Watermaster vs. Waterstrider

#1
I'm going to buy a raft. I've decided on the Watermaster/Waterstrider style. The main difference is the seat and materials. What are the pros and cons of each? Which would you buy and why?
 

Chris Scoones

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#2
Waterstrider is a copy of a Watermaster pattern. The WM is built with better material, is built in MT as apposed to New Zealand, and they are a sponsor. If you would like to demo either of the WM's sizes, they are available from WFF.
 

alpinetrout

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#3
I prefer the Water Master Kodiak over the Grizzly. The water strider is more similar to the Grizzly. Also, the Water Masters have a more solid seat that you can actually stand up on in stillwaters.
 
#4
Thanks for the feedback. Both manufacturers stated that their material is stronger. Does anyone have any objective or scientific information on which is really stronger. Waterstrider is a urethane/pvc alloy. Watermaster is PVC. (I think) Waterstrider is considerably lighter in weight which would make one think it wasn't as durable, but maybe the alloy material is better. I don't know.
 

Curtis

New Member
#5
Take advantage of the gear program, well dont take advantage of it but use it and see what you think. I have never used one, so that is all I have to say.
 
#7
At the time I compared the two, I found the oarlocks on the Watermaster Kodiak were in a better position for rowing for me (6'1", 240) than those on the Waterstrider. That tipped the balance toward the Kodiak for me even though the PVC version was a bit heavier and a bit more money. I really like it. I really liked the urethane version of the Kodiak, which I don't see on their website anymore, that a friend has as it was lighter than the Waterstrider but a bit too much for my wallet.