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Old 02-27-2016   #1
 
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AIRE BAKraft Expedition

I've been paddling the AIRE BAKraft Expedition for the past month and am excited to share my impressions. This is the boat for those of you who want to hike into (or out of) mult-day runs.

The unexpected side benefit of this boat was how slippery the Spectra material is. It slides over rocks better than urethane making it feel more like a hardshell.

Here's a longer write-up with some photos:

AIRE BAKraft Expedition Review | Northwest Rafting Co.


I've never bought AIRE boats before because I'm personally not a fan of the inner bladder - outer bladder design. With some of the hi tech materials coming out I'm starting to see that the AIRE design could be the future of innovation. I hope the next thing they do is a 40 lb paddleboat.

I look forward to a great discussion and hope that Greenwall chimes in with some comic relief.

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Old 02-27-2016   #2
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Zach hey Bro,this is your story. I have no business with some high horsepower super spectra hydro twinkie. I need 2 sticks
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Where do you put your gear for a multiday?
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Old 02-27-2016   #4
 
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There's room behind the seat and in front of your feet for full size drybags.

For Rough and Ready Creek I used a full dry bag in the front as a replacement for foot braces. I had my internal frame backpack with gear that can get wet rigged behind my seat.
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Old 02-27-2016   #5
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Nice, Maybe someone at Aire can chime in and let us know when it will be out for sale, so I don't have to buy the damed Kokopelli. Releasing it this summer, say at the August gear show, means most of the stuff that would be great to use it for won't have any water left, until this next winter or spring.
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Old 02-27-2016   #6
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How stiff does the hull become in comparison to a traditional IK? How much pressure does it take? What do you think the weight limit will be on it?
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Old 02-27-2016   #7
 
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AIRE tells me it will be ready for sale in 2017. I know that's vague and not very soon, but I am glad that they're thoroughly testing this boat.

The boat seems as stiff as any other kayak. SOTAR urethane boats are more rigid and can run at higher pressure, but this boat seems the same as any other IK. AIRE told me the recommended inflation pressure is 2.5 psi.

On Rough and Ready Creek I had 80+ lbs of gear plus me (220 lbs) in the boat and I felt it could have handled more.
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Any thigh straps in that boat? Couldn't quite tell from the picture.
Looks like a sweet little boat, dig the idea of having an inflatable floor.
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Yes, it has thigh straps.
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On Rough and Ready Creek I had 80+ lbs of gear plus me (220 lbs) in the boat and I felt it could have handled more.
Pic?!

My guess is you didn't hike in with that load. Or out.
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