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Old 09-25-2016   #11
 
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I've been considering either adding another small boat or selling my current 10.5' SOTAR as my family is outgrowing it. Also have a small bare bones frame and oars for it. If you're interested I can give you more specifics and some pics...and work on convincing my wife.

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Old 09-25-2016   #12
 
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Maravia spyder is a sweet boat. I love mine. If I could only have one boat that's what it would be. That being said........ Its a little to big and heavy to R2 all the time. My adult son and I can move it well but we are both stronger than the average. My wife "who is a great paddler" has trouble with it. I've been seriously considering getting the Sabertooth as my R2 machine of choice. The puma and the minimax are both great R2 boats as well. I just need to make a decision weather a raft or a paddle cat would work better on the really steep stuff I like to R2.
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Old 09-26-2016   #13
 
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I got a mimimax at DRE's fall sale. Took it out this weekend and it was great. Very bony run, but floats nice and light so I scraped only a handful of times. Great to R2, but also could easily accommodate 4 paddlers (possibly 5). Never run a Puma so cannot compare the two although I was on same trip as video above and I know individual in Puma really liked it as well. I just love Hypalon boats - minimax rolls to smaller than my PVC IK.
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Old 09-26-2016   #14
 
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mini max is much lighter than the puma which sure is nice when carrying around and also rolls up much smaller for packing purposes.
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Old 09-26-2016   #15
 
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I was thinking of a neo mini max any insight on this material?
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Old 09-26-2016   #16
 
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neo because of weight or cost? Cost difference is not huge and I certainly wouldn't invest $2k in a material without a track record. Having said that, I'm not sure how long this has been around, but I recall it only being advertised by Hyside in last couple of years.
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Old 09-26-2016   #17
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Slightly bigger but best performance wise for fishing and R2 would be a Maravia Spider. Twice as much $ as the neo mini max though...
We are launching a new Spider design this year too! A little wider to accommodate a larger cooler for extended trips and still a mean R'2'n machine. Our Fall Sale is happening now For both the Spider and the AIRE Puma if that is what you are looking for. Let us know if we can help! Keep it Right Side Up, Renee
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Old 09-26-2016   #18
 
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The neoprene I was told has been used since the wwII era and is also used for snout rigs on the gc and sweep boat on the mfs. The cost is a little cheaper but unsure of the lasting durability?
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Can't speak for hyside's neo, but my 1994 DIB Section 4 is still in great shape after more then 16 years of commercial use on a very abrasive "down to the bedrock" river. Shredders are very durable boats too, another boat that's been around forever and available in any color you want as long as it is black.
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neoprene has very good air holding capability, not so good abrasion resistance
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