Originally Posted by wheresgeorgenow
So why are Maravias so much more expensive then aires if they are both pvc?
Pure speculation. The Aire is molded and then welded along the seam lines. Then it's ready for the inner bladders.
Maravia molds the panels, welds them and then puts the boat on these spinny things where they put a bunch more layers of Pvc and the friction compounds that give the boat a bit of grip.
Don't get me wrong I think Aire is a great boat too and ran one for a buddy on a fall trip. Had a great time.
I have the Willi 2 and am an unabashed fan. They are funky to fold and you have pad any folded corners in transport. I just do mine flat burrito fold and put it on top of the boxes frame etc.
Because of the no zippers and single wall construction they are lighter too.
Don't know how the air floor on the PUma affects this. Sounds like you will be pretty happy with either. The bladder system is definitely easier to repair. The Aire's don't seem to need a lot of topping/bleeding.
I don't think I have had to repair mine on river, except for once and that was someone who borrowed it left beer cans in the floor and brought it back to me that way.
They are tough.