I have a Spider. One of the last ones before they made them wider. I run it with a 65qt Yeti. We also use it as a paddle boat a lot, probably more than with the frame. I use a Yeti Hopper lashes between thwarts when rugged for paddle.
It R2’s, fits 5-6 people if some are kids. It rowa like a dream. It’s easy for 2 people to carry without its frame. I’ve never tried carrying it solo. It’s very nimble and responsive but, if you’re not lined up right to a wave it’ll make you pay with a swim.
I have 3 boats and it’s our family’s favorite. It gets used 75% of the time. It is really tough too. My kids are using it to learn to row and have beat the [email protected]
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The drop stitched floor is nice too, for fishing.
I wouldn’t worry about the extra 25 lbs difference on the Aire. That’s not a real thing. Maybe it would be with a Hyside , Sotar, or NRS. But every aire boat I’ve carried up the hill at Beehive Bend take-out on the Payette in Idaho has a ton of water in the floor. It leaks out as you carry it, but they sure are heavy when you lift them out of the water.