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Old 10-02-2010   #1
 
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Anyone tried NRS' new polyurethane coated nylon boat (Revolution)?

I'm looking for any reviews of NRS's new line of boats. I'm looking at buying a new NRS Revolution 140 SB but can't find any opinions on the new boat material.

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NRS Revolution Rafts

Are they welded or glued urethane? Way cheaper than Sotar.
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Three year warranty is reason enough for me to stay away.
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The write up on the website says that the raft only has 3 perimeter air chambers. Every raft I've ever been in has 4.
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Let someone else be the guinea pig.
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Four perimeter air chambers is fairly standard, I don't know how their three are arranged, but I'm not sure that it makes a whole lotta difference - but it does save $$. I do like the idea of a 111 lb 14' raft brand new for $3,200. And urethane as a material is proven bomber. The seams are welded (called and checked).

Their site says a 5 yr private warranty and three years commercial - a lot less than AIRE offers or what NRS gives it's high end boats, but others like Hyside offer 5 year limited warranties even on their high end outfitter pro boats, Maravia also offers a 5 year warranty, SOTAR does 6. So 5 years isn't really out of the ordinary - it's also the same warranty that NRS offers for their Otter line of rafts. You also have to figure in the cost of the warranty in the boats price - longer warranties cost the company more $$ which means more expensive boats.

If I was in the market for a new raft - the price point, weight and materials on this boat would make it a serious contender for me.
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Starting last year maravia went to a ten year warranty.
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The 3 year warranty is for commercial. 5 year for personal. This is the same as the Otter. Speaking of the Otter, it is also made with three perimeter chambers. It used to be that they put the single chamber end on the front, but now you can see that they've positioned the valves so that you put the two-chamber end forward.

It seems to be more standard on NRS boats now, at least those 14' and under that aren't the E-series to have 3 perimeter chambers.
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In a worst case, full blown failure, the difference between losing 1/3 of your floatations vs. only a 1/4 seems pretty significant. I wonder why they moved the single chamber to the rear. I'm picturing losing the rear chamber, under a heavy pile of gear, and I don't care for the mental image.
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The gear boat would be a real issue, paddle boat less problematic. In a way I am surprised that no one makes a 5 or 6 chamber raft perimeter - it would handle a sudden deflation much better. Even with 4 chambers losing one completely results in a rather crippled and funny looking boat.
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