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 Post subject: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:58 pm 
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Hopefully some Hobie "insiders" can speak to this topic, but more likely it will be a "wait and see" type answer.
What are the chances of the inflatables being offered in a different color? I am contemplating an i11s, but just can't get over the yellow and blue color scheme. Even the old white color of previous inflatables would be preferable. I thought I saw a video of a pre production or early production i11s in camo also? Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:59 am 
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Your interest in alternate colors for iSeries kayaks has been noted...Maybe you saw the Outdoor iSeries SUP, which is offered in a camo pattern??
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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:23 am 
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HStrech wrote:
Your interest in alternate colors for iSeries kayaks has been noted...Maybe you saw the Outdoor iSeries SUP, which is offered in a camo pattern??
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oh hells yeah, any chance of a special edition i11s in that color pattern? please...

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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:12 am 
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No special edition colors planned for the i11s at this time, but like I sad we've taken note of your feedback. Cheers!

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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:19 am 
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Having a radical color variation can be a pain for customers, who may find only one in stock that doesn't suit their needs.

For instance I got a SUP that only came in camo and now get a "who's that survivalist?" reaction launching it among genteel beach umbrellas. Worse, once I am out among the drunk power boaters I feel almost invisible and vulnerable. In an i11s you could be even harder to see due to sitting low; there is a local camo canoeist who can appear like just a hovering torso against muddy waters.

One solution is to have a single multipurpose scheme. If you must have camo on the outer parts, put that dull orange all over the center top for visability to boaters or rescue helicopters. Fish eyes are anyway supposed to be sensitized toward the violet which they encounter more than red. I agree the current yellow/pale blue is unattractive; maybe due to relative positions on the color wheel or mixing saturated with unsaturated color? Emergency yellow can be associated with distress too.

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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:14 am 
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I wish the i11s came in camo! Not a fan of the yellow/blue, but it could be worse. If not camo, then how about bring back the Sand color??


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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:36 am 
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i understand some of the visibility concerns...i personally would love a camo / blaze orange combo of some kind!


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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:47 pm 
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"One solution is to have a single multipurpose scheme. If you must have camo on the outer parts, put that dull orange all over the center top for visability to boaters or rescue helicopters"

I think that's a great idea. I have a Pro Angler 12 Camo and my concern is always visibility, meaning making myself visible to humans but not to fish. Anyways, that's a concern with a simple solution, visible coloured cooler or jacket or life jacket or flag, etc. What has no solution is a visible coloured hull. What I like about the Sportsman SUP is the black bottom, camo sides, and orange stern and bow. It could even have a full deck orange or at least a combination of grey/orange and that won't interfere with the idea of blending with nature from the underwater perspective.


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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:12 am 
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Congratulations! Great new color moss/smoke. Thanks!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Inflatable color
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:08 pm 
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oooffff that hurts! i like the new color scheme SO MUCH more than the yellow.

oh well. one day maybe i'll swap.


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