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New Fishing Kayak from Innova - the Halibut
The NRS Pike Fishing Inflatable Kayak is not really a "touring" i.k. meant to cover great distances, but neither is it a whitewater model, so it seemed most appropriate to add it to the Solo Touring I.K. section of our site.
The Pike IK a welded pvc boat and is as long as most tandems - 12'6" - but is designed to give a solo angler plenty of space. It can accommodate a child too for tandem fishing. The Pike is 38" wide with 11" side tubes. The floor is 4" thick drop-stitch material that inflates flat like an ironing board, and this floor pad can achieve very rigid pressure. Running any rapids is not really a problem in the Pike, though it's bow and stern do not have the rocker (lift) of most true whitewater inflatables. The rise is about 3".
The NRS Pike is a self bailing kayak, but you should note that if you do plan on running somewhat continuous rapids in it, the bail holes are deliberately very minimal. The Pike will not empty itself fast, nor is it ideal if an already large adult tries to stuff a second big person in front. 330 pounds is a reasonable payload limit.
There are an amazing 32 little stainless D-ring attachments on the Pike, and lift handles at each end. It features a pair of removable skegs (one for deeper water, and a smaller one for the shallows), Leafield valves on the three chamber, an adjustable seat, and a nylon carry bag. There are three attachment mounts for Scotty brand fly rod holders, a tackle bag, and bungie in the bow for securing small coolers, drybags, or a tackle box.
All in all the Pike is a lot of kayak for under a thousand dollars. It carries a three year warranty and is made in China. Hunter green only.
Extra-long, Extra Fast Innova Swing EX Kayak.
With One Cheetah Seat. See the AIRE Tributary Sawtooth kayak full description for more details on the actual boat.
This Sawtooth Inflatable Kayak comes standard with two backrests so you may just remove one backrest to become a Sawtooth Solo Touring Inflatable Kayak, though we also show it in our "tandem touring kayak" as a package deal and accessories.
The genesis of the Sawtooth involved five prototypes and a final factory sample that were sized closely to the Innova Solar tandems we carry from time to time. We wanted something a bit over 13 feet in length, and between 31" and 32" wide, with smaller tubes than existing AIRE models to keep freeboard minimal. Other dealers with a strong interest in this type of inflatable apparently agreed with these specs.
The size of the final prototype five years ago, which the production boats were patterned from, was 31.5" wide with 9" tubes, by 13'3" long. The weight is 42.5 pounds with one seat, about eight more than the Innova Sunny EX but still quite reasonable. With two seats it's 46 pounds. We believe the 400 pound weight capacity shown on AIRE's site might be a bit optimistic; 360 to 370 will work better.
The Sawtooth has a removable fin, and if your paddling skill is fairly high you may be able to leave it off if you wish. In shallow water less than 12" you may have to leave it off. We have been able to keep the Sawtooth tracking fine without the fin, though some may experience "arcing" without it.
The unique aspect of this model compared to most any other inflatable kayak, including the other AIRE & Tributary kayaks, is that it has a keel shaped floor that protrudes about 4" below the main tubes. This is what helps the tracking, but it has a more important purpose in that it floats the boat in a way that keeps the draft of the main tubes shallow - especially with only one paddler on board. The net result of this odd floor is very high hull speed from a relatively short boat. Early prototypes with flatter bottoms were definitely slower, but the Sawtooth as we know it now slices through the water like no inflatable before it. We really never thought anything under 14' or 15' would go faster than the Innova Sunny, which has an excellent hull design, but the Sawtooth is faster by at least half a knot in solo mode, and glides quite a bit further after you stop paddling. In tandem mode with two average 170 pounders in the boat, it's about the same as the Sunny yet it still seems to glide better. You cannot buy a faster boat under $1800 or under 15'. The only other kayaks with protruding floors from AIRE were the older SuperLynx models from the 1990's, and all versions of the Sea Tiger, which are keeled but still pretty doggy compared to the Sawtooth. Floors on these two were/are bulgy at the front and back, not tapered to lifted points like the Sawtooth, and on the Sea Tiger and the old Superlynxs the floor designs seem to add little or nothing to the performance. Many people think with the Sea Tiger being fully triple the Sawtooth price that it must be faster, but it's not even close.
There are 32 cargo/seat loops for tying in gear and the seat(s). The bow and stern have comfortable lift handles, and the Sawtooth comes with a basic patch kit & valve wrench.
With the Sawtooth now available there is really no reason to look at the other brands in the lower end of the price range, unless you feel you just have to have a covered deck model - but many paddlers buy decked boats for the wrong reasons altogether. None of them will paddle as fast or with as little effort as the Sawtooth, even if they may look more "sleek" in the advertisements.
The price includes the one seat and a basic patch kit. Please note that any additional accessories purchased with your boat are 10% off, and also note that our shopping cart as yet does NOT reflect these discounts either - it will show a higher total so we will adjust the bottom line before ringing the transaction through. If for any reason we manage to forget, we will enclose a refund check for the difference inside the box with your receipt.
Note that we also sell this boat as a package with a nice fiberglass two-piece tour paddle and good quality foot pump for another $50, though it does not include the free shipping or freight allowance that the basic Sawtooth here does.
Additionally, in our Tandem Touring area you will find this boat again as a package, but with two paddles, two pumps (one is electric), and a second seat.Obsolete Text Below The AIRE Tributary Sawtooth inflatable kayak, or "Sawtooth I" as it's also known, came out early in 2009. We're very enthused about this affordable, high performance touring model and we're also proud to say that we were one of the main instigators of this kayak. As prices have risen on the European brands, we wanted something that would be more affordable and competitive. It would be a serious understatement to say that the Sawtooth is merely "competitive" with the lower end econo-buy brands though. As far as hull speed goes, it leaves almost all of them in the dust.
Note that AIRE has managed to confuse potential buyers by bringing out a second, longer model with a "II" (2) suffix. That does not mean that this model, now referred to as the "Sawtooth I", is a one person craft. It is in fact longer than many of the two person models found in our Tandem Touring section and easily holds two adults. However, most photos of this model show it with just one seat. More details follow.
For reasons having to do with dealer and end user feedback, AIRE felt that they really wanted to bring their first recreational kayak in at a price point that was not quite possible with a second seat, but as with any AIRE or Tributary kayak you can add, take away, or reposition seats any way you wish. So adding a second seat is no problem. You can either order one off our Kayak Accessory section, or go to the Tandem Touring area, where we show both this 13'3" model with two seats and the longer 15'1" model (which comes standard with two seats).