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A 132D came up on craigslist today and I am meeting the guy tonight. Good price but I have never heard of Diminishing Tubes until today. I trust the NRS brand and considering the 132D won several awards I assume its a good boat.

Am I even going to notice a difference between the standard Expedition and the 132D? Wanting to set it up as a gear boat with the occasional family outting on local III-IV. Is there really anything different about it that is worth mentioning over the tried and true NRS expiditions. How much does the reduce kick affect the performance?
 

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One of the companies I have worked for had many of all three (E130, E132D, E136). The E132D will definitely "plug" in to wave and holes and will bath tub on you much quicker than the other two. When I was paddle guiding I prefered the 132D because it made for a wetter ride (Class 3&4). The extra kick is nice on class 5, it won't bath tub as quick. The E132D will track as well as the others too.
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Thanks, how do you think it would do with a frame? Does it tend to stop in holes more so than the E130 or are they about the same as far punchability?
 

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It still punches, still great with a frame, a little less room for gear in the back but you can get creative. I own an otter, very comparable
 

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I have an older 16' Nez Perce that i run oar rigged. I like the diminished tubes for hauling ability. There is a noticeable difference between full tubes and diminished in the amount of gear you can fit. I don't think I carry any more than I would but my gear pile is lower, and I think that helps in windy conditions. I think it tracks and runs about the same as any other raft. You do get more water in the boat, but that just means I get to soak my kids and wife occasionally, so that's a win.
Obviously, there are some differences, but if it's a good price, I wouldn't let that dissuade you. It will be a great gear boat for sure.
 
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