Dragonfly2/2XC foam vs. inflatable floor

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Wasabi
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Dragonfly2/2XC foam vs. inflatable floor

Post by Wasabi » Tue May 13, 2008 5:57 am

Am considering buying a Dragonfly2 or Dragonfly 2 XC as a first IK for the family (spouse and 2 girls, ages 8 and 11). Understand from reading some of the other posts that the Convertible might provide better performance, but cost is a definite consideration (will buy a second IK if everyone likes the first).

What are the advantages/disadvantages of the foam floor in the 2008 Dragonfly 2 XC, versus the inflatable floor in the older/2007 model?

Is the foam floor as rigid? More/less stable? Track better/worse? Does it absorb water, which might increase weight in the water and/or make drying more difficult? How about overall weight, durability and comfort compared to the inflatable floor? Does it pack as well?

Thanks for any/all help and suggestions.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Wed May 14, 2008 8:29 am

Basically there isn't much difference between the two floors. They both serve the same purpose and do not aafect the performance one way or the other.
The foam floor is lighter than the inflatable floor but that weight difference has been added to the tube because it now has a partial tube cover over it where in the older model it didn't.
The foam floor doesn't absorb water. It has a coating on it that helps prevent this.
In the older model there was the inflatable floor then a thin foam seat that you sit on. In the current model there is a foam floor but an inflatable padded seat that you sit on.
The two kayaks pack a little differently. The new one with the foam floor packs in more of a square shape where in the older model it packed in more of a rectangle shape. But as I said, the weight of thwo is the same.
One benefit of the newer model is you can add the backbone option to it if you want to. It also has two main chambers in it, so if one was to get punctured, you will have the other to keep you afloat. The older model has only one main chamber.
If you have nay other questions, feel free to email us or post here.

Jeremy
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