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Bought it after a friend let me use his Duckie, but…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $400

Summary

Bought it after a friend let me use his Duckie, but it was a totally different type of boat. The Bandit is small and maneuverable and a lot of fun.

Pros

  • Seems very durable and well built.

Cons

  • Perhaps not as stable as those with twin tube bottoms

I purchased this inflatable used from an outfitter. Got it at about half the price of a new one. I then had thigh straps and foot braces installed.

Ran the Upper Pigeon from the powerhouse input down to the SMO takeout about 200 times at levels from low water to about 4,000 FPS. I ended up swimming a couple of times. The first time I did it I sat for about 30 minutes above Accelerator, which from my vantage point looked like a waterfall before I hit it right down the middle, a section we called The Elevator Shaft.

The boat never let me down. Every time I swam it was my fault. If you get a chance to get one jump on it. I use mine for fishing nowadays. Works good for that too.

 

Experience

Bought this as a novice whitewater enthusiast, used it right up through time as a working guide. I bought it in 2010 and used it exclusively through the next four years. The only river I ran white water on it was the Pigeon River in Hartford, Tennessee.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Patrick! It sounds like you've had a lot of fun with this boat.


7 days ago
Bobsdock

Nice boat bro.


7 days ago
Bobsdock

I was wondering what is the packed weight and size of this boat ?


7 days ago
Patrick Myers

I never rolled it up very small because of the foot braces. about 24 x 36 inches and it weighs around 40 pounds.


6 days ago

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NRS Bandit I

Discontinued

The Bandit I has been discontinued. It was replaced by the NRS MaverIK I.

MSRP:
$895.00

The NRS Bandit I is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 25, 2013 at Outdoorplay.

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