Well, I said I was going to wait until I found a good deal. I thought it would take a few months, but a solid boat at the right price came my way. A big thanks to Whoapiglet for linking me to it in the Trib 9.5 thread (https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...a-39886-3.html
For $380, I got an original design AIRE puma. The best part? It has never been used. Second best? Stored indoors semi inflated. I couldn't believe the condition it was in - PVC, valves, zippers, laces, even the AIREcells. Everything looked absolutely brand-new. The bottom doesn't even has a scuff. On my grad student budget, I couldn't be happier (although I do plan on replacing the foam floor inserts with an AIREcell...packability)
I've got a few questions:
1) I don't want to spend $535 on a new puma floor AIREcell, it's just too much. I've been told that a AIRE Tomcat IK floor cell might work, or a trib 9.5. Does anyone have input/ideas?
2) Because I got the boat for less than i planned to spend, I can now get a better pfd than what I've been using. Has anyone tried the stohlquist rocker or brik? I want something that wont interfere with aggressive swimming/paddling, and these two looked comfortable/good deals
3) I was going to pick up some standard or outfitter carlisle paddles, but I figured someone on the BUZZ might have a ton of these lying around and feel like unloading 2 or 4. Just a thought, let me know!
I should have wiped down some of the dust, and used a better camera than my phone, but I've attached two pictures.
Excited to take the new R2 craft out!