NRS Revolution Rafts – Rugged Rafts for Real River Adventures
The latest inflatable technology has culminated in the launch of NRS Revolution rafts, so-called for their cutting-edge polyurethane-coated nylon fabric. Not only is it tough and lightweight, it is an alternative to pricey Pennel Orca (Hypalon) rafts. You don’t have to settle for a PVC raft – take a look at this revolution!
A Look at the Raft
NRS Revolution rafts feature the exclusive NRS BAT® (Batten Attachment Thwart) System, allowing for easy attachment or removal of the thwarts (seats). The most popular size, the NRS 140 SB, is a classic 14' self-bailing raft that features three perimeter tube air chambers, 12 stainless steel 2" D-Rings, and four EasyCarry™ handles.
Features/specs on the NRS 140 SB:
- Length: 14'
- Width: 7'
- Tube Diameter: 20"
- Center Compartment: 44"W x 45"L
- Frame Width/Length: 66" x 83"
- Kick/Rocker (Bow/Stern): 31"
- Weight: 106 lbs
- Capacity: 4 – 6 paddlers
- Air Chambers: 6
- Valves: Leafield C7 Fill - A7 Pressure Relief
- Weight/Denier: 31/1680
- Hull colors: Blue or Orange
- Warranty: 5 yrs Retail, 3 yrs Commercial
- Price: $3,295
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Introducing the new Revolution Fabric
The NRS Revolution rafts are based on the design of the bestselling Otter Series with the addition of the innovative polyurethane-coated nylon NRS Revolution Fabric. The tubes and self-bailing floor feature the 31-oz, 1680-denier fabric, with an additional layer of 1680-denier fabric guards covering the bottoms of the tubes, and 840-denier wear patches protecting the tops of the tubes where paddlers sit.
Not only is this material very lightweight and super resistant to scrapes, cuts, and abrasion, it is less expensive that Pennel Orca, the next generation Hypalon fabric used on other NRS inflatable rafts such as the Otter and Expedition series rafts. Here is a quick comparison of prices and fabric for three fourteen-foot self-bailing models:
- 14' Revolution 140 Self-Bailing Raft - $3,295
- 14' Otter 140 Self-Bailing Raft - $3,750
- 14' Expedition E-140 Self-Bailing Raft - $4,895
The NRS Revolution 140SB offers a savings of almost $500 over the 14' Otter raft, and $1,600 over the professional 14' Expedition!
Other features on these NRS inflatable rafts include the rugged and always reliable Leafield C7 valves for easy inflation of the tubes, and a Leafield A6 pressure relief valve to protect the floor. These rafts are assembled using a space-age seam welding process rather than traditional hand gluing.
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Other Sizes in the Revolution & Osprey Series
All of these NRS rafts use the Revolution fabric. The Osprey rafts have the same features, but are designed with high rocker angles at the bow and stern to boost maneuverability and reduce the waterline. Sizes include:
- Osprey High 5 — 10' - $2,695
- Osprey 120 SB — 12' - $2,850
- Osprey 135 SB — 13'5" - $3,295
- Revolution 120 SB — 12' - $2,595
- Revolution 130 SB — 13' - $2,995
- Revolution 140 SB — 14' - $3,295
- Revolution 150 SB — 15' - $3,595
Ranks Among the Best
In the spring of 2010, the 140 SB model of the NRS Revolution rafts was reviewed in Canoe and Kayak magazine as the workhorse of the new line, and touting the advantages of the lighter weight material that offers the same toughness as Pennel Orca. If you are looking to save a little money but still want a rugged raft that goes on real river adventures for anywhere from four to eight paddlers, the R-series rafts are an excellent choice.
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