1. The 132D can be set up as an oar raft or a paddle raft. Rowing requires oars, a frame, and some additional hardware (roughly another $1,000), while paddling takes four to six friends (roughly priceless). Our testers loved the 132D as a gear-laden oar boat on the Class II Chama River and as a seven-person (plus one dog) splashfest on the Class IV Taos Box.
2. Double-thickness Hypalon skid plates, one-way military valves, tapering tubes, and three removable thwarts mean the 132D will stand up to sharp rocks, dog claws, and poorly cast fishhooks for more than 20 years with proper upkeep. If you've got the cojones to run any rapid, this boat will be sturdy enough to make it to the bottom, whether you stay in or not.
3. Storage, transport, and setup are easy. Rolled, the 132D is smaller than a freestyle kayak. It'll fit into the trunk of your wagon or on the back of a mule, as ours did on the pack-in to Colorado's Class III Gunnison Gorge. Leave it loosely inflated during the summer if you've got a truck or trailer, or inflate it at the put-in with a car-battery-powered blower and a barrel pump. $4,495 nrsweb.com