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Not sure backbone is worth it...

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:33 pm
by jcorder
Hey everyone,

I've had an AE convertible for over a year. I bought the backbone when I first got the kayak. Since then I've used the kayak in the Pacific ocean, Colorado river, AZ lakes and Sea of Cortez.

I love the boat and use it often for paddling and fishing.

I've used the boat with and without the backbone, and now am a believer that it's really not necessary. If the boat is properly inflated, I see almost no difference in performance on the water - flat or ocean!

Other problems with the backbone:
> Setup/teardown takes twice as long.
> The backbone has to be aligned perfectly, or the kayak tracking is off to one side or the other, usually to the right for me.

I think early on I was a little too nervous to fully inflate the main tubes. Now I pump them up firm and don't use my backbone any more.



do i use a backbone yes

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:43 pm
by sonar