Originally Posted by mcguire
I urge you to find a Aire lynx 2.
Hi Mcguire, curious if you have paddled an Aire Outfitter 2? I am still deciding between these two. The Lynx 2 is my favorite that I have rented. I can't find an Outfitter 2 to rent.
BTW JDSamsonite, I would stay away from the NRS outlaw II. I just rented one two weekends ago. This boat drains very poorly. There plenty of drainage holes, but the floor covers them completely. This is a huge design flaw, and I am surprised NRS doesn't fix it. I wonder if the Maverik2 has the same problem (it seems to in the photos). (Maverik2 is way overpriced and I would not even consider it, compared to Aire Lynx2 or Outfitter 2. Theboatpeople.com say the same thing).
This was also the first time I used thwart seats. They are comfortable enough, but they take up a huge amount of room in the boat, compared to the Aire seats. The Outlaw 2 we rented measured exactly 12 feet long (2 inches shorter than their spec). With those huge thwarts in there, there was very little room behind my seat for gear, and I am only talking an afternoon trip on the Snake; pump and a couple drybags. Also the front paddler had to sit too far forward for optimal performance, driving the nose of the boat down a bit. This boat was also less stable than I would have expected from the width and tube size.
If you want to stay under a grand = Tributary Tomcat 2.
If you want the best 2 person IK you can find, need to compare to Aire Lynx 2 and Outfitter 2. I would not buy something I can't see and sit in first, or better, paddle first.