Today I got to demo The Ugly Ducky from Cronin Inflatables. Newly designed and almost out on the market. It was a pretty cool experience to paddle it and give my feedback. The Ugly Ducky paddles like a dream. Combining the speed and maneuverability of a kayak with the stability and confidence of a raft. It’s great for experienced or beginner paddlers alike. I ran Bob’s bridge to Edwards on the Eagle River at 1800cfs. The way the Ugly Ducky handled makes me wish I had ran a more difficult stretch, but oh well I still had a blast. You gotta paddle one! Thanks Matt! #cronininflatables #uglyducky #dbp #ween

Steve MacCleary


Super impressed with the Cronin Inflatables Ugly Duckling IK! By far the best IK ive ever paddled. The innovative design makes it the most stable IK I’ve paddled but its also performs better in part because of its light weight, which makes turning and portaging easier too. The high rocker makes it great for surfing and running waterfalls. I paddled it on a little creek, high flows on the Salmon River, and some big water rapids on the Klamath at 25,000 cfs! It did awesome on everything! Im getting one and cant recommend them enough….good job Matt Cronin and Cronin Inflatables!

Joshua Strange

Had an awesome Saturday took out the Ugly Ducky from Cronin Inflatables, ran a 35 foot Blister Creek waterfall twice, the boat performed remarkably well.

Got done doing that and went and Took a First timer down class 3 Fish Creek in the Ugly Ducky he styled it like a pro!

Chris Massey

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