AIRE Force Inflatable Kayaks: Great Fun for Advanced Kayakers
The AIRE Force inflatable kayaks are self-bailing whitewater play boats for intermediate to expert paddlers. They come equipped with thigh straps for surfing, as well as rolling, spins, and any other tricks you care to try.
Features of the Kayaks
AIRE Force inflatable kayaks come in Blue, Dark Purple, Green, Red, and Yellow. The kayaks comes with thigh straps, foot pedals, 2 carry handles, 1 set of drain holes, 4 D-rings, repair kit, and an owners manual. The patented AIRECell air floors make the kayaks lightweight, easy to pack, and transport.
Specifications on the AIRE Force:
- Dimensions: 9'8" x 32"
- Capacity: 1 adult (275 lbs)
- Weight: 30 lbs
- Tube diameter: 9.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 6"
- Waterline: 67"
- Air Chambers: 4
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Specifications on the AIRE Force XL:
- Dimensions: 10'4" x 34"
- Capacity: 1 adult (300 lbs)
- Weight: 34 lbs
- Tube diameter: 10.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 7"
- Waterline: 82"
- Air Chambers: 4
Materials that are Made to Last
The AIRE Force inflatable kayaks are made with 1100 Denier polyurethane material and then covered by a 14-mil clear urethane-coated outer shell. AIRE backs all their US-made kayaks with a 10-year warranty that even covers damage you do to the boat (such as over-inflating an AIRECell chamber), as well as any manufacturer defect.
High Performance Kayaks
Although these are great handling boats, they will feel tipsy to an inexperienced beginner who lacks the skill set to use the foot braces as well as steer with the hips when tackling whitewater. Intermediate and advanced kayakers, however, will find the AIRE Force inflatables to be nimble and very responsive.
Which Size is Right for You
The Force is rated by AIRE to hold 250 pounds, but it is recommended in many reviews that the kayak be limited to no more than 185 lbs. The Force XL stands for extra large because of the additional 9 inches in length. It is designed for heavier people or those with longer legs. Thanks to the added length, the XL inflatable kayak is faster than the Force and it will pack at least some gear for an overnight trip — which the Force isn’t designed to do.
The AIRE Force, which retailed last year for $1,459 and now sells for about $300 less, is a pure play boat. The Force XL (retail $1,539) has more cargo space, but not much. If you are planning on packing enough supplies for a week in the backcountry, you would be better off in an AIRE Lynx. For that matter, if you anticipate a lot of time on lakes, take a look at the Innova Safari inflatable kayak which tracks better in quiet water.
Last Chance for Close-Out Prices
AIRE Force inflatable kayaks will have a slightly new look for 2010 as the Force and Force XL with be replaced with a single version that will be wider and more rockered. Just as the current Force models have fans, we anticipate that the new Aire Force will continue to provide thrills for years to come.
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