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We assembled the boats, and Laura loaded a full pack in the stern, and 5 gallons of drinking water in the bow, and we headed off with our tripping friends for 8 days of paddling and hiking. Laura was able to run most of the rapids including Ross fully loaded in the Puffin II. Some water flushed into the cockpit on some of the bigger standing waves, but overall the Puffin performed much better than we expected.
It's light, can be transported as baggage, fits in a rental and can carry 7 days of gear on a Class II-III western river. That pretty much says it all.
The 12' Puffin kayak is about the cheapest and lightest folding kayak on the market, but is not "cheap" in terms of quality. It is well made out of tough materials. However, it is certainly not intended for really rough marine waters or for expedition use. I use it on the many ponds which abound in my area. Since it takes little space and assembles easily, I could easily keep it in the trunk at all times. Because of the light weight I was able to pack it into a beautiful lake where I was the only paddler. If you stay within its range of intended uses, this is a boat you will love.
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