Of all the water sports out there today, whitewater rafting is one of the most popular. It can be done by yourself, with a friend, or with a whole group. One of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can use for this adventure is an inflatable raft.
Unlike kayaks, which tend to only hold one person, rafts have the benefit of holding a wide range of people. Inflatable rafts are quite sturdy; being made of a tough fabric coated with PVC, neoprene, or urethane for added durability. That being said, inflatable rafts are excellent for river rafting because of their structural flexibility. After all, when facing whitewater, you want to be able to maneuver with the current as opposed to fighting it. This is not to be said, however, that one cannot make it a rigid vessel in which you can stand and move. There are floorboards for rafts that will turn your little raft from a rapid-riding beast to a relaxing fishing boat.
Inflatable rafts can vary in price, so be wary of where you go to buy one and how much you pay. It is very possible to get a great raft for under $1000 at a good outdoor or sports store. Beware, however, if you attempt to take the cheap route and buy one at a big box store such as Wal Mart or KMart. Yes, you can get one quite cheap there, but they puncture easily and do not hold up to the stress of whitewater rapids. It would be truly unfortunate to attempt river rafting with a cheapie and have to end up trekking back without a raft because it could not hold up to the waves. Inflatable rafts are a case in which you definitely want to invest in a higher quality raft to avoid having to buy a second raft after the cheapie gets ruined, and risking a serious injury.
In case of a raft flipping over, it is relatively easy to right, since it is so light. However, it is rather hard to tip because it is so buoyant and will absorb the impact of any collisions and will rather bounce off. And it is commonly known that it is very VERY hard to sink an inflatable raft due to the fact that they are made with several inflation chambers. Therefore air loss and sinking is not an issue.
But let us say they you are a novice rafter and do not want to make a huge monetary commitment just yet. That is another perk, as mentioned above to inflatable rafts. They are affordable. They are also good for the beginner rafter because their light weight makes them portable and easy to take from place to place. This can be a huge plus for those who think that the preparation for river rafting is just too tedious and time consuming to undertake. Inflatable rafts help to curb that hindrance and get you out into the water.
Be you a newbie rafter or a well seasoned master of the white waters, inflatable rafts have something to offer for everyone wanting a great way to make it down the wonderful rivers of the world in one piece.
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