2016 Force updated with a mesh floor top and bottom drain system, bow and stern d-rings, and d-ring thigh strap attachment points at the hip. A Force to be reckoned with on the river, this high-performance inflatable kayak offers advanced boaters incredible quickness and maneuverability in all kinds of whitewater. More portable and packable than a hardshell boat, it requires little storage space, and you can easily transport it—no roof rack necessary—where the waves are big and the holes are challenging. Multiple thigh strap attachment points in the cockpit and adjustable bow and stern let you dial in the perfect fit.
It's hard not to get excited about this IK.
The Aire Force is a truly exceptional whitewater craft.
It handles like a dream. I've run it in both rivers, and steep creeks from high flows, to extreme lows.
This boat requires a intermediate-advanced level of paddling experience, it is a performance kayak and handles like one.
The AIRE Force can surf, race, slalom, play in waves, bomb waterfalls, and cut through big rapids with ease.
Very responsive craft, eddying out, and paddling upriver are very easy with this kayak. It is also fairly light, and even bushwacking portages in rough country are possible.
This is strictly a whitewater craft, there is little to no room for gear unless you were to remove the bow floats.
It also has a weight limit that you should research if your a larger paddler
I am 6ft1 and close to 200lbs, its a snug fit for my large frame, and I feel if I were any larger I would need to get the Force XL.
River running, steep creeking, play boating, surfing, and E.L.F. paddling this Kayak can do it all, and do it well.
Love this boat.
Price is high but I couldn't be happier with how awesome, and fun this kayak is.
So far we really like it. It is plenty stable (close to the Lynx), maneuvers great and like the Lynx, is super tough. It floats over the holes well and because of the amount of rocker rides over much of the rough stuff. It does cost a little more than the Lynx and so far I have not noticed enough of an advantage to pay the extra money. There is no storage room at all so you have no room for a pump or an extra paddle. I am not a playboat person but someday I will have the guts to jump in a hole to see how it surfs. If that is your goal than this boat would likely be better for you than the Lynx. I do wish it had a pressure relief valve in the floor and sometimes the floor blows up a little crooked.
If I was to do it all over again I would likely buy two Lynx. But a year down the road, as I become more comfortable with the river, my hope is I will appreciate this boat more than the Lynx.
If you want the best, buy the high end Aires.
It also has a poor backrest. I tied a dry bag on behind the seat to provide back support. I thought the Force XL handled a lot like my hardshell--I caught every eddie I tried and had a couple of great days with it. I found the back rest adequate in the Force XL. I'm sure some folks can roll these boats but I could not come close to rolling either boat.