Hey folks, I was trying to find an inflatable canoe for my neighbor, and I couldn't help but notice some similarities between the three mentioned rigs. I've been in and handled all three. The metzler had inflatable bow and stern supports that provided so much rigidity, that hard seats weren't necessary for the inflatable to holds it's shape. Whereas with the pro pioneer, if you didn't have the hard seats tied in, the thing would fold on you n your gear like a clam shell, because it doesn't have those inflatable bow and stern supports.
My question is: is the pro pioneer a cheap foreign made knock of of an original, or is it an entirely different design? I'm trying to figure out which would be better for my neighbors bush plane, a used metzler (almost new in box but old), a new grabner more in tune with the original design with bow and stern supports, or a new pro pioneer? I don't know about old boats like that mint condition metzler, does the glue degrade over time even though the boat was almost never used? It would be less than half the price of a pioneer or the newer grabner version or the metzler.
From the website:
"The legendary XR TREKKING was the first inflatable canadien canoe designed lightweight, compact and suitable to be taken as luggage on air travel. It was already in production over 35 years ago by the METZELER company. Its distribution was later taken over by the BIG PACK outdoor specialists.
In 1998 the XR TREKKING boating programme was continued by GRABNER, to customary GRABNER quality standard."