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Old 06-07-2009   #81
missoula, Montana
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achilles vs nrs vs hyside

Originally Posted by wizz View Post
Achilles is super super heavy
very old school
if you can, stump up for an NRS hypalon, or better still, Hyside raft

So I compared the current specs and it seems like the Achilles is in the same weight category (120-130 lbs. for a 12 1/2 -13 foot self baler) as the commercial line of Hyside or NRS expedition series rafts. I think this is due to the heavy denier used on boats intended for commercial use. All 3 brands use hypalon and achilles appears to be made in the USA. I haven't had the chance to row a Hyside or NRS boat and I suspect that maybe the difference would be in how they feel on the water. Does anybody out there have rowing experience with all three brands?

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