We wanted a versatile raft that was small enough to roll up into the back of our Subaru wagon after our outings. So far, so good. It's light, but big enough to hold a kid, a dog, and our gear for several nights so far. We got a rowing frame and it's handled it well. I've heard rowing a puma compared to floating in a dory. Definitely not as nimble as a dory, but still pretty maneuverable. Have not taken this on big water (class III+ tops so far), but I have no reason to believe it wouldn't perform well. So far, it's been very stable. It's a tight raft, but works out just fine for my family and I. We end up with plenty of room, even with a narrower body. For trips longer than a week, probably best to go with another raft to be able to carry the extra gear. We inflate before every trip and deflate afterward. Adds some work, but we've decided we're not at the point where we're willing to invest in a trailer and a rig that can haul a trailer. It's perfect for this kind of use. Nice that it comes with the thwarts.
It has a 10 year warranty and I'm hopeful that AIRE will live up to it if things go awry. This was a big reason why we purchased this, so we have high expectations.
Only concern so far is over the durability. It's bumped up against some rocks and they've taken some little bites out the raft material. With a 10 year warranty, this river raft should be made to easily withstanding bumping into rocks every now and then. I'm hopeful this is not a sign that the material may be less durable than expected, but time will tell.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend