Submitted: 03-04-2002 by m. richards
What we have here is a tandem inflatable, very similar to Stearns' IK-116, just bigger. Dollar for dollar this boat represents unmatched value. Campmor stocks them at $400 per. Hard to beat for laid back flat water floating. It can handle some rough stuff too, you're just going to get wet since the integral zip up skirt is good only for the front position and largely ineffectual. And stay wet, since it is not a self-bailer.
That aside, this is a very comfortable and versatile ride. It even served me this summer on a 3 day/2 night float down the Missouri R. in Montana. That was with a passenger and a ton of beer -uh, gear.
Tacking on this model is excellent and it has all the speed you would expect from an IK in this price range, which is to say, not much. That said, if you want to get out on the water in comfort and bring someone along to enjoy the fun, this IK is hard to beat.