AIRE, Since 1989
In the spring of 1989, four of the top professionals in river running and inflatable raft design got together in Boise, ID, and formed AIRE, Inc. (Fun Fact: Did you know that AIRE is an acronym? It stands for Argonaut Inflatable Research & Engineering.) The founders, Alan Hamilton, Greg Ramp, Kris Walker, and Dennis Hill all came from various corners of the young whitewater industry with a goal to develop the very best river crafts. They wanted whitewater boats that were more durable, safer, easier to repair, and didn't require glued seams to keep the boats together, and so, the AIREcell system was born. With two sewing machines, a radio frequency welder, a rotary welder and a computer costing about $15,000, AIRE was up and running! AIRE’s first whitewater order came from Cascade Outfitters for some Cougar cataraft tubes. By the early 1990's AIRE had made its mark in the industry, becoming well known for its two-layer boat system, 10 year no fault warranty, and owners going big on the North Fork of the Payette in catarafts and inflatable kayaks. Through the 1990's and 2000's, AIRE continued to expand and grow. We moved manufacturing to Meridian, ID, acquired Outcast Sporting Gear, created the Tributary line, and started the AIRE Industrial division.
AIRE has been making whitewater boats for 28 years. Each year brings new improvements, new boat models, new fabrics, and new technology. Our boat designs may have change over the years, but our goals and core values have not changed: Build the best boats, offer the best warranty and customer service, treat our employees well, and have whitewater running through our veins!
We design boats, we build boats, we sell boats, we ship boats, and we service boats.
At the end of the day, we get out on the water to go boating!
FLOATING ON AIRE
This is what we do
All AIRE boats are made in Meridian, Idaho, USA. Each raft, cataraft, kayak and SUP are manufactured to live up to the standards of whitewater enthusiasts, which includes our team at AIRE. We build boats, package boats, sell boats, ship boats out and at the end of the day, we get out on the water and go boating. This is our passion!
AIREcell - Internal bladder system with PVC shell
Thermal welded seams
Raft lace in floors - Regular or sealed floor pockets
Repairability - Everything on an AIRE boat can be repaired or replaced
Customer Service +844 243 2473
Wholesale +800 247 3432
Repairs +844 556 5730
Factory Store +208 991 5776