AIRE Tributary Strike Inflatable Kayak – An All-Around Recreational IK
The rugged and stable AIRE Tributary Strike inflatable kayak has a self-bailing floor capable of handling different types of water.
Features of the Kayak
Included with the kayak is a removable backrest, carrying bag, and repair kit.
Specifications of the AIRE Tributary Strike:
- Dimensions: 10'3" x 37.5"
- Load Capacity: 300 lbs
- Weight: 36 lbs
- Tube Diameter: 10.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 10.5"
- Water Line: 83.5"
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Specifications of the AIRE Tributary Strike 2:
- Dimensions: 12'6" x 36.5"
- Load Capacity: 450 lbs
- Weight: 47 lbs
- Tube Diameter: 10.75"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 9.75"
- Water Line: 113"
Two Choices for Packing Gear
The 10'3" AIRE Tributary Strike inflatable kayak has high rockered ends to power through waves, yet the design has a low enough profile that it can handle windy conditions on flat water without being tossed around. With a self-bailing floor, the versatile Strike can also handle up to Class III whitewater.
The tandem 12'6" Tributary Strike 2 inflatable kayak can be used by a solo paddler who packs a lot of gear, or by two people, by adding a second seat.
These Chinese-made Tributary kayaks use less expensive materials than other AIRE kayaks in order to keep the price down for budget buyers. Strikes are made with 30-oz per square yard, 500 denier fabric and PVC-coated on the top of the craft, and 32-oz, 1000-denier PVC on the bottom.
The AIRE Lynx, Strike, or the Tomcat Solo?
The popular Lynx costs about $400 more and it features a high 15" bow rise compare to the 10" bow rise on the Strike. The Lynx also has material that is more lightweight, saving you about 4 pounds in weight, and it has the AIRE 10-year warranty while the Strike has a 5-year warranty.
The Tomcat is a beginner’s kayak priced about $600, some $150 to $200 less than the AIRE Tributary Strike inflatable kayak . The Tomcat features stitched seams, vinyl bladders, and a one-year warranty, while the Strike, like the Lynx, has welded seams and urethane bladders.
With any of the three models compared here, performance is superior in an AIRE or Tributary kayak, so they are an easy choice over a Sevylor or Sea Eagle. So the choice is simply: good (the Tomcat solo), better (the Strike), or best (the Lynx), with quality of materials increasing as you go up in price.
What We Say
Reviewers comment that both Strike models are very comfortable and the wide beam makes them especially safe for novices as they are nearly impossible to tip over. Though not super-fast, these kayaks are good for whitewater and flatwater, as well as being economical, rugged, easy to inflate, and have decent maneuverability. As an all-around recreational kayak, the AIRE Tributary Strike inflatable kayak is a good choice at around $700.
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