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Old 05-27-2015   #11
Jackson, Wyoming
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Diminished tubes = wetter ride upfront, in case that matters to you.

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Old 05-27-2015   #12
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E Series all the way. I've rowed all 3 and own an E. If you're mostly rowing / paddle guiding from the back, the square stern is super nice. The extra rocker with the pointed bow pierces thru waves and holes much better than the D and especially the R. Almost every commercial raft you see on the Upper Animas is an E series and for good reason.

It works fine as an oar rig too, I've taken mine on tons of 7+ day trips. If you are really stuck on the D or the R, I wouldn't even consider the R.

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Old 05-27-2015   #13
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The E series is also a great choice as said above. Aire has some really unique boat designs. Take advantage of them.
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Old 05-28-2015   #14
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R for hauling lots of gear
D for paddle boat/more minimal gear.

I don't like the look of the E series, but that's only my personal opinion, they paddle great.

D is definitely the wettest ride.

The D boats paddle like smaller boats. The R boats paddle like larger boats.
Very little difference in size or volume between my buddy's 143D and my 13.0 Trib (similar to the 13R).

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