Tributary Strike I Review


Best Uses: Whitewater, rivers, flatwater, day trips, traveling

Brand: Aire Tributary

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Number of Paddlers: 1

Stats: Length 10’ 2”, Width 37.5”, Weight 36 lbs, Load Capacity 275 lbs

Accessories Included: Carrying bag, repair kit, removable/adjustable backrest, 5 year warranty

Kayak Material: 1200 denier PVC-coated polyester

Pros: Stable, rugged, easy to lift, comfortable, great maneuverability, compact, easy entry and exit, good for whitewater and flat water, 5 year warranty, adjustable backrest

Cons: Not super fast

More In-Depth Info

The Aire Tributary Strike is one of Aire’s inflatable kayaks that has been manufactured overseas and therefore is a very affordable price.

The design of this kayak is such that the bow and stern are turned up just enough to deflect waves but not enough to cause trouble in high wind.

It has a self-bailing floor to get rid of excess water as well as a removable and adjustable seat. It is very versatile because of the fact that it can handle many different types of water ranging from rapids to calm lakes. It is perfect to bring traveling to explore many different water ways.

The Strike has a bit of a wider width which makes it very stable and great for beginner to novice kayakers. The seats are quite comfortable and shouldn’t be a problem for all day paddling. The back support is quite good.

Factors to Consider

What you want to consider with this inflatable kayak as compared to other Aire models is:

  1. It is backed by a five year warranty as opposed to Aire’s American made kayaks that have a ten year warranty. Five years is still excellent and speaks for the great quality of the Tributary Strike.
  2. It is a little lighter than say the Aire Tributary Tomcat and makes for a better choice if you plan on doing much traveling with it.
  3. It is a little slower and heavier than the Aire Force – but it is also much more affordable than the Force.

Bottom line is if you are looking for an affordable, very rugged and stable inflatable kayak that you can take anywhere and use as a recreational kayak in whitewater as well as in flat water then you will be quite happy with the Strike. If you are looking for high performance, speed and agility, I would suggest considering the Aire Lynx I.

Final Thoughts

Overall the Tributary Strike has had great reviews and is considered a really good buy.

Popular in price, style and performance, this kayak will best suit a beginner to novice kayaker looking for a very versatile inflatable kayak with a great warranty to back it up.

The Tributary Strike also comes in a tandem version the Aire Tributary Strike II.

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