Originally Posted by ob1coby
Is there a resource somewhere that shows these problems? I heard that same thing before I bought mine. I did tons of searches and searching, but I was only able to find a couple of people that had any problems, (and a lot of complaining from a couple of the same people) and I couldn't find any indication that those were anything unusual from any other raft. In fact through out my searches I was more convinced that they had stop making them due to the high cost of the material, but I have no proof one way or the other. That was just my experience.
No, it's just internet rumor (started by a guy here on the buzz) that won't die. I love my 14 ft revo, I have given up running my 14 ft hyside because of it and I'm also a little disappointed when we end up taking my new fishing partner's aire instead of my revo (he has a fishing frame). Those boats just aren't the same.
I've been running mine for 3 years now and have been super impressed by the fabric, and it makes for a super responsive easy rowing boat. The material has had several run ins that showed me just how tough it is, one time my raft was picked up by a dust devil, fully loaded w/ camp gear, and was slammed down on top of sharp beavercut sticks and then DRAGGED off of them (because was too heavy for me to get off any other way). Not even a scratch. There have been one or two other times with very sharp objects that have impressed me.
I talked to a friend of mine who does the nrs warranty repair, and from what he's told me the material does tend to "run" a little more *IF*
it does get torn, but from what I've seen, I'm not gonna worry about it. The material did in fact go through a large price increase and would have pushed the price up significantly