Submitted: 01-12-2006 by JHRambler
Clearly, this is a specialty boat. It is a highly buoyant, highly stable platform that allows one or two paddlers and their gear to run big water. It is maneuverable, portable, easy to store, well constructed, and with some practice is easy to set up. The ideal use for the SOAR 12 is a self-supported class II-IV solo river expedition where portability is needed. I have used the SOAR 12 (both with and without gear) on class II-IV rivers like the New, San Juan and Arkansas. Since I usually paddle solo (with a canoe paddle), the SOAR 12 is a good fit; with two people and gear, the SOAR 14 or SOAR 16 would be a better choice. The down side: Heavy, slow on flat water; the average Joe will probably be fortunate to ever need the extensive capabilities of this unique boat.