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by NAVYVET
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model
Replies: 13
Views: 22600

This isn't really an accessory, but I just tried out a new purchase in icy waters: NEOS Trekkers overshoes. They're sort of a combination between an overshoe and gaiters. They're 20 inches tall and cover me to just below my knees, and since they're waterproof, easy to slip on and off and add about 2...
by NAVYVET
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model
Replies: 13
Views: 22600

Well, I don't know if the Therma-Rest cushion will fit in an AE Convertible from experience. It does work in the AE AF 10.5, and dspid2404 said it works in the AE Expedition. I'd guess it would work the same in an AE Convertible; since the cushion is flexible, I'd think it would friction fit under t...
by NAVYVET
Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: PFD's for the Kayaker
Replies: 6
Views: 15522

I initially used a foam PFD, but it was just too hot to use in the humid summer days of Southern Illinois. I'd be drenched in sweat almost as soon as I got into the kayak. Now, I use an inflatable PFD from Cabela's. (Specifically, the Guardian Series Angler Manual 3500.) It's light and, unlike the o...
by NAVYVET
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model
Replies: 13
Views: 22600

The PFD I got was the Cabela's Guardian Series Angler Manual 3500. Basically, it's a bladder that you can inflate quickly with the CO2 cartridge. You don't blow it up until it's needed. The CO2 cartridge is spent, one per use. If you wanted to blow it up, you can also blow into the intake valve that...
by NAVYVET
Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model
Replies: 13
Views: 22600

Honestly, none of these ideas are mine. They came from reading every one of the posts on this forum and online reviews so I hope everyone keeps adding their own reviews and ideas. They really helped me a lot, and I'm glad the ones I've passed on seem to be helpful, too.
by NAVYVET
Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:54 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model
Replies: 13
Views: 22600

My favorite Accessories for AE AF 10.5 model

I've had my AE AF 10.5 out on the lake for the past 3 months, and here's a list of accessories I highly recommend: 1. Therm-A-Rest Inflatable Camp Seat (from Amazon.com). I've found this friction fits under the AF's removable seat. It raises me up just enough (about an inch) that the back of the coc...
by NAVYVET
Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Bad knees: hard shell vs. AF 10.5
Replies: 2
Views: 7967

Bad knees: hard shell vs. AF 10.5

I'm a disabled Navy veteran, and I have some problems with my knees. I was missing the water, didn't want a power boat, had experience with canoes and no experience with kayaks. Before I bought an AF 10.5, I did a comparison test: 1. I rented a canoe for the day at a local lake. I had to return it a...
by NAVYVET
Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:18 am
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: Almost decided
Replies: 10
Views: 12318

I got mine from airkayaks.com for the same reason I bought an Advanced Elements: customer support. When you email them, they respond quickly, and they work very hard for repeat business. I emailed airkayaks.com with questions before buying. I wanted to know if I'd be more comfortable in the Lagoon, ...
by NAVYVET
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: AF 10.5 Backbone report
Replies: 11
Views: 22136

Thanks!

Just wanted to thank you for the advice. Based on this thread, I ordered the 10.5 and the BB. Last Saturday, I tried the 10.5 without the BB while paddling on a calm lake with 8-knot winds. I paddled for 6 hours, and I thought I was thoroughly happy with the kayak without the backbone. On Monday, I ...
by NAVYVET
Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: It's time to speak up - all you 10.5 owners
Replies: 12
Views: 19554

First Paddle

I read every review I could find and all the posts on this message board before I purchased the AE-1012 so maybe this will help someone who's considering it to decide. My plan was to practice paddling on Crab Orchard Lake for 1 or 2 hours this morning. Instead, I finally (and reluctantly) quit, took...
by NAVYVET
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: It's time to speak up - all you 10.5 owners
Replies: 12
Views: 19554

Quality of Materials and Construction

I retired after 23 years in the Navy so I have experience with Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs). Honestly, I had seen other inflatable canoes and kayaks in nationally-known stores, and I was concerned about the quality and durability of the Advanced Elements line. I asked Holly of airkayaks.com a...