Alpacka Gnu vs 2 person inflatable whitewater kayak
I am looking for a two person inflatable whitewater kayak. I am mainly a hardshell kayaker, and paddle mostly class 4 to 4+.
I have not paddled inflatables much, and have not paddled a packraft. I did paddle a Sevylor two person inflatable kayak with a beginner friend last summer on some Payette river classics like Swirly, Main Payette, and Cabarton, and those are high on the list for this summer as well. The Sevylor worked fine, but I was not impressed with the "self-bailing"; the boat was slow to drain. It would fill up early in the wave trains, then it felt like 500 lbs and was hard to maneuver. From reading about the Aires and so forth, I understand they drain better. I am leaning toward an Aire Lynx 2 or Outfitter 2.
But I am curious about the Alpacka Gnu. The videos I have found show it on class 1 to 2 whitewater. I understand its designed as more of a canoe, but Alpacka says it can be outfitted with kayak-style seats and paddled by two people with kayak paddles.
Has anyone paddled a Gnu as a 2 person kayak in big water class 3 to 3+?
It is quite a bit shorter, and the weight difference is huge; under 10 lbs, while the 2 person IKs are more like 43 to 46. If I ended up with a Gnu I'd probably paddle it solo as well, on hike-in whitewater in the class 3 to 4 range.
I'd also be curious about what your favorite two person whitewater IK is and why. Are the Tributaries good? Anyone compared Lynx 2 to Outfitter 2?
Thanks for any input!