The 156R is a comfortable, convenient raft for those who like to row from one big beach to the next.

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    The 156R is an all-purpose, expedition sized raft and the most popular of our bigger raft designs. It's not too small for the Grand Canyon and not too large for the occasional paddle raft party trip down your favorite big river. The 156R can handle a sizeable 3-bay frame, a pile of gear, and an extra passenger or two. With a 22" tube diameter all the way around the boat, the 156R has classic raft handling with extra stability in big water. The 156R is a comfortable, convenient raft for those who like to row from one big beach to the next.
    Key Features:
  • Favorite rivers: Big rivers with fun rapids from one camp to the next.
  • Ideal for: Multi-day rowing expeditions or 8+ person paddle teams.
  • Classic raft control and stability.
  • Rapid, self-bailing lace-in floor.
  • Add up to 4 strap-in thwarts anywhere along the floor lacing for paddle teams.
  • 37 oz. double lacquer gray PVC on the chafe strip and raft bottom for extra resistance to abrasion.
  • Outfitter used and approved.
  • Comes With:
  • Raft collar
  • Regular floor pocket
  • Floor lacing rope
  • Full repair kit
  • Owner's manual
  • Made in the USA
    10 Year No fault Warranty
    AIREcell System
    Gear Capacity
    Length15' 9"
    Width7' 1"
    Weight132 lbs.
    Tube Diameter22"
    Bow Rise11"
    Stern Rise9"
    2" Waterline130"
    Interior Width (center)41"
    Interior Depth (center)14"
    Valve TypeLeafield D7
    Base Fabric Denier1670
    Material Weight, Oz. per Sq. Yard37 oz.
    AIREcell MaterialUrethane
    Number of Chambers5
    Number of Handles4
    Number of D-Rings14
    Seft BailingYes
    WarrantyAIRE 10 Year No Fault Warranty
    Customer Reviews (2)
    A comfortable, gear-carrying monster. EXTREMELY stable in fast water
    My wife and I (well, mostly I) started thinking about a boat in September, 2014. I started at a small, one-man, fishing pontoon and worked my way up to where I was leaning towards some Lion tubes and a cat frame. But I spoke to Chris, at Aire, and told him what we were trying to accomplish: Room for me and at least three others, maybe more, with a big frame. Room for lots with a paddle frame and thwarts. Lots of storage. Extremely stable, as my wife felt about rapids pretty much the way a long-tailed cat feels about a room full of rocking chairs. "156R," saith Chris. "What?" says I. "156R," he repeats. Then he explained how the extra length (I'd never thought about going beyond 14'), width, and 22" tubes provided the best solution to all my concerns without being silly and going to 18' (I'll leave that to the guide companies). Well, we got the boat in April but didn't get the oars until May (that's another story). With two days on the gentle Chama and one on the Rio Grande as the sum total of our experience (including the Racecourse, following friends in duckys--I felt like an elephant chasing border collies through an agility course, and I'll set my bottom flow for bringing Bessie the Big Orange Desert Boat on that run at 1200 CFS, rather than the 750 we incurred that day), we did a six-day, five-night float through Desolation Canyon and a four-day, three-night float on the San Juan (Glen Canyon version). Everything Chris represented came through in spades. A comfortable, gear-carrying monster. EXTREMELY stable in fast water: Bessie's width let me go in sideways above man-eating holes in Joe Hutch Canyon and Coal Creek so I could be in position, after riding the swells and small cresting waves, to pull away from those hole rather than risk plowing through. She just blew a nice snot-rocket into them as we passed for good measure. And anything we hit head-on just gave way like a French company in the face of a Panzer division. Whattaboat. The only thing I'd do differently is, based on the brown and silty nature of desert-southwest rivers, I'd spring for the sealed floor. Lotsa mud in that girl after those trips. But, cleaning it out is a beer-filled male ritual that I am happy to perform. I give this boat my highest recommendation. Thanks, Chris, and Aire! Review by Doug Goodfellow (Posted on 3/20/2018)
    Carried a ton of gear, tracked straight, pivoted on a dime and plowed through waves and holes like a champ
    Just took out from a 22 day on the Grand with my new (this Summer) 156R with the sealed floor option and can't say enough great things about the raft. Carried a ton of gear, tracked straight, pivoted on a dime and plowed through waves and holes like a champ. A couple of times I ended up sideways and the boat was unphased. We were there during a HFE (High Flow Event) and ran the first 10 days at 16k cfs and then 5 days at 36k cfs. I couldn't be more happy with my purchase. Review by Sean Hanagan (Posted on 3/20/2018)
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