Awesome boat, I have one in my garage right now, as well as a minimax, basically the same dimensions.
Things I like about the storm:
- Feels more robust than my minimax (The tubes are bigger, they don't diminish at all like the Minimax, and the PVC just feels thick compared to the minimax)
- Lots of D-rings all 2" (Minimax only has 4 on the outside and they are all 1'')
- Gets more firm than the Minimax
- Price on them is awesome
Things I don't like (or things I like about the Minimax better)
- I trust hyside more than RMR, but that's just a personal thinig. I actually sold my 14' hyside for a 16' RMR this year, so I am coming around, and I think there is real value in the RMR lineup, especially as a recreational boater. Using it 20-30 days a year it's still going to last a very long time
- Doesn't roll as well as the minimax (not an issue if you don't need to roll it)
- It's heavy, feels twice as heavy as my minimax
I'd personally say if you are not planning on hiking it into the Black Canyon go RMR over the minimax, save the money and invest in a frame and oars and use it a ton. That being said I am not selling my Minimax to get an RMR, but if I had to start from scratch 1K for a storm is a great deal.
Also, you will not get 6 people in there. 4 is pushing it. More fun with 2-3. Technically you could squeeze 6 in but it will be tippy. Go up to 12 or 13' if you expect to have 6 paddlers but still want something small for when it's just two of you.
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