sevylor's are a chinese pool toy designed by the french, so obviously, you will be traveling at some risk. but aside from that, they are pretty cool. and for 60 bucks, what do you want from them ? i sevylor'd i think it was the Reed/Kobuk Rivers out of the Brooks Range before Sherrie invented the real thing, and while granted, it was an intense experience watching for every little insignificant snag (high water, gardens of trees just under the surface), everything worked out ok. no big deal.
when i received the raft, i did the appropriate testing to assure it would work in the arctic by taking it down to the pool at my apartment. the pool gate was locked, so, testing completed, i took it back upstairs and packed it for the north.
the first time ever on the water (Reed R.), i initially tried to knee in it. this lasted a car length and i was overboard. oh well ... so after that i did the sitting down routine and it worked great. until the first corner. did you know the water goes to the outside on the bends ?
using the paddle kayak style seemed to bring in a lot of wet, so i split it into 2 paddles and have been on that program ever since.
better manuverability, but not so much propulsion (wish i spelled) over any great distance. hella good though for about 100 yds, you can almost make her jump out of the water. split paddle is the hot ticket for avoiding sweepers in the corners.
people seem to want to trash the trail boat. yes, it holes easily. especially the floor. so what. deal with it. it has a smaller front tube and sits nice and level right at the seam line, which is rather more attractive than an Alpacka. i am every bit of 210 lbs and carry too big a pack. still, is enough boat if i am dealing with not hitting rocks and snags and ice.
i currently own (and love) an Alpacka for it's virtues of massive floatation and amazing durability. it is a great comfort knowing that the boat is not overly delicate. i am look'n Hard at the new scout, or putting a lighter floor in my "big" boat.
for what you get, a sevylor is a good deal. for what you get, an Alpacka is a good deal. is your choice.