AIRE Tributary Tomcat Tandem Inflatable Kayak

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Love it so far

I bought this in December and haven't yet been able to take it out on the river yet, but I have tested it on a lake. I'm mostly comparing it to the older Tomcat solo model and an older Sea Eagle 380x. First, this is a newer model (2017, I think); if you're looking up reviews on kayaking blogs they are typically referring to the old version. This is too bad as this one actually addresses some of the complaints and adds some new features: WEIGHT: The weight posted on the item description here is 54 lbs, but it's actually 42 lbs now. DRAINAGE: The new drainage system is fantastic - there are large mesh gaps on the side that should be able to drain water more quickly than the older design. FLIP HANDLES: There are also new flip handles on the which will be handy if it flips while loaded up. SEATS: The seat design is simple, but I think the valves on them are great - perfect for top offs by mouth and the cap reverses to deflate. SEAMS: One thing that used to separate the Tributary line from their American-made counterparts were the stitched seams (I saw some reports of these splitting over time) - they are now welded. FLOOR STRAPS: There are looped floor straps spaced throughout each side. I recall those not being there in the older model (I think you had to loop them yourself through the bailing holes in the floor). One thing I really like is that with the rounded floor design, the kayak doesn't hold water. With the older Sea Eagle 380x I have, water pools up and makes paddling sluggish. There are no scupper plugs, but on a lake you wont get very wet since you float pretty high. The handling seems responsive and the tracking isn't terrible, even without a skeg (although this is definitely a river kayak). We got the lime color and it looks really nice in person. I've added a motorcycle cargo net to help hold items down in the back and thigh straps. I will probably add some D-ring patches eventually, but right now it's just too pretty.

Nathan R.
Fort Collins, CO
CKS Online

Hey Nathan , thank you so much for the super informative review! Im sure you will have a blast once you can get it on a river!


Purging the Red River Gorge

I haven't used these yet for the river clean-up but have used the brand before and that was part of the decision to purchase along with cks generous discount. The job at hand will make the purging of the Red River Gorge easier...

Donnie L.
United States
CKS Online

Hey Donnie! Always happy to help out river clean up crews! Thanks for the review- Shea


love it

This is a very responsive kayak, great for family outings. Has a nice stiff floor so you don't feel like you are sitting in water all day. Also, the back rests are very supportive and comfortable.We love them so much we bought two!

Jenny N.
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