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Old 02-29-2012   #1
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Tributary IKs

Can anyone comment on the difference between the Tomcat and the Strike?
Thinking tandem, but want to able to paddle it solo. Class III+. Overnight in Gunny Gorge, etc.


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Old 02-29-2012   #2
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The Strike has smaller tubes and less rocker, making it a better choice if you're wanting to paddle flatwater and whitewater with one boat.

Sounds like the Tomcat will be a better choice for what you're looking to do. With our experience, the tandem paddles great as a solo when you've got it loaded down with some gear.

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Old 02-29-2012   #3
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Price - you can get either Tomcat for almost 1/2 the price of the Strike right now via NRS. Keep in mind you only get a 1 year warranty on the Tomcat vs a 5 year on the Strike.

As far as single vs. double Tomcats there is a sizable weight difference between the two. 40lbs for the single, 54lbs for the double. Both also weigh more than the comparable Strike IKs.

A single will be better for running class III - easier to control - whereas the double has the extra room for gear and/or a second rider.
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Old 03-04-2012   #4
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Bump for any other thoughts out there.

I think I can get a deal on the Strike as well, so I think price will be pretty close. (Or close enough not to be an important factor.)

I guess my biggest question is WW performance. Close second would be handling when paddling the tandem as a solo.

Any other opinions?
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Have you called and spoken with someone at AIRE? If not give them a call on Monday. I've called them in the past with questions and their team is very knowledgeable. They should be able to answer your questions.

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Old 03-04-2012   #6
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I took a single Strike down gunny gorge at 1400 no flips or swims. I find the quality to be a bit better than the tomcat but not near anything like the lynx or outfitter.
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I think the difference is in bladder material.

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