Originally Posted by Bruce Black
I have read the posted thread for us extra-tall guys, but I don't think I am ready for a Super Fun or Mega Rocker just yet - I am just starting out and I need a recreational kayak to get started. Stop laughing. What is best for running rivers like the Deschutes and Rogue? My size 38" inseam and size 16's could be an issue. Should I just get an IK for the rest of this season? I know I would like a very substantial seat for my 56 year old back! And I would like storage to stay out for a few nights or even longer!
Let's see... beginner, 59-year-old back needs good seat, 300 pounds, size 16 foot, want plenty of storage.
Yes. You should consider a good IK. Get a proven performer like the Aire Lynx with a performance hull and thigh straps. Maybe even a 2-seater considering your size and extra gear requirements. They can be paddled single or tandem depending on seat placement. You will be ready for everything you mention and then some. It should resale well when/if you decide to go hardshell too.