Destinations this kayak has visited (click link for more detail and pictures):
Voyageurs National Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
I had an opportunity to use a Tributary Trinity II (The Aire Sawtooth II, in Blue) this past weekend, and loved it! It was heavier than the Innova Sunny, but at 15' 3" long, and only 32" wide, its built for performance. I paddled it solo, and again with another paddler on a lake as well as a river. The first thing that you notice is the extra space. This is a full two feet longer than most other tandem inflatables like the Sunny. Two people fit very comfortably in this kayak and both paddlers have plenty of legroom. The Aire Cheetah seats provide decent back support and keep your bottom off the floor of the boat. The next feature of notice is all the loops lining both sides of the floor. You can tie down gear, or your seat(s), anywhere you want, due to the plethora of loops.
I took the Trinity II on Lake Superior and was not disappointed. It has bailing holes in the front or back to allow excess water to wash out the front or back. The bailing holes allowed me to play happily in the waves without fear of taking on water, even when loaded down with camping gear. In addition, due to the moderate width and nice length, you can really get this kayak moving! I got it up to 6mph solo....3.5 mph was a comfortable cruising speed with the toolless tracking fin added.
Another benefit is the 15' of length which is great for taking two children with you on an adventure! This weekend I took a 7 and 8 year old out on the beautiful St. Croix River! We practiced getting in and out of the kayak from the water: both boys were able to get up and over the side tubes and back into the kayak unassisted.
+Extra length provides lots of options for passengers and gear
+Performance on flat water is outstanding
+Great Tandem kayak, great solo kayak too!
+Bailing holes for rough water
+The seats are easy to reconfigure and provide good back support.
+Nice carry handles at each end.
-This is a bladdered kayak. It's not as easy to clean as my Innova. I have to tip it on its side for a few minutes after wiping it down and folding it up for transport. This releases a few more cups of water. Prior to winter storage I expect I will need to unzip and clean out the chambers holding the air bladders.
-Its bigger, and therefore heavier. As part of a future update I will weigh the kayak by itself and see if I can get it in a suitcase under 50 lbs. I think it will be very close to 50 pounds.
-The side tubes are a shiny PVC material, the floor is a dull white material.
-Does not include a carry bag (I really like those Innova bags!)
Due to the extra length and the bailing holes, the Trinity II has replaced the Innova Sunny as my favorite and most-used kayak! I've been out to the beach a lot this summer due to the Trinity II! For easy cleanup on the beach I obtained a 12x16 tarp and take it from the water to the tarp for an easy wipe down with a couple hand towels and fold it up.
The yellow Tributary Sawtooth II is now available from online retailers. If you want one in blue, however, you'll need to contact The Boat People (Trinity II). The Boat People will also be offering a 'Made in the USA' Trinity II with full 10 year warranty, and lighter weight, next spring.
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Richard Thomsen April 27th, 2010 10:23:00 PM