AIRE Super Duper Puma 14' Inflatable Raft

AIRE Super Duper Puma 14' Inflatable Raft
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Price: $3,949.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 128.00 lbs

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AIRE's 14' Super Duper Puma self bailing inflatable raft is shown priced with no thwarts, though our photo shows three. A no-thwart configuration will affect the boat's inside width slightly. Often, having at least one thwart blown up firm spreads the raft apart the final inch or two, so if you are splitting hairs on the frame width keep this in mind. Ground UPS is free for the lower 48 though our cart does not deduct this, so it's best to phone your order in. If you use the cart we will deduct the shipping before capturing your funds. Additional 5% discount for bank transfer / cashiers check also available.

AIRE Super Duper Puma Whitewater Raft - the Skinniest 14'

The Super Duper Puma inflatable raft came out about nine years back, and it is another narrow series raft like the regular Super Puma, but stretched to 14'. The width is only 5'11", making this the skinniest production fourteen footer on the market. We haven't played with one yet but the AIREheads have rowed and paddled it on various Idaho runs, and they feel it's stable even with a frame. That said, no one should expect a boat this narrow to be quite as stable in high flow rivers as a similar raft that's 8" or 10" wider. With smallish 19" tubes and a very short footprint, you should not plan on loading a Super Duper Puma raft with much more than 1100 pounds either.

As a paddle raft for six people, or maybe seven if they are of moderate weight, the Super Duper Puma should be a hoot. If you want an oar raft for high volume rivers or for class VI and V runs, or one to just load heavy for long trips, you may be better served with the regular R and D series AIRE rafts in either thirteen or fourteen foot lengths. When a raft is only 33" wide inside like the Super Duper, you may be forced to load camping gear further fore and aft, creating a "flywheel" effect when pivoting. A lot of weight loaded far to the stern also allows big holes to pull a raft back in more easily. Additionally, a 33" width limits you as to the size of cooler or drybox you can carry unless you want to rig one lengthwise, which is impossible with most frames and impractical in all cases. There is an extra-narrow drybox available (we don't carry it, but they are produced by Recretec) for the Puma series rafts, but at a tiny 26" width, it doesn't hold much. All this aside though the Super Duper Puma still allows fly fishermen to do over-nighters that might be difficult with the smaller Super Puma.

Give us feedback on AIRE Super Duper Puma Whitewater Raft

One SuperDuper owner we know lives in Northwestern CA and he uses his on small-flow coastal streams, often for fly fishing. He's been very happy with the boat, though his sees little whitewater above class III.

The standard color options include blue, red, lime, yellow, "Florida orange", and a dark green. If you can wait a month or two and don't mind putting down a deposit, we can also special order white, gray, and dark purple Super Duper's. All AIRE thwarts are removable and repositionable. The Super Duper weighs 115 pounds. For information on Sealed Floor Pockets for Super Duper Pumas please call, or see the write up in this section of our site.


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