Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 4reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Gorryn A great boat that you can store in your closet! I was looking for a small boat to use primarily for floating and cruising down the river, and the Bozeman fulfills that role splendidly. And considering that I live in a tiny apartment in the city, the fact that the entire boat breaks down and fits into a large backpack that I can stuff in a closet is pretty handy.The boat is made of high-quality materials that seem like they'll last forever if abuse is kept to a minimum. The tubular steel frame is strong and easy to assemble, and if the back seat of your car folds down, you could probably fit the entire assembled frame into your car before you head out to the river/lake/whatever to cut back on set up time even more. The boat handles itself well on the water and is easy to control, and can maneuver quickly enough to easily avoid obstacles in the water.Quirks and things to be aware of:While the boat does compact into a backpack to make it easier to transport and store, you should be aware that this backpack is HUGE and extremely heavy. 47 pounds is a lot of weight to carry for any length of time (and that's if there's nothing in the pack other than the boat itself), unless you have a large build and/or are in pretty good shape. That being said, the ergonomics (and padding) of the backpack are good and surprisingly comfortable, and it balances the load well. Just don't lean backwards.Since you're sitting on a rigid frame resting on top of what are essentially balloons, getting yourself situated can be a bit of a balancing act. It was a couple hours into my "maiden voyage" before I realized that my stability issues had less to do with the under-inflated pontoons than with the fact that my position was wrong. I moved my seat forward a couple inches and extended the foot pegs out another click, and then it was perfect. If you plan to attach anything to the cargo rack behind the seat, expect to have to move your seating position forward to counterbalance the added weight. Don't lean backward if you're maneuvering the boat to "straddle" an obstacle, like a large rock sticking up in the river -- the cargo rack might hang low enough to catch on it.The large air valves on the pontoons make it easy to inflate the pontoons fairly quickly, but it's a two-edged sword: in the time it takes you to disconnect the pump and close the valve, you could lose too much air and have to re-inflate again. My first time out, I had to "top off" the pontoons two or three times before I mostly got the hang of it, but I still ended up not having enough air. Have a friend lift up the boat frame while you finish inflating a pontoon (or, contrary to what the instructions say, fully inflate the pontoons BEFORE connecting them to the frame) to reduce the weight pressing air out of the valve when you disconnect. The upshot of this issue is that when it comes time to stow the boat, deflating the pontoons is really easy. If you open the valves on both pontoons, by the time you've squeezed all the air out of one and folded it up, the other will have almost fully deflated just under its own weight.The only con I can find with this boat is the air pump that comes with it. There's an interlocking valve that connects to the port on the pontoon, but connecting the pump to this valve is a hassle. There's no way that I could find to actually make them connect well enough to form an airtight seal. A bit of duct tape completely solved this problem, though.All in all, I've been very satisfied with this boat, and I look forward to spending a lot of time on the water with it! 09/11/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by 5922cris Good packable fishing boat. I wanted a boat to take out west on a fall fishing trip. This boat worked well. Set up time took 20-30 minutes to get it in the water with my fishing gear. Packing up was quicker. The directions for inflating the pontoons was inaccurate and the pump they sent with it wouldn't push through the one way valve. I called the company and they sent me a pump that would but it will not fit in the pack. No big deal, I don't plan packing the 45 lb boat very far anyway. The stadium style seat is a sacriface in comfort to make it fit in the back pack. The design and materials is good except the oars had to be modified some to go together. The wingnuts for the oar locks did not work out very well so i had to grind them down some. The short coupled boat will not track in the water. I'm use to kayaks. I felt secure in the water while fishing with 20 mph winds. 09/25/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Scubadadsr Lots of fun! After a lot of research I decided on this boat. Actually, I purchased two of them, one for me and one for one of my grandsons who loves to fish. We live in SW Florida, so we are fishing in lakes and canals for mostly bass. We love to fly fish and this works much better than a canoe or Kayak.First of all, the order was delivered several days before I expected it, so that was a good surprise. The packing of the product is very substantial! It would be difficult to have the boat damaged in shipping.We took the boats to a nearby small lake and proceeded to put them together. I wish we would have videoed our efforts. We must have made every mistake possible on the first one. I bought a rechargeable pump for air mattresses made by Coleman. It worked fine, but it did not have enough power to push the 'non-return' mechanism down and we couldn't figure out what was wrong. We finally used the foot pump and the pontoon started to fill. So, I opened the valve manually and used the Coleman pump to fill it most of the way up. Then closed the valve and used the foot pump to finish. That worked fine and saved quite a bit of time.The rest isn't that difficult, if you follow the directions and don't second guess them. The oars, however, are a different story. The wing nuts are just not right for these oars and should be changed out to something that works. I can't imagine why they send out this nice boat with oar locks that just don't work. I managed to get them set up so I can use them, but they are not right. I will have to makeshift something.I would suggest putting this together at home, if possible, to save time in the field. That goes double for the oars :). Be aware that the seat position may have more function that you think. I had my seat back pretty far and when I first got in the boat I almost went over backwards. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you are comfortable it works well. Make sure to get the oars set at the proper length for you as well. I had them set with too much on my side of the lock and it was a bit difficult to maneuver. We both found that we liked just letting our feet dangle in the water and did not use the foot rests at all. 04/27/2014
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Ryan Bozeman packable pontoon boat I recently purchased this pontoon boat in order to fish several slower rivers. For years I have used a sit-on top kayak but it's too much of a hassle trying to get it to hard to access areas. This pontoon is exactly what I needed. The set up and break down is very easy plus being able to keep all the parts in a backpack is a plus. No more roof rack needed. Just put in the trunk and go. There's enough room on the platform behind the seat for a small cooler on which I have two rod holders. My only complaint is the wing nuts used to tighten the oars. The "wings" run into the oar clamps before I can tighten them completely. I am planning on buying 2 longer bolts and using washers to eliminate the intereference with the clamps. It's an easy fix for me. Overall though a great product and I probably will be buying my son one too. 06/06/2013