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Old 03-03-2011   #11
Rainy Northwest, Washington
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Aire Outfitter

Check out the aire outfitter IK. Like a Lynx, but with bigger tubes. Buddy of mine has one, loves it.

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Old 03-03-2011   #12
San Juan Islands, Washington
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If you have some hardshell experience I don't think you'll be very happy with the performance of a tandem when paddled solo. I have two IKs, a Lynx II and a Sotar solo boat, I picked up the Aire thinking I'd use it solo and add the second seat when my gf wanted to come along, This worked out until she took a high water swim and then wasn't interested in getting back in the boat. The Lynx is very stable but really too big to paddle solo and do anything more than get you down the river. Now the Lynx gets most of it's use in the sound, paddling around in front of the house, or loaded up hauling gear when I do an overnight by myself. After a few months of owning the Aire I bought the Sotar because I wanted something smaller with better performance, It's a much better boat to paddle solo and I don't feel like I'm guiding a barge down the river.
I have several friends over 200lbs. who paddle IKs (myself included) and the only boat I've ever heard of that's too small is the Aire Force.

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Old 03-03-2011   #13
Prescott, Arizona
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Originally Posted by xena13 View Post
So what are the positives of the bladder design?
Easy patching. Easy replacement of the bladder if needed. The outer hull doesn't hold the air, it just acts as the wear layer. You could have all the outer PVC coating worn off the hull right down to the fabric and it wouldn't affect the abilty of the boat to hold air one bit. A debilitating rip in a hypalon boat can be much less of an issue in an AIRE product, especially if you carry a spare bladder. But even if you don't, usually a simple stitching of the outer hull and some duct tape on the rip of the bladder and you're on your way.
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Old 03-03-2011   #14
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Originally Posted by swiftwater15 View Post
Check out the aire outfitter IK. Like a Lynx, but with bigger tubes. Buddy of mine has one, loves it.
Right now I am considering a used Outfitter, the Lynx sounds a little more advanced, but maybe what I should get is something better than a Tomcat (longer lasting, better maneuverability) but still relatively stable. I can see how the extra bouyancy could make it a bit dicey in high water, lots of high-siding and paddle bracing maybe! If I can find a used Lynx and a used Outfitter, then my choice becomes more difficult...

Does anyone have experience in similar water with both a Lynx and Outfitter (one-person versions)? I'd be curious what the difference is since they are so similar (with the Outfitter having the larger tubes, maybe less chance of falling out? but tougher to climb back into! .

Please keep the comments coming, though, I am learning a lot by reading everyone's posts!

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Old 03-03-2011   #15
Prescott, Arizona
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If you want additional thoughts from frequent IK users/dealer, there is a lot of good information at The Boat People's website: Inflatable kayaks - The Boat People / Inflatable Kayaks Specialists

They have multiple pages of IK's (solo and tandem) as well as a good FAQ section that can help to educate as well. Included are good comparisons of the different models as far as performance goes. Be forewarned, they are huge AIRE fans, so that should be considered when reading their descriptions, but I have talked with Lee at TBP a few times on the phone and emailed him with questions and inquiries many other times, and found him to be a great guy and honest in his answers. This was one of my resources when I was deciding on which IK's to purchase as it is sometimes difficult to find first-hand knowledge regarding IK's.

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