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Old 04-19-2013   #21
Enfield, New Hampshire
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Re above post..

Sorry, thats Hi Matt..

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Old 04-24-2013   #22
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Thanks again everyone - with all this info and my own digging on the www, I went ahead and ordered a 14' SOAR. I will report back with a report once I get it and get her on the water...

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Old 04-24-2013   #23
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I had a SOAR 12 and loved it. Sold it only because needed the cash. Thinking if I wanted an IK again I'd definitely look at the new SOAR 13'.
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Old 04-24-2013   #24
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Eagle Inflatable

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Hi Nick,
Can you post some more details re this Eagle boat, like the manufacturer, its ww characteristics, etc, and any vids of it in ww?It looks very intriguing. What are the hugely rockered ends for?
thanks a lot.
I cannot get to anything on FB.

Hey Jimmy - As I mentioned my buddy bought it years ago from The Boat People (noticed they also commented in your thread!). It's not been available for years. It is a knock-off of a Grabner. The closest I've seen is the Innova Orinoco (Innova Orinoco Inflatable Kayak - FREE SHIPPING) for a couple grand.

As for characteristics...

I love that it has full length of grommets allowing for multiple seat positions. It features thigh straps, three tubes, is self-bailing with inflated floor. Although all reports on boats of this design (upswept bow and stern/very square entry line...versus a V shape) are that it's sluggish...I've never had it fail me! I can turn it on a dime and it is BOMBER stable! That means you can put some weight in it and do a multi-day (and with raft support...well, carry more beer?!).

Two years ago on a Utah trip we had a raft wrapped on a rock and unable to reach it. I ran this Eagle between it and another rock, tied off, calmed the rafter down, transferred weight (raft was a*s-heavy) and freed it from the rock. Having that Eagle was the savior...and being able to do what I did was on account of what a stable platform it is.

As you can tell, I love this thing! There's not a trip on the Upper C where other people don't offer cash for it!

I'd love to get my butt in that Orinoco and put it through its paces...I think it'd be the same kind of boat.

Hope this helps...

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from somewhere on Colorado's Continental Divide...

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Old 04-25-2013   #25
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Mr. Laba:

There seem to be a number of common themes in this thread. Particularly that tons of people have seen and heard of SOAR, and most of the stories are enviously good or great. Most people have not had the opportunity to paddle one, and most people are apprehensive about spending the money to purchase one due to the unique nature of your bots' design and paddling characteristics. It seems that the same unique characteristics that make your boats valuable are also the source of aprehension with prospective buyers who have little to no experience with those characteristics.

However, there is nowhere in the Rocky Mountain region through Colorado or Utah to demo a SOAR.

Please consider setting up a local distributor or Livery so that rentals and Demos would be available. I would certainly LOVE to try one out and am always happy to pay a rental fee for Demos.

Best of Luck,

Tom Martin
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Old 05-13-2013   #26
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Thanks again for all the input from everyone..

Well, I bought me a 14' SOAR canoe.

First of all, the quality of the construction is impressive. It's built to last including an absolutely bomber neoprene coated hull. The grommet strips are rugged and really well designed. I'll need to add some D rings at some point.

The ride - I've only been out once for a quick float down the Roaring Fork riding tandem. I'm stoked for the promise the boat holds for me once I get some paddling practice in and make a little seating modification - need more lateral support. I have some ideas.. Boat SEEMS tippy - but is forgiving, and actually would take a bit to tip or flip. There's more of an issue of falling out - hence the seat modification. When we paddled properly it was maneuverable, responsive, and felt really stable overall and I know will suit my needs quite well.

I need to learn and practice river canoeing this boat, especially tandem. I found some youtube vids I need to watch, and of course practice on the river more.. I have a couple ww canoe paddles of different lengths, and a 240cm kayak paddle that I'll try out when I solo it. I think soloing will be easier. I'll report back next week when I'll be getting out a few times..

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