|AIRE Outfitter I Inflatable Kayak||$1,119.16 - $1,399.00|
|AIRE Outfitter I Inflatable Kayak-Red||$1,399.00|
|AIRE Lynx I Air Floor Kayak||$1,399.00|
|AIRE Outfitter I Inflatable Kayak-Yellow||$1,399.00|
My Fire Department just began a swift water rescue program. I bought this kayak with the sole purpose of training in whitewater kayaking in the type of boat we use. I am a rank amateur when it comes to inflatable kayak use and I have to say that it would be tough for a beginner to "hop in the water for the first time and navigate a class 3 rapid without tipping." That having been said after one day of training I was able to easily surf this boat in holes and standing waves but I don't think I could have run a class three rapid. With three days of practice and a little more instruction I'm now up to that level but I've dumped it a number of times to get there. This boat is light and easily carried to the water by one person. It has a huge number of tie down loops along both sides and the included deluxe Cheetah seat is great. Someone else said get the thigh straps and foot pegs and I would concur with that assessment. I now have thigh straps and with their use I don't tip. I've not installed the foot pegs as yet and just jam my feet between the side tube and the floor for the time being. I would recommend a paddle length of at least 200 (that's what I use and it seems a skosh short) and maybe all the way up to 210 or so. Great boat, my son in law will inherit it someday!
We bought the Lynx I and the new 2010 Force for use on the Ocoee river in Tennessee. We paddled both in flat water and I realized quickly that I wanted to use try the Lynx first in rapids. So I took it down to the middle Ocoee and set off. I am not an expert but have spent a good bit of time on the water in other boats. I dropped into the first class 4 and instantly realized I was in way over my abilities. I knew enough to follow the rafts so I contiued their lines through the rapid. To my surprise I spit out the bottom still in my boat. Wow! So on to the next and the next with perfect results each time. I couldn't believe what this boat carried me through. Of course I had to brace, pick my lines and be careful but I was thrilled. What a boat. I am not crazy about the seat, I bought thigh straps and added a righting strap. I don't regret this purchase at all and am now wondering if I should have bought two Lynx instead of the Force. We will see. But please, don't think you can jump in this boat and survive big water. It still takes some knowledge and planning. If you do your homework you will have success in this boat.
I just took an Aire Lynx 1 down some class 3 and 4 rapids on the Bruneau River, in Bruneau, Idaho on a 2 day trip. It was the best kayak for the trip. I trust it with my life. It performed magnificently!