The sleek 14' inflatable crossover kayak offers many options for the ambitious, adventurous paddler. Run moderate whitewater, paddle placid lakes or load it up for a multi-day expedition on moving or still water-solo or with a friend.
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This is our pros and cons list for the Super Lynx after 4 outings in lake and Class II river. We returned to kayaking after 40 years in Old Town and Wenonah canoes, and our preference is still canoeing. But in spite of hundreds of hours canoeing all kinds of lake conditions, we could not imagine a canoe self-rescue with grandkids on board. So we decided on an inflatable kayak to be 100% safe on a lake with grandkids. We chose a Super Lynx after trying the best Aquaglide and Sea Eagle tandems. Here are our Super Lynx Pros: can’t tip or sink it, rugged, light weight, easy to roll up and carry, paddles good on flat water and into moderate headwind, comfortable with AIRE inflatable thwart seats, self bailing, 10 yr warrantee, best materials and components, made in USA for decades, bright/safe colors, pretty, 5 minutes to inflate, AIRE staff knowledgeable and responsive. Our cons: hard to paddle a line with 10+ mph side or tail wind, poor paddle control in side currents, AIRE Cheetah and Deluxe kayak seats are not compatible or comfortable with life jackets, not much room to store gear, some paddle drip despite drip rings, some wave splash over side tubes, get occasional wet butt, water gets into (inside) the floor pocket directly thru mesh drains, water also seeps into side tubes thru stitching and zippers, heavy to lift and carry from water until the floor pocket drains out thru mesh drains, not all water drains out of floor pocket and side tubes so after use you must leave in hot sun for trapped water to evaporate and vapor to escape thru zippers. Be aware, but not discouraged, by our cons list. We found the AIRE staff gives very knowledgeable and professional advice. We are glad we bought ours.
I had considered Aire's Tributary line of imported boats, but opted for the Aire brand instead, as I did not care for the quakity and cost-cutting features on friends Tomcats. It is so nice owning something of this quality and you can't beat Aire's warranty. I will be back as soon as I can run her on some class II/III whitewater and update my review.
The Aire pvc and bladder system make the boat nice and stiff. The construction method does create lots of places where dirt and grime collect. Expect to spend some time with a sponge cleaning it up now and then. The removable aluminum skeg is sweet for slack water. Tracking is terrible without one.
If you want to paddle a wide array of water with one boat, this is it.
It packs down small enough to avoid extra airline charges. It is extremely tough and durable. Tracks so-so. You do get wet, (self bailers do splash you) so if using it in cold water dress accordingly. This is a very versatile, very well made boat (should be with the cost). If you travel like I do, it opens up a new world everywhere you go.
There are cheaper inflatables, but when I'm in surf and can scrape coral, its good to know it will hold up. Same thing with fishing where you bounce a lot of sharp objects around. Highly recommended.