AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak

AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak
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Price: $1,649.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 57.00 lbs




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The Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak is one of five AIRE whitewater tandems. Other models are the Lynx II, Super Lynx, Tomcat 2, and Strike II.

AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak Design Changes (from 2014)

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Any accessories purchased with your boat are 10% off, but please note that our shopping cart as yet does NOT reflect these discounts - it will show a higher total so we will adjust the bottom line before ringing the transaction through.

If some of the measurements you see here vary (see bottom) from what AIRE's website or catalog lists for the two person Outfitter, it's because we are going by the ones we've measured here.

Large Looking AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak

This model looks far more burly than you can tell from AIRE's photos. As the name implies, it was geared toward the commercial outfitters who provide "duckies" for their clients to use on the rivers they operate from. As a general rule, those clients will be happiest if they do not take unintended swims in the big rapids. The simplest way to prevent this on tag-along trips is to make sure the inflatable kayak they are paddling is as stable as possible. The way to make a boat stable is with a wide hull and a deep seating position. All of AIRE's other models are either very shallow (the Lynx's, the Force series, the Super Lynx) or somewhat shallow (like the Strikes and Tomcat II).

The preceding may make the tandem Outfitter sound like something a private boater wouldn't want to buy, and we do not mean to give that impression. Of the four true AIRE & Tributary tandem whitewater models, the Super Lynx withstanding since it is more a hybrid than solely a river boat), the Outfitter II has emerged firmly as our best selling model, and every buyer we've talked with after the sale has been delighted with this boat. All deep inflatable kayaks like this one do require you to raise your elbows a bit higher when paddling, but other than that minor comment the feedback for this boat has so far been 100% positive - something we cannot say about the Lynx tandem or any other boat in this section of our site.

The Outfitter tandem and solo's are geared toward the Hyside Padillac market, perhaps a bit shamelessly, but one thing AIRE really improved over the Hyside is the profile of the Outfitter's underside. Unlike the Padillac, it is nearly pancake-flat. This makes the boat float higher, increases payload, and makes it far less prone to hanging up on rocks or getting messed with by eddy currents. The Outfitter II is also faster than the Padillac, about the same as a Lynx II, and just a tad slower than the Strike II. If you compared it to a Strike II with 450 pounds on board though, the Outfitter tandem would definitely be quicker.

AIRE Outfitter II Inflatable Kayak Payload

The tandem Outfitters we have measured are 40" wide (an inch less than AIRE shows), 12'4" long, 46 pounds, with 12-1/2" tubes, and they hold about 525 pounds This is the highest payload of any tandem whitewater IK under 13'. We know that Sea Eagle shows some very high figures for their 380 and 420 models, but they only hold these weights if the bail plugs are closed. In self-bailing mode they have fairly low capacities.

The Outfitter II price includes UPS to any lower 48 State destination. This kayak is available in the same colors as all the other U.S. made AIRE models- red, dark green, orange, lime, yellow, medium blue, and if you can wait a while, possibly dark purple. Check to be sure.

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