Originally Posted by SpeyCatr
Which ones are made on shore? I know the AIRE is, what about the NRS and hyside?
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Aire yes, Hyside is made in South Korea, not sure on the NRS.
Not any help, but they are all good boats and will probably do you just fine. If you ask me, its a toss up between Aire and Hyside quality wise with NRS a bit behind. Its still a good boat, but I'd get one of the other two first.
Aire has a pretty legendary warranty. Its too bad you didn't post this last week, as they just had a 15% off sale. They are a little heavier but are great boats. For a big boat, I really like the 160DD. If I was buying new it would be on my short list. I just bought its little brother the 136DD and am looking forward to it getting here and out on the water.
Hysides are great and seem to hold up well. I like the Hypalon since its lighter and rolls up. Nothing special with the design, but its a tried and true one that does well in many applications.
Experienced some NRS boats on my Grand trip and a Lodore trip lately. They seem to be built well, if a big heavy. I like the diminishing tubes on the Nez Pierce version too. More space and less wind resistance but still carries a load well.
Like I said, you really can't go too wrong with any of them. Slight differences between them that you'll have to decide on, but in the long run probably won't make a huge difference.