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Rvrrnr 11-05-2012 09:53 PM

130 otter vs. osprey 135
So Im on the market for a raft to guide out of for a few seasons for under $3000. I rowed the otter today, its an 02 witth a half a dozen patches but holds air well and has a slightly leaking floor pressure release valve.. It has full nrs fishing frame, comes with no oars and would need to take it to the local raft shop for better inspection and patch clean up$1200.
The other is the osprey 135 like new condition full nrs frame two premier oars, made in idaho? spare carlisle, sawyer cobra oar locks, anchor, k pump and cooler $2800 . i have researched both boats and understand the differences in material etc. I would have to put roughly $800 into the otter.
I guess my question is what would be a better buy as far as durability? Patched older hypalon or newer pristine revolution urathane. 310z over 1680 nylon is lighter than most urathane boats and theres not a ton of feed back yet on the discontinued nrs material.
Any input is appreciated-Thnx!

slamkal 11-05-2012 10:51 PM

Made in Idaho? Only thing on your list made in usa is the kpump and maybe the oars

Rvrrnr 11-05-2012 11:03 PM


Originally Posted by slamkal
Made in Idaho? Only thing on your list made in usa is the kpump and maybe the oars

Yea i realize that, very insightful input though. The question mark was about the premier brand oars. I'd never seen them, i checked there website and they seem decent. They have diamond shape blade. The original question of better choice from a durability aspect is still open for debate

slamkal 11-06-2012 12:09 AM

Hypalon, although beat, is a known qty. i'm skeptical of the nrs official story that the revolution material was too expensive. You usually find that out before going into mass production. No reason to discount the closeout boats either (and drop warrantee to one year) if they are already made and paid for (and lose even more money on them?)

If you love the nrs product you probably will be fine either way

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