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Old 02-25-2013   #1
 
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Compare Aire 156D v Aire Trib 16.0 SB

So I'm not too concerned about the quality differences unless someone has a huge issue with one or the other but mainly the raft design for what I'm using it for.

primarily 3 to 7 nights on the river
2 children (4 and 6)
2 to 3 adults
Class I-IV- over the years
Primarily used on 3 to 9k cfs type rivers
with some weekend type use at pumphouse and the ark (flows obviously variable) Running laps
Obviously primarily oar frame

So whose got an opinion and actually has owned one or both of these?
Also, I am selling my current 14.0 ft Aire Trib in great shape
and compact outfitter frame at market value (whatever that is)
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Talk about your 14.0 Trib. Are you unhappy with it?

I ran a 16'er for 5 years as my only boat. It was too big for a lot of I-II rivers and most things under 1,500cfs.

I added a 13.0SB four seasons ago. It's a tad small, but is kind of a sports car. It's great for daytrips with 2 adults and 2 growing kids. The girls are now 9 and 11 (we got it when they were 6 and .

16.0SB IMHO would be more apples:apples with the 156R (closer in shape and volume)

For the money, keep the 14.0Trib and add a 16.0Trib.

Buddy of mine has a 143D. It rows/paddles a lot like my 13.0SB.

For "all around", and paddle-ability probably the 156D.


If you go 156D, are you thinking sealed pocket floor or open floor pocket?
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I really like the 14 trib
I have an unsealed floor which I think for the smaller raft is important on bigger flows but think its a total PIA at the take out
With the bigger raft I'd go with the sealed floor if it were an option

I feel the raft currently doesnt have a lot of room but honestly I have not outfitted at well as it could be. I also feel the the tube diameter in the 14 trib is too small for my liking.

I am looking for one all around boat that can get down the smaller lower flow stuff on day trips but can also handle one more adult on occasion and do will fully loaded for a 5 to 7 days.

Certainly, if the thought is I can make that work (comfortably) with what I've got I'm open to suggestions.
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1 more adult on daytrips is easy in your current boat.
1 more adult on multidays, you've probably got good rationale for a bigger boat.

Are you in a position where you could demo or rent some boats--do any of your friends have the 156D or 16.0SB?

I had a dropstitch floor in my 16' Maravia. I liked it better than the open floor pocket in my current 156R. I completely agree with your line of thinking.

156D:
Length: 15'7"
Load Capacity: 1876 lbs.
Width: 7-0"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Tube Diameter: 22"
Air Chambers: 8
Bow/Stern Rise: 12"
Base Fabric: 1670
Waterline: 107"
Material Weight Oz/Yd: 35/43
Thwarts: Up to 4

16.0SB:
Length: 16'
Load Capacity: 1800 lbs.
Width: 7' 2.5"
Weight: 170
Tube Diameter: 22''
Air Chambers: 8
Bow/Stern Rise: 15"
Base Fabric: 1670
Waterline: 127"
Material Weight Oz/Yd: 31 oz/sq. yd.
Thwarts: 3

By the numbers: other factors being nearly equal, the 156E should feel "sportier" with a shorter waterline, especially if you get the sealed floor pocket.
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I am really leaning towards the 156D

Is anyone out there currently paddling that raft?
Curious about some details regarding that boat.
Gracias.

I have come up with a price for my trib with frame and oars.
Hit me up with a text if interested
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I have a 156D with an open floor pocket. I love the boat. Very versatile. It bridges the gap between a small boat and a large boat pretty well in regards to performance. The shape of the raft makes it nimble while the open pocket helps it track well. I don't care that its a little heavy at the takeout, it will drain if you give it a few minutes. Plenty of room, my raft comfortably carried my gear, wife and I for 26 days on the Grand. I've used in on smaller rivers and moderate sized creeks as well, although a smaller raft would be preferable.
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Iraq, what frame are you using (and size)?

Any pics of your setup?
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I have an NRS four bay frame. The captain's seat is bolted to the top of a dry box.

Here's a picture of my raft loaded for a seven day middle fork trip. Its the light blue boat between the old Avon and the blue cat.
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Here is the quality difference in Aire's own words.

Tributary and AIRE are Not Created Equal - AIRE Blog
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I have an NRS four bay frame. The captain's seat is bolted to the top of a dry box.

Here's a picture of my raft loaded for a seven day middle fork trip. Its the light blue boat between the old Avon and the blue cat.
Hard to see your frame,get out of the hot spring & take a close up!
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