AIRE Outfitter Inflatable Kayaks: Comforting Low Ride for Novices
The new AIRE Outfitter inflatable kayaks are odd-looking little duckies yet they offer a stable float experience because of an extra width beam, larger tubes, and low seating position.
Features of the Kayaks
The retail price on the Outfitter I is $1,269, and the Outfitter II is $1,379. AIRE Outfitter inflatable kayaks come in five bold colors: Blue, Dark Purple, Green, Red, and Yellow. The boats feature an inflatable seat, two large carry handles, towing D-ring, repair kit, and an owner’s manual. An Outfitter comes with the same outstanding 10-year, no-worry warranty as its sibling AIRE kayaks.
Specifications of the AIRE Outfitter I:
- Dimensions: 9'11" x 40"
- Capacity: 1 adult (350 lbs)
- Weight: 36 lbs
- Tube diameter: 12.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 15"
- Waterline: 69"
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Specifications of the AIRE Outfitter II:
- Dimensions: 12'5" x 41"
- Capacity: 2 adults (525 lbs)
- Weight: 43 lbs
- Tube diameter: 12.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 18.5"
- Waterline: 100"
Quality Material and Construction
Made from 1100 denier PVC and featuring urethane AIRECells that provide a firm shape, the AIRE Outfitter kayaks feature bra coverings on the hull and stern with bail holes to permit faster water runoff.
Low Center of Gravity and Great Stability
The first thing that gets noticed in reviews is the pronounced rocker style of the AIRE Outfitter kayak, and the flat bottom. The 19.5" bow and stern rise are designed for better deflection of waves and the larger 12.5"diameter tubes offer greater buoyancy. It’s a winning design for river rafting companies who rent this secure inflatable kayak to scared-y-cat novices who won’t get into a kayak if they think they’ll end up in the water. Even experienced kayakers have admitted a fondness for this little banana shaped boat.
Best Way to Be Introduced to Kayaking
AIRE Outfitter kayaks were designed for stability and comfort, not speed, tricks, or maneuverability. Although these inflatables can be taken on more advanced whitewater rapids by intermediate kayakers looking to gain some confidence, the Outfitters are primarily marketed to commercial river adventure companies as an entry-level kayak for their novice customers. Outfitters are also a good choice for consumers who want a less aggressive but fun yak so they can experience kayaking at their own pace. If the specs and intended use of AIRE Outfitter inflatable kayaks do not match your needs, read our review of the bestselling AIRE Lynx which sells for about the same price.
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