|Length:||12 ft 5 in|
|Maximum Load:||525 lbs|
|Paddler Skill:||beginner, intermediate|
|Recommended Use:||whitewater paddling|
|Tube Diameter:||12.5 in|
|AIRE Outfitter II - Inflatable Kayak||$20.00|
|AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak-Yellow||$1,497.95|
|AIRE Lynx II Tandem Inflatable Kayak-Red||$1,497.95|
I recently borrowed one of these, and I have to say--this kayak is awesome! By far the best inflatable kayak I've paddled. I recently took this out by myself on an open-water reservoir, and just put my dry bag at the bow to even out the weight distribution since I had no partner to tandem with. It worked perfectly. I had no real problem tracking through the water despite being the only paddler and the flat bottom. Anybody with even basic paddling technique should have no issues. One thing I didn't anticipate was the fact that there are 'drains' along the bottom that allow the water to come in and out of the bottom of the boat. However, fully inflated, on flat water, the seat raises you high enough off the surface. But if you're taking this on a river (as it's originally designed for), you're probably going to get wet--even if you don't tip. That being said, that's part of paddling, so no big deal. I had no problem with stability even when the wind picked up and foot and a half waves started breaking. The only thing that I didn't love about it was that it is pretty wide. So if you're short, or have a paddle shorter than about 210cm, you'll have problems really 'digging in'. It inflated in less than 5 minutes with minimal effort with the Aire Barrel 4" pump, and deflated just as fast by open the valves and rolling it right up--fit right in my car's trunk!
Absolutely awesome kayak. I am 6'2" and my son is 6'4" and we had a blast in ours last year on the Ocoee. Probably 25 runs on the boat. It can handle rapids wonderfully. We can take the raft lines thru the biggest rapids and have a blast. It does handle different from a kayak or a raft but it moves wonderfully. And when you do come out....if you push it like we do, you can flip it over in a rapid and be back in paddling in no time. Way easier to get back in than a raft. We could even surf Hollywood and several other spots with a bit of practice.
On weekends we didn't do the Ocoee the wife and I did a few local runs and paddled the Nantahala. Even took her over a 6 foot falls in it...After we came thru unscathed she wanted to do it again.
I fretted for months over which one to get, cuz for me that a good chunk of change. But I couldnt be happier with the Outfitter II.
We took this out on a lake in southern Utah, which is not really what it's made for, but we still had a blast. Steering was a challenge, but I imagine that was due to my too-short paddle and to the fact that it's designed more for running rivers. It's durable, wide, and stable, and it's easy to just fold it up and stick it in the back of my Outback.
Have used our Outfitter II twice ..Upper New River WV. and a small class III local stream. It handles better than expected and maneuvers well. It is very stable so I can take non kayaking family and friends withiut worry of a swim for them.
I feel an excellent choice for us.
This kayak is fabulous! It's crazy durable, easy to inflate and deflate and fits nicely in the trunk of your car. Yes it's tandem but my husband and I took our 3 younger kids out on it with us and it did just fine. Definitely recommend it!
At 14' she does great on the rollers and tricky rock drops on the Rio Grande "racecourse" section. Wouldn't want to hit anything big sideways but as long as you aim her straight the class III / IV features are big excitement.
I took a inflatable Kayak to Bear Lake with my family. It was very easy to transport and to pump up and deflate. It was a lot of fun!!!!
Very durable. Keeps air well and does great for quick maneuvering.