I currently run a 14' 2011 Wave Destroyer with a Madcater frame. I have loved these tubes especially with the new frame for both day runs and extended trips. Lochsa, MFS, Main Salmon, Selway, Gallatin, Blackfoot all have been great.
I was thinking about getting some smaller tubes (in the 12' to 12.5' range). I have a Maravia 16' typhoon for extended family trips and a Super Puma for fishing and paddle boating so I dont need one boat to do it all. I'm focused on SOTAR Legends or the new 12' Wave Destroyers. I have owned other SOTAR and AIRE rafts and appreciated each of their relevant merits and feel comfortable buying from either company.
After many conversations with owners, Buzz chat reviews, and my experience I think I understand most of the advantages and disadvantages of each relevant design, materials and company so i'm not looking to restart that thread (Legends vs. WD).
It really comes down to timing and cost. Since my spring/early summer playing opportunity's are quickly diminishing my focus is having new tubes ready to go next spring so its Cost.
I would probably go with the Legends if the costs were comparable. Looks like the Legends list for about 20% more then the WD.
12.5' Legends = $2,600-2,800
12' WD = $2,100
So finally my questions:
(1) is there anything I can do that will reduce the costs of the Legends or WD tubes (rep deals, Fall sales, ___)?
(2) are the best SOTAR deals on their Hotsheet (looks to be a 15-20% discount) and if so should i try to find something there that meets my needs and is not too visually disturbing? (not really sure I want a 2nd)
Thank for the long winded question - Jim