AIRE Lynx I Inflatable Kayak
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AIRE Lynx I inflatable kayak. The AIRE Lynx I inflatable kayak and it's larger tandem equivalent are still some of our best selling inflatable kayaks, Made in USA. Now, finally, for the first time since 2002, we can give the Lynx I an unqualified thumb's up again. For the last ten years we had been a bit cautious about recommending the solo AIRE Lynx for one simple reason: it was only 4" deep from tube-top to floor-top. And that meant you and your hips did not lock in at all, and made thighstraps mandatory even on class II rivers. It was like sitting on a surfboard, and not always confidence-inspiring.
For 2014, AIRE has redesigned the Lynx solo by decreasing the floor bladder thickness one inch, and simultaneously lowering the floor pocket mounting position by one inch. Which means you now once again have a six inch deep boat with a much lower center of gravity, as the Lynx had been back in the 1990's. AIRE did not change the side tubes, because they were pretty well perfected, but there are three more new details that you will like.
One is the use of mesh overlays that cover the four bail hole groups on the Lynx underside. This is to help keep out twigs and to ensure that nothing pokes upward toward the bail holes and into the floor pocket interior. Second, the bras at both ends are much beefier now, copying those found on AIRE's Outfitter series. The other detail is that there are now two nylon webbing grab handles stitched into the bottom of the Lynx. These are placed into the crevice where the floor and side tubes meet, one on each side. This location should prevent any mishaps caused by these grab loops snagging something under the boat. They do not really hang down at all. And they are certainly far better than the optional circumference flip strap that all AIRE kayaks have had from day one.
This boat has great weight capacity, a high rockered bow and a sleek tapered nose. Lynx I's are one of the very best class V kayaks due to this front-end design; on huge vertical drops they won't plow into the hole as deeply as many other models, including the Strike, Force, and Tomcat. They also don't take in as much water in wave trains since they tend to ride up over them. While we think the new and greatly improved Lynx will please most boaters, if most of your boating consists of moderate class III and IV runs, the Strike model is well worth looking into as well. It's hull speed is easily as good as the Lynx, and it is a bit less "zig-zaggy". To use a technical term.
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