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Old 07-29-2009   #1
 
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Aire 156 R vs. NRS Otter 15'

Looking for feedback on these two boats. Which one would you choose and why?

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Old 07-29-2009   #2
 
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Looking at rafts now? Man, you must be breaking little TonyM's heart. He is a sensitive one...
BTW, where's that video?
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Old 07-30-2009   #3
 
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I f*@kin' knew it!

This was bound to happen after Annabeth was born. Anyway, the more I look at the 2 boats the more I am leaning towards the 156R for you, larger diameter tubes, longer, wider and the best warranty around. Let me know what color and I will have it here when you get back.
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Old 07-30-2009   #4
 
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I have to say the Aire boats are pretty nice. They are easily repairable, well made and the warranty rules. Besides, the local boys at Four Corners Riversports rock on the customer service. I told you I'd give you some props T!
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I own a Aire, and would take it all day over a Otter.

Only drawback I see: It will not roll up as small as the Otter. And it probably weights more.
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Old 07-30-2009   #6
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I own the 156D - Love the Inner Tubes.
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Old 07-30-2009   #7
 
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Anyone have thoughts on the 15' NRS E series. Is it so much better than the Otter or Aire that it would be the last raft I would ever have to buy?
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Old 07-31-2009   #8
 
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Wratcher, that is a tricked out frame set up you got going on! I love the flip up seat and the sleeping platform, nice work!
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I have to say the Aire boats are pretty nice. They are easily repairable, well made and the warranty rules. Besides, the local boys at Four Corners Riversports rock on the customer service. I told you I'd give you some props T!
I own a 156R, for the reasons listed above. I had a pair of cat tubes from Aire for the prior 8 years, and they held up really well.

It does weigh quite a bit, but the on-river ease of repair is a huge advantage. As for the warranty - the few people that I know that have had to use it (even in their 9th year) have been super happy with Aire's customer service.
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Old 07-31-2009   #10
 
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Aire owners- educate me on the ease of repair of PVC.

I have a hypalon boat and have patched it a few times on trips (even 1 hour before putting on) patches have held for 8-9 years. Just rough it up and apply glue to patched area and patch. Is the PVC even easier than this??
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