note: The OP's boat appears to still be for sale from NRS as of 5/29/2012. It is listed as a used boat and they disclose the repair at the bottom of the ad. USED NRS Revolution 130 SB Raft - Closeout at NRSweb.com