Originally Posted by cschmidt1023
To summarize what Scott said you will have to choose what you are willing to sacrifice.
Small boat sacrifice your ability to bring 4-5 ppl and do overnights
Medium boat sacrifice how easy/fun it is to R2
The puma or a 12 ft boat will be your best in-between of
Small and Medium.
You summarize well
I would like to add that it is very douable to r2 a puma or mini max on a 1-2 night trip, if go backpacker light on your gear.
In colorado the standard overnight rig is 14-16 oar rig,
Also I am not a fan of trib 12,
The tubes seem to small ... my buddy has that boat...we were dissapointed in its high water class IV-IV+ preformace. Mini max, puma, paddlecat all class V capable boats....that trib is more of class III easy class IV boat.