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Old 08-25-2017   #1
 
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Aire Spud

Anyone out there with kids have an Aire Spud IK? Opinions and thoughts sought!

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Old 08-26-2017   #2
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I bought my 9 year old a Spud in March, he had it out by May and has racked up 100 river miles this season. He has done class II and some easy IIIs with it with no swims. His 6 year old sister paddled it in some class II last Sunday, she wants one too. I highly recommend it!Click image for larger version

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We have an Aire tributary LV - basically the old version of the spud. They made the tubes a little bit bigger for the Spud and maybe it is a bit wider too which is an improvement in my opinion.

My kids have loved the IK. My kids (girls) used it from the time they were about 6 until they were 12-14. Only 1 left who fits in it now though.

For the adults, the smaller tubes (i think the LV had 9" tubes vs 11.5 on the spud) made it a swim machine. Occasionally we hiked it back up to run some mild class III wave trains. Deflating the floor a bit made it more stable for adults. Kids never had any problem.

We paid $400 when we bought it and we (the kids) have loved it. I would buy it again too.

It is small enough and light enough that we could easily strap it to the back of the raft for the big stuff that they didn't want to run.

Just like any IK they will take some swims, but the boat is very stable and it takes a lot to get them out of it.

FYI On multi day rivers you will probably need a spare helmet and spare paddle too.
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Thanks all. My daughter is 6 and was rocking a friend's hardshell lake kayak on a lake over July 4th and has been bugging me ever since for a kayak. It looks like a fun boat!
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The Spud and it's predecessor are great kayaks for kids. NRS also makes a kid size kayak. The smaller size makes them MUCH easier for little kids to paddle and control.

My kids and assorted nieces and nephews have used the Aire "LV" IK for years starting at young ages. It worked great as a starter boat, a good introduction to whitewater kayaking. If kids do fall out, most can climb back in quickly and continue going. The Spud looks like an improvement over the LV, with the kids sitting deeper (lower) within larger tubes which should increase stability.

Here's a picture of my son at age 9 on Zoom Flume on the Arkansas river in the LV. He fell out just after this picture was taken, climbed back in mid rapid and finished paddling it thru the rapid.
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Old 09-01-2017   #7
 
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Thanks for the info. Next question: what do you all suggest for a good kids paddle?

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Jacob uses a kids touring paddle, seems to work fine for now. I could see it getting bent or snapping a blade eventually, but it's lasted 100 river miles so far


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