I posted about this in another thread a few days ago, but I have had my 16ft Rocky Mountain Raft for a little over a month now and have done a few 5 day trips, with great results. The floor is really heavy duty which is a positive but it does make it hard to roll if you are not planning on storing it inflated. In fact next to my buddy's 16ft Avon rolled up, the rocky mountain boat in it's included cover is probably twice the size or more. We did the San Juan from Mex Hat to Clay Hills at super low water last month and it was great. It rode fairly high in the water and slid over the rocks nicely. We had it out a couple of weeks ago on a trip down the Yampa at about 20,000 cfs and it performed well there too. There are some nitpicky things I could complain about like the D-rings that I strap the 4 corners of my frame to, should really be angled in toward the frame instead of strait up and down, and my floor pressure release valve is a little low psi, which I hear they have upped on the boats in stock now, but other than that I cant think of any real negatives. You always hear that you get what you pay for, but on this one I think I got more than I paid for. A really good boat at a really great price.
Yeah, I should have used a different example. Compared to my other friend's 16 ft Vanguard it is still about 20% bigger. It seems like it is just a really heavy duty wrap on the floor, (which is not a negative mind you) that makes it tough to roll any tighter.Re: rolled size
You're comparing a hypalon boat to a PVC boat... Hypalon always rolls smaller than PVC due to the materials.
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RMR is using a welding process ("Welded I-beams, Baffles, Seams - with a welded seam tape inside and out"), which simply indicates they’re using a quality PVC material. The reason AIRE, Trib, Jack’s, RMR, Maravia (PVC encapsulated in PU) weld their rafts vs. the cheaper PVC rafts fully glue their rafts, is because the cheap PVC rafts use a poor quality Asian PVC that can’t be welded, so they have to be glued. Obviously, RMR is sourcing quality PVC if they’re welding it! Welding also resolves your concern regarding bad glue on the critical I-beams, Baffles & Seams, because there is no glue.I inflated a 14' raft last week at a shop here in Montana. Pretty heavy at 155lbs, but seems bomber. I haven't been able to find anyone who's rowed one, but am really curious. We're in a quandary; we have a beloved 13' Maravia, but our tubes are 18'' and we've got a slew of multi days coming up- we need a larger boat, but really can't afford a reputable U.S. constructed boat, but can we afford not to stick with what we know? Is our river karma at stake by buying a boat made in a potentially toxic chinese pvc/glue factory? Do the owners down in Colorado have any input/disclosure on the factory and working conditions in China? If so, would love to hear it, maybe have some fears put to rest.