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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #11
 
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My 14' arrived yesterday, time to start bending tube!

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Old 1 Week Ago   #12
 
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Borrowed a frame over the weekend and floated the last few miles of the Dolores into the Colorado and down the Daily to Takeout Beach. Obviously can't comment on class IV conditions yet, but very impressed thus far. Lots of clever design features that Sotar and Aire do not have, such as 3 chambers per tube, 3 extra large handles per tube, and D rings mounted low to allow for basically any frame. I tested fitment on NRS yoke style frame and sport cat style frames, both fit easily.

Rows nice, very light, super sporty, and I'm thinking it's going to be a blast on bigger, techy sections. I'd take the 14' Kima over our Aire Wildcat any day.
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I saw one of these in the hotel parking lot in salmon yeaterday.. good looking boat. Looked like they where headed for a pre season main.

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Got mine out on the water this last weekend as well and did about 18 miles on II / III water and had an absolute blast.

This is my first cat (I have lots of raft, IK and hardshell experience) and I was really impressed with how easy it was to move this boat around. I have the sport cat frame and didn't load up any gear, so pretty light weight, and I won't know how she handles with gear until I load it up.

Not having a floor is a little disconcerting, it is weird to see the waves blasting between my legs! I'm sure I'll get used to that in time.

The construction appears bomber and I won't be hesitant to throw it into class IV water, which I can't wait to do!
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