Performance of Aire Force and Lynx IK - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-13-2015   #1
 
John_in_Loveland's Avatar
 
Loveland, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1990
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 304
Performance of Aire Force and Lynx IK

So I was a hardshell kayaker for a number of years. I have run up to class IV runs on westwater, the Poudre, the Salt and a few others. I no longer kayak, but do have a raft. I am considering whether or not to get an IK for a preseason MFS trip instead of running my raft. Does anyone have any experience with these IKS and can tell me how closely they mimic a hardshell?

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Mountain Buzz mobile app

John_in_Loveland is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-13-2015   #2
 
k2andcannoli's Avatar
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2002
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 896
I love paddling the force, it's feel tight and sharp compared to bigger ducks. Don't try to bring much with you because there is no room for gear, maybe a drybag or two. Aire has it on sale now...it looks like the current model has more rocker than I remember, has that been changed? I'm a big fan of Attila's boats at custom inflatables. The thrill seeker is a great boat and has room for a bit more gear. Probably the best combo of hard shell like paddling and gear capacity. They pack small and can be custom built...also are available in urethane instead of pvc.
k2andcannoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2015   #3
Beginner
 
Randaddy's Avatar
 
Eastern Slope, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,466
The Force is sweet. Small Pelican stowed above the back float bag and water bottle(s) up front is plenty for day trips. You're probably not going to overnight with it.
Randaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-13-2015   #4
 
John_in_Loveland's Avatar
 
Loveland, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1990
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 304
How well does it eddy hop and ferry?


Sent from my SCH-I545 using Mountain Buzz mobile app
John_in_Loveland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2015   #5
Jared
 
Learch's Avatar
 
Dundee, Oregon
Paddling Since: 1989
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 731
If you are a hard shell boater the Force is gonna be your best bet. Lynx's are great too, I have one right now. I paddled an old school Force XL for a decade, it excelled at some things and sucked at others. Rocker was the one thing that boat was really missing. They really made an improvement with the transition from the floor to the tubes. The floor stuck down below the tubes too far on the original Force line, making a chin that water could grab. Turbulent eddy lines sucked. (Mule creek canyon on the Rogue was interesting) That said the Lynx is great, and has storage space. The Force you can pack a lunch on, the Lynx you can pack for a couple day trip if you go back pack style.
__________________
Wishing I was on the river instead of surfing the web...
Learch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2015   #6
 
boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 316
I used to kayak, went to rafting, and now have 2 aire force ik's. I have not taken them on any 4's but they perform like a champ on the 3's. My other IK's feel much closer to a raft than a hardshell.
__________________
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
shoenfeld13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2015   #7
 
GJ, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2011
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 746
Quote:
Originally Posted by John_in_Loveland View Post
So I was a hardshell kayaker for a number of years. I have run up to class IV runs on westwater, the Poudre, the Salt and a few others. I no longer kayak, but do have a raft. I am considering whether or not to get an IK for a preseason MFS trip instead of running my raft. Does anyone have any experience with these IKS and can tell me how closely they mimic a hardshell?

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Mountain Buzz mobile app
If you're coming from a hardshell background, and want an inflatable to closely mimc that feel, there is nothing closer than this:

https://alpackarafts.com/product/alpackalypse/

Punches standing waves, carves into and out of eddies, braces and rolls much like a hardshell. Plus it's easy to self-support (like your preseason MFS) with all the gear inside the tubes.

I self supported the Grand Canyon in one of these last January. 11 days of bliss.

Check out some of the vids on their site to see what I mean.
__________________
www.LaceMine29.com
mikesee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2015   #8
 
Jenks, Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,805
Impressive stuff!!

and it fits in a backpack
okieboater is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2015   #9
 
Enfield, New Hampshire
Paddling Since: 1990
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 393
Bakraft??Thoughts? Its also gone down the GC, I think...
JIMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2015   #10
 
k2andcannoli's Avatar
 
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2002
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 896
I'm surprised that I haven't heard more about the bakraft, seems like it would be an awesome ik and very similar to a hard shell
k2andcannoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Tags
aire

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Used: Tributary 9.5, AIRE Outfitter I, AIRE Super Lynx theBoatPeople Partner's Forum 0 09-04-2014 05:37 PM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.