Originally Posted by caverdan
The short answer is in the construction technique and material. Aire boats are not built to hold air........they have bladders. Maravia's are built to hold air and have a slicker finish. If you fart real hard, you could loose traction and slide right off a Maravia........Aire's tend to absorb them.
I have a 2001 Willy II and true the material can be slippery-when-wet like Bon Jovi's best album but there is also a finish on the rubber that is a little coarse, like a sandpaper type finish to it for increased gripping and fart traction as Caverdan puts it (LMAO). Anywho, pretty sure the newer Maravia's have this finish on there still but not sure as all their pictures of their boats are super shiny and pretty slick surface looking...but that is part of the presentation...
Either way, I couldn't be happier with my 2001 Willy II, the boat was used commercially for 6 years, no patches, and it still holds air for months at a time. The Aire bladder system to me sounds undesireable...seems like those zippers would take some extra maintenance but what do I know...
Just added a Mini-Me to the family for those solo days and for R2ing fun...like Raftus mentioned and others will there really is no one-boat-quiver per say...Rafting and river-running is single handedly the most fun and most gear intensive ($$$) activity I have discovered...