My plan was to purchase NRS Otter or E, but after months of researching, I decided to go with AIRE. Diminishing tube with Sealed Pocket Floor option makes this boat a very nimble and fun expedition boat. Most 15-16 footers are pigs, and pretty much line-it-up-and-hope-for-the-best. This D option even at 15'6" is very nimble and quick to turn. I think the sealed floor also helps with the maneuverability. There is enough room for 3-4 passengers for multiday camping trip, and I plan to take my family of 6 down the Rogue this summer. R version may hold a bit more gear, but, in my humble opinion, the D is the best of both worlds. Construction is bomb proof, and their 10 year no fault warranty is one of a kind on the market. The only regret I had was lack of color choice.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend