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Velcro-attached sprayskirts are now available for the solo and tandem Innova Swings. The cockpit rims of Swings have the fuzzy half of the velcro already on them, and the skirt has the loop half. These skirts attach very firmly and will survive fair sized waves crashing on the deck - unlike a certain other brand of decked inflatable that we won't mention by name.
If you purchase this skirt with a Swing, you receive a 10% accessory discount which will make the actual price $44. The skirt itself is made of strong, light teflon coated fabric. One size only.
Klymit 20 Ounce Static V Air Mattress
The Static V mattress weighs a mere 1-1/4 pounds, and rolls up about an inch and a half longer than the tiniest kayak throwbag. We're talking 3-3/4" X 7-1/2" folks. And the weird herringbone design has comfort well beyond what you normally derive from a "5-hump" mattress with lengthwise tubes. These are a bit smaller than AIRE's 24" Landing Pads - six feet by 23" and 2.5" thick, so if you are tall your feet may be off the bottom a bit, but it seems a small price to pay for the incredible amount of space you will save. For that matter, many of the bulky Thermarest pads are no bigger in size, and many are thinner from top to bottom.
So who is our target market for the Static V? Obviously any backpacker will love this, and those who have little spare space on a smaller raft will also appreciate it's teeny rolled size. But we specialize in inflatable kayaks, and for those doing self supported trips you cannot beat this guy with a stick. The same is true if you are a hardsheller. Quick to inflate by mouth, with a limited lifetime warranty, in a leaf-green color. $65 with a stuff sack and patch kit.
We've done fairly well selling AIRE's very comfortable self inflating Landing Pads in the years that they have been available, but the problem with them is their size & weight. Even for those with large rafts they take up an enormous amount of space. Ditto for the back of smaller and mid-size SUV's.
What we have been hunting for for the last few years is the smallest possible conventional air mattress that would have both very high quality and also a compact rolled size, the Klymit 20 Ounce Static V Air Mattress.
We've yet to use one of these newer AIRE Deluxe kayak seats ourselves. They are different from the standard Cheetah Chair that other AIRE kayaks come with in several ways. The Deluxe Seat has stiffer foam, and more of it, in both the backrest and the buttrest. The front edge of the buttrest has a raised ridge to prevent you from slipping when you go over those steep drops. The rear pouch, instead of being made of mesh like on the Cheetah Chair, is constructed of the same dark gray pvc as the rest of the seat, and it measures about 10" X 10". There is no flip strap off the back (few AIRE pilots use these anyway), and the rear attachments are mounted higher. There is a cup holder like the Cheetah Chair has, but also a little rod holder.
Other important differences are the height of the backrest, which is only 10" compared to about 11-1/2" on the Cheetah Chair, and the elimination of the side angle adjustment straps found on the Cheetah Chair. These backrest angle adjusting straps, located near your kidneys on the Cheetah, run through ladder locks. And these Chinese made ladder locks are very weak; many paddlers end up with them broken, and a subsequent loss of back support. Not so with the new Deluxe Seat. It has extremely beefy side supports, set to 90 degrees, with no hardware to break. You can see the side angle supports in the upper right of the two views in our photo.
The Deluxe Seat also has one other construction difference that you should be aware of. Unlike the Cheetah Chair, the Deluxe Seat has no zipper to access the interior. This zipper on the Cheetah Chair is often used to either open up & dry out the interior, and/or to add additional closed cell foam. The edges of the Deluxe Seat, on the other hand, are stitched, and most of the upper ones also have edge beading on them. This means that once water gets inside the Deluxe, it will take a while to dry out. Drying is best accomplished by setting it on it's left or right side with one of the bare stitched seams facing down. We don't want to scare you into thinking this will be a big problem, but there will be some moisture inside after it's been used a while. $69 each
It should be noted that overall, this new seat is actually less comfortable than the Cheetah chair, and it is really best to think of it as a whitewater item rather than a chair for those who enjoy easier rivers and calm water.
This is an alternative to the more expensive 7" AIRE kayak thwart, though the Tomcat "seat" has a float-bag twist valve, not a Leafield valve. The Tomcat inflatable backrest is for AIRE brand boats only, and can also function as a footrest as long as you cinch it down very tightly to the floor (so your feet cannot accidentally slip under it during a flip or big vertical drop). It is held in by a pair of straps that come off each side, and you loop these straps through your boat's cargo loops, then back up through a plastic ladder lock.
As back support goes, the Tomcat seat is slightly better than the $89 seven inch AIRE Kayak Thwart, but not as comfortable as the Cheetah chair and not nearly as supportive in whitewater as AIRE's 12" Kayak Thwart (these other seat/backrests are listed in this same section). However, if you own an AIRE kayak that you fly with, a pair of Tomcat seats will compact nicely with the boat, whereas the stock Cheetah chairs tend to make a rolled AIRE kayak far more bulky in size. On a commercial airliner, it can be the difference between paying "oversize" baggage fees or not. This product comes in gray only.