The AIRE Power Traveler Inflatable Kayak with Motormount
The AIRE Power Traveler inflatable kayak is better described as touring canoe or even a narrow raft. It boasts to being able to carry an amazing 785 pounds of payload but that may be a touch overstated.
Features of the Kayak
This rugged craft has two self-bailing drain holes so it can handle whitewater as well as flat water. It comes with two bench seats, two carry handles, 16 sets of cargo loops, a repair kit, and a transom on the back for adding a small motor.
15' x 47"
- Load Capacity:
- Weight: 70 lbs
- Tube Diameter: 14"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 9"
- Water Line: 128"
- Air Chambers: 3
- Base Fabric: 1100 Denier
- Warranty: 10 years
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Materials Used in Construction
The AIRE Power Traveler inflatable kayak has a wide-beam canoe design for stability and to provide a heavy load capacity. The built-in transom can be used to mount a small motor – which is the key factor in this model. You don’t want to paddle a fully loaded 15-ft inflatable, since you’ll be exhausted about a mile into your journey.
The Power Traveler features the patented AIREcell floor and urethane air bladders, covered with 1100 denier base material (Weight Oz/Yd: 24/27) and a PVC-coated outer shell. The seams are thermo welded for superior holds. AIRE backs the craft with an industry-best 10-year, no fault warranty. That means AIRE will repair anything that rips on it – even if it’s your fault – at no cost.
The AIRE Power Traveler is rated for day trips, touring, and expeditions but weighing in at 70+ pounds alone brings its portability into question. Since the weight on the PT is listed as the same weight as the non-transom Traveler, reviewers believe the actually boat weight to be higher.
What We Say
We prefer the other Specialty Series inflatable kayaks made by AIRE which includes the Sea Tiger and the Super Lynx. Those models have a true “kayak profile” while the PT is really more of a narrow canoe/raft with a motor option. Also, the PT has canoe-style benches (and not soft kayak seats) so there’s no back support on long journeys. Reviews also mention that the original Traveler kayak/canoe/raft was a major effort to paddle, so perhaps that is why AIRE decided to rig the Traveler with a motormount feature. Overall, the AIRE Power Traveler inflatable kayak is well-built, but it’s too unwieldy to bother with since there are better choices out there.
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