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Tributary Tomcat Tandem

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Tributary Tomcat Tandem inflatable kayak

Overall a good inflatable kayak and fun to use.


  • Length and depth
  • Can replace the inner tube if it gets a hole


  • Hard to dry out at the self bailer section
  • Seats are not the most comfortable
  • I don't like the valve style

I like the length of this kayak—plenty of leg space for both people. I don't like the valve covers very well. I prefer the kind on the NRS Outlaw II.  I also prefer the seat valves on the Outlaw II over the ones on the Tomcat.

This is a fun kayak and is good in both calm and white water.

I don't like how water catches in the front and the back of the self bailer when you are done and want to dry it out. When I get home I have to unroll it and let it dry out completely because you can not dry out the self bailing sections with a towel. The Outlaw II is much easier to dry and and put away.  

I do like that the Tomcat is deeper and longer than the Outlaw II. I like the seats better on the Outlaw II because they are more comfortable.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $749

Very durable yet maneuverable inflatable. Plenty of lounging room for a float and bloat but also cargo space for multi-day whitewater adventures.


  • Easy to paddle, tracks well
  • Tough as nails
  • No roof rack needed


  • A little heavy at 55 lbs
  • A little bit of a workout on flat water

When we are going to paddle a river for the first time for up to ten days this is our go-to boat. If we had to portage, we could. If we need a second cooler, it fits. If we crash through craziness, she keeps on floating!

When properly rigged the seats are pure luxury. Stability is off the charts, we often fish standing up even while in swift water. On solo trips she even makes a great luxury sleeping pad!

This a great, and affordable IK for beginners but a favorite for all experienced paddlers.

We used ours for 4 years throughout the Southwest. We bought it from an outfitter two years into its life. She truly is good as new.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $400

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Price Historic Range: $560.93-$1,049.00
Reviewers Paid: $400.00-$749.00
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