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Old 11-18-2014   #1
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Are these actually Avon?

I'm looking at trading my exped cat for a raft this winter. I have been intrigued by AVON and I stumbled across this.

AVON Professional River Raft UAB

Are these actually AVON or some weird relationship that zodiac is using to market theirs?

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Old 11-18-2014   #2
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I remember reading here that Zodiac took over Avon

Who's your monkey?
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Old 11-18-2014   #3
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I saw one from a distance on the Rogue this fall. The lines were all AVON despite the black d-rings. I didn't get a chance to talk to the owner unfortunately.
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Old 11-18-2014   #4
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Sorry, I just found a few other posts that answered my question. Should have done a search first. Thanks
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Old 11-19-2014   #5
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This is what Zodiac Int'l is building now. Same fabric, probably, as the post-98/99' Avons, which is about when Zodiac bought out the line. Good boats but they dropped the Avon name a couple years ago. As for fabrics, only pre-98/99' Avon boats have the original double-sided hypalon that Avon was known for. Hyside, also, uses double-sided hypalon. The current fabric from Zodiac (USB) is similar to NRS and is good stuff buy IMHO only double-sided hypalon will last as long as the original Avons are (still) lasting.
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Old 11-20-2014   #6
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Zodiac, Hyside, and NRS expeditions are the best boats IMO. You will be stoked if you score a Zodiac. You'll be turning heads at the put in also.

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