Originally Posted by BullSCit
I was about ready to buy some Aire Jaguarundi tubes, but my deal fell through. Those are 16' 24" diameter tubes with a decent amount of rocker. But what would I lose performance wise if I got some 16' 27" diameter tubes that have similar rocker?
I know I would gain the ability to carry more of a load with the same displacement. I would assume if I had 1200 pounds of gear and people, that the larger diameter tubes would be better than the smaller tubes. But what if I had only 400 pounds of gear and people down something with smaller water like the Ark at 1000 CFS?
Thanks for the knowledge.
I have a aire jag and use 10' oars-I like the extra reach of depth if I'm in heavy water and don't mind them on more techy rivers like the piedra or salt at low water. With a jag you could go with 9' oars as I've known some folks to do. With a 27" tube (jacks?), a 10' oar is needed-unless you like pushing on handles that are above your head-or standing up. Depending on your frame, you'll also be wider. This could help for straddling things, or could hinder for fitting through slots. If bigger water is your main game, the 27s would be good, but for a more versatile cat, the 24s might be better. An aire jag can be used on everything from smaller technical rivers to big water Grand and Cataract type rivers with a little compromise. IMO, a bigger tube starts to get kinda specialized.
*Hope that helps-FB