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Old 02-17-2010, 09:17 AM
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got a question for you all......i have been concidering looking to get an inflatable Pontoon style......what im wondering is how tough are they? as far as punture resistant?.....we have a small river here that we used to float with a canoe but there are a lot of small riffles and so on that can be pretty hard on equiptment....also how light are they weight wise....this little river has some great fishing for bass and other warm water fish....used to float it a lot when i was a kid with my dad and havent been down it in years since my dad passed away and would like to get an inflatable to take a float or two this summer
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It depends. Outcast, Bucks Bags, and Scadden's gear are all very well built and quite tough. (Those also tend to increase in price as you go through that list) I would likely get outcast's cheapest offering that'll handle your floats, and go that route.

They're generally around 50 lbs, but can be packed into a car's trunk if you're willing to do lots of assembling and inflating upon arrival.
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Default Re: a question on inflatables....how tough?

This is the one i been lookin at pretty hard

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Default Re: a question on inflatables....how tough?

Those have been around awhile, and are likely fairly tough. Keep in mind that you're diving into this at the peak of the purchase season for such things, which is good and bad: you're less likely to find them on sale than you would in say, October, but you've got a decent shot at finding one second-hand in good shape being sold by somebody who wants a new toy.

I'd check craigslist and local fishing boards to see what's out there. (not eBay, shipping would be high and you wouldn't get to inspect it in advance)

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Default Re: a question on inflatables....how tough?

Luke,

Where are you living and how rough is the river? I have two Out Cast Fishcat's, One is a 13' two man and the other an 8' Cougar model. Both are tough as nails and used hard, they are the only brand I have any experience with. Cliff has it right with checking Craig's list for a deal. If you go new, I would buy from a rafting business where they really know the product.
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the river isnt rough by any means its a pretty slow speed flow jsut has a lot of nasty riffles and logjams stuff like that...nothin with any kind of rapids or anything like that
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Default Re: a question on inflatables....how tough?

If you ever would want to take a multi - day float and have room for gear, dog, even a second person I would look to the 13' Outcast / Fish Cat. Problem: you need a flat trailer like a snow machine or lawn tractor trailer to move them.

If you're pretty sure it'll always be day trips or just solo fishing then any of the good quality one man rafts will work for ya. I like that Cougar because it has 4 air chambers, two on each side. They are really stable. Plus: bed of the truck will do fine or even the roof of the car if you have a rack.
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71 lbs for a 9'er? That tells you it's a steel frame, not aluminum, it has nylon outer shell with a pvc lower end. Sewn and I'm betting it's got vinyl bladders too. Rated for class I rivers which is pretty much s- l- o- w smooth water, kind of like a irrigation canal.
Look at all the cr@p on the front for you to get your line caught on. Believe me, it will happen. It's a cheap, Chinese made kickboat. I'd look at a Scadden or Outcast. Especially a used one if you can't afford a new one.
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