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 Post subject: Safari
PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:52 am 
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Just scored one on ebay. Won't get it until Feb when I go stateside and haul it back here to Inner Mongolia. Going to keep an eye out for a used Sunny or Sawtooth as well. It looks like I will be able to start a rental concession next summer on Hasu Lake.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:41 am 
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congrats, their best boat I reckon - eminently packable and a hugely competent all-rounder. use the fin on flat water and for wave surfing, and take it off for whitewater. I have a sunny, helios 340 and a scout (gumotex only, never imported by innova) and while all are great boats, none of them make me smile as much as the safari

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:23 am 
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I don't mean for this to go off-topic ( at least not wildly so ) ...

Yet I have a question about a brand not available in the States :

Grabner - http://www.grabner-sports.at/QUALITY-INFLATABLES.1526.0.html?&L=2

Where do they stand in the pecking order?

Perhaps their products ARE available in the States under a different name, of which I'd be unaware.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:04 pm 
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...and as long as we are going off topic, but not wildly. let's not forget

http://www.incept.co.nz/

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:21 pm 
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It's not massively off topic, as gumotex (innova) used to build the now discontinued grabner fun and one of the main guys from gumotex is heavily involved with incept, and incept sell some of the gumotex range in NZ.

Grabners are generally considered to be right at the top end of the inflatables market (although that might be a somewhat self-appointed position). They are all made of hypalon (the fun was nitrilon) and have high inflation pressures and high price tags. And as with teutonic cars, many of what I would regard as essentials are actually sold as extras, which bumps the price up even more. Gaelounet who posts here has/had one, so he'll be the man to tell you all about them. Grabners aren't sold under any other name in the US as far as I'm aware - however, you can get them shipped direct from Grabner and it appears that they will charge you only 25 euros for doing so.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:45 pm 
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onsafari wrote:
It's not massively off topic, as gumotex (innova) used to build the now discontinued grabner fun and one of the main guys from gumotex is heavily involved with incept, and incept sell some of the gumotex range in NZ.

Grabners are generally considered to be right at the top end of the inflatables market (although that might be a somewhat self-appointed position). They are all made of hypalon (the fun was nitrilon) and have high inflation pressures and high price tags. And as with teutonic cars, many of what I would regard as essentials are actually sold as extras, which bumps the price up even more. Gaelounet who posts here has/had one, so he'll be the man to tell you all about them. Grabners aren't sold under any other name in the US as far as I'm aware - however, you can get them shipped direct from Grabner and it appears that
they will charge you only 25 euros for doing so
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Whoa ...

Interesting they'd sell direct, irrespective of destination.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:17 am 
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I have one of the original Sunny's which has given me a great deal of fun but the Incept Tasman would be my choice for an inflatable for a serious expedition. Chris from Inflatable Kayaks and Packrafts has one and his experiences with it are well worth a read. Apparently the indomitable Audrey Sutherland had a hand in the original design of the Tasman and used it on her final trips to Alaska. I can think of no better recommendation than that :D .

BTW Audrey's latest book, Paddling North about her first voyages in Alaska, is well worth a read. I wrote a review for TopKayaker which may be of interest to some.

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:15 am 
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The Incepts look awesome, probably hard to find used...

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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:10 pm 
onsafari wrote:
Gaelounet who posts here has/had one, so he'll be the man to tell you all about them.

I wrote a review about the Grabner Holiday II, the only Grabner boat I'm experienced with, on Chris' blog Inflatable Kayaks and Packrafts. The review is here.


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 Post subject: Re: Safari
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:13 am 
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Came Stateside early. Got out in some wind waves and surf on Tahoe with the Safari, Had a blast. Boat is pretty fun!

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