Originally Posted by Ninja_Nico
Paddle rafting in the Mini-Max is perfect with 3 people and with no extra weight. I've done plenty of R2 and R3 in mine. I would say about 500 lbs is when you really start to notice. I don't know what the frame/fishing gear weighs.
Hyside's website says 5 person max, which I think is a little misleading. I would say 4 adults absolute max with no additional gear. With 5 you just feel like you're sinking. But with 2 or 3 on Clear Creek/Ark is the most fun!
I know it doesn't directly answer your question, just trying to give my perspective.
I appreciate your perspective, thanks! I actually rented a MiniMax this past spring from CKS in Byoooona Vista. Did the numbers a couple days in a row with four people. It was a blast and felt nimble enough. A lot more nimble than my old NRS Outlaw 13'er. I think we could've squeezed a fifth in there and been OK...then again, maybe no. All that said, it's rare that I can wrangle more than 1-2 people to go rafting, so I like the ability to R2 or R3 the thing, which is why I'm leaning towards a small boat (plus the reasons I mentioned re: fishing).