This imported boat weighs in at 38 pounds with it’s thick 1000 denier 24 ounce underside material, a bit heavy for a solo boat. The standard seat is the same one used for the Lynx, Super Lynx, Strike, and Sea Tiger. The Tomcat’s width is almost 38″, so don’t plan on using a short (like 220 or 225cm) paddle with this ‘yak because you won’t be able to move it effectively.
AIRE Tributary Tomcats pretty well negate the need to look at the wetter, slower bailing Sevylor River-X series kayaks, the squishy and wet Stearns self bailers, or the slow, piggy Sea Eagle 340.
Tributary Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak Multi-day Adventures
These are an excellent choice for folks who want to do self supported multi-day whitewater trips because they have a ton of tie-down loops and lots of room behind the seat (and in front, depending on seat position) for gear, and plenty of weight capacity. AIRE’s specs actually rate the carrying capacity of this boat at 25 pounds less than the Lynx I, which is absurd. The 350 pound rating on the Lynx I, due to all it’s post-2003 design changes, is really optimistic. 300 to 320 is about right. The Tomcat I on the other hand will carry close to 400 pounds without swamping.
Tributary Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak Material
Tomcats don’t inflate quite as rock-hard as the American models because the 900 denier Chinese fabric on the upper tube is a bit more stretchy. The bottom seams on the Tomcat are stitched rather than welded. If you happen to fall into that 1/10 of 1% of paddlers who run rivers with unusually abrasive or sharp geology, you might consider covering this stitching with either some glued on seam tape or a very fine layer of Aquaseal. That, or pass entirely on the Tomcat. We also have to say that as of this update to our site, the oldest Tomcats are hitting six years of age now. And we are starting to get reports of the underside stitching coming loose. In fact we had a customer bring a torn one for us to look at and forward to AIRE for repairs just last week. He had used it very heavily for four seasons and was not unhappy, but the damage to the thread on the bottom was fairly extensive. Even so, the vast majority of you should never worry about those seams. We’ve begun to hear from a few Tomcat buyers that have had some trouble with pinholes in their tube bladders recently, and that is an expected shortcoming of the vinyl bladders over the proven and very durable urethane ones used in all the other AIRE models.
AIRE Tributary Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak Price Cannot Be Beat
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Tributary Kayaks Tomcat Solo Specs
- Item: AIRE Tributary Tomcat Solo Inflatable Kayak
- SKU: tomcatsolo
- Color: Dark blue or red
- Length: 10’3″
- Width: 36″
- Rolled up dimensions (no seat): 12×41″
- Boat weight: 40 lbs.
- Load capacity: 325 lbs.
- Tube diameter: 11.5″
- Air chambers: 3
- PSI inflation: Floor=2 Tube=2.5
- Waterline: 84″
- Rocker (no load): 15.00″
- Tube shell material: PVC 1000 denier
- Tube bladder material: Vinyl unreinforced
- Floor shell material: Bottom=1000 denier : Top=500 denier
- Floor bladder material: 400 denier urethane coated nylon
- Valves: Summit II
- Features: 2 carry handles, Stitched seams, Cargo pack on seat
- Inflatable thwart backrest: Optional Thwart Backrest (no pillow backrest included) add extra charge
- Shipping info: 47 lbs. 13x21x25″
- Warranty: 1 year