Spud, Spud Muffin, Slaytertot, call it what you will. The AIRE Tributary Spud is proof that good things come in small sizes. This thing may be short, but its nothing short of awesome!
While this boat is marketed as a youth kayak, they won't be growing out of it anytime soon, as its plenty capable for adults under 200 pounds as well. You might end up fighting over who gets to use it...
When used with thigh straps, we've found the Spud to be about the closest you can get to a hardshell kayak feel in an inflatable kayak; you can even roll it if you're good enough!
The Spud crushes runs that you would never think an inflatable this small would be capable of running. It's a bit slow versus other designs, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for in its maneuverability and overall whitewater performance. From boofing pour-overs to side surfing a play wave, this little boat does it all.
The Spud rolls up smaller than a paco pad and inflates with a K-pump in about two minutes. Its perfect small craft to bring along on river trips.
Get Spuddy with it, and be pretty fly for a French Fry!
Tributary Spud Inflatable Features:
- Air Chambers: 2
- AIREcell Material: Vinyl
- Seam Construction: Welded
- Valve: Summit 2
- Warranty: 1 Year
Tributary Spud Inflatable Specs:
- Length: 7'2"
- Width: 35.5"
- Tube Diameter: 11.5"
- Bow/Stern Rise: 7.5"
- 2" Waterline: 51"
- Weight: 21.5 lbs.
- Fabric Denier x Material Weight: 1000 x 23
- classmates tag
Adult play boat.
As a six foot four 210lb adult male I was dubious regarding the likelihood this would be a fun boat for me. It turns out. There is a reason the only photo on the AIRE site is of a large adult in this boat. I have done my first class three and easy four in it, learned to surf it and have had an incredible amount of fun learning to ride rivers in the Spud. My advice is if you got this far just buy one! You cannot go wrong! You will have a blast and build a skill set that will advance your boating ability.
The SPUD is one of our all-time favorite toys to float with. Learning to surf with it is sooooo satisfying. We're happy to hear you are having a similar experience! Thanks for your awesome review, Craig!
Wonderful customer service
Getting our Spud was a rush job. The item is not in stock in many locations, but I was able to find it at CKS Online. After a phone call, support confirmed the item was in stock and ready to ship. We purchased online at 2pm Tuesday. Shipping was able to prioritize our order and the Spud went out that night. We received it on Thursday evening, in time for our weekend trip. That was outstanding customer support. The kayak itself is amazing, but the support at CKS Online is what will keep me coming back. Great job!
fast shipping, great gear
great time to get out on the water
Now that everyone is looking for ways to get out and enjoy life, yet stay the separation ... this is just the best way. small compact size makes it easy to get it to the water.. while its great balance make it wonderful when out there alone.
Just the right size
For my grandson