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Old 02-21-2006   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Best river-running playboat for $h!tty playboater

What is the best river-running playboat out there? It doesn't have to be able to do the lastest aerial moves cause the limiting factor will be the boater, not the boat. I'll be happy if I get multiple point carwheels this year. I'm just looking for a boat that is fun and comfortable when I'm not in my creekboat (which is most of the time).

I currently have an EZ. I love it for river running but it's too uncomfortable for extended trips since I can't get my thighs out of the thighbraces to stretch while sitting in the boat. I'm thinking an EZG, Jackson Fun, or Liquid Logic CR if any of those have easier thighbraces to get out of. I'm 160 and 6'-0".

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Old 02-21-2006   #2
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Check out the Pyranha Stretch. It might change people's mind about river running playboats. It's really a good all-around boat.......

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Old 02-21-2006   #3
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Old 02-21-2006   #4
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EZG sounds good

Blutz-- i was in an EZ for 3 years then got an EZG last year. I also had trouble with numb thighs/feet after more than 1 hour in it (ie river trips). I now store a small thai family in the bow of the EZG. Huge room difference compared with the old EZ. Go sit in one i guess.
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Old 02-21-2006   #5
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Fun playboat

I know it's a bit dated but I really like my Dagger Centrifuge. It's length makes it great for running big water but the low volume at the bow and stern make it fun in low water too. And as far as comfort goes, I'm 6'2" and have no problem paddling for hours on end. An added bonus is that they are usually pretty cheap.
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Old 02-23-2006   #6
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Thanks for the replies.

Endo - That's the same problem I have, my legs and feet going numb. Glad to hear the EZG cured the problem. How do you like the play perfromance and river-running capabilities of the EZG compared to the EZ?

Also, does anyone with a Jackson Fun find it harder to cartwheel than other river running playboats? The ends don't look very slicy compared to boats like the EZ and EZG. I do like the price of them though and that they have a rep for being alot drier than other boats.
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Old 02-23-2006   #7
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I've paddled the Jackson Fun and Star series. Your list of boats to consider is a good one. I do think the Jackson Fun series are not as easy to initiate the bow as some, though not a problem compared to the EZ. No problem with the stern though. Very comfortable and great for going downstream. Big time improvement this year with the new boat armor outfitting too.

You might want to consider the Jackson Star series as well. Probably the All Star at your weight. Great playboat, super comfortable, and quite capable downriver boat. Probably not my choice for an only boat, but since you already have a creeker, this might be a good option for you.
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Old 02-23-2006   #8
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I picked up a used pyhrana Sub-8, which is rather outdated, but can be had for about $300 and really helped me step-up down river play. Just a thought.
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Old 02-25-2006   #9
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The EZ was easy for me to initiate the bow (really slicey) but this was also its problem in big water (nose diver). the EZG is better at stalling on end due to its volume aroound the cockpit. EZG is a better river runner also.
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Old 02-25-2006   #10
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Big EZ would be a good choice. The water should be high and fast, so points should be no problemo. I used to have one. . . bummed I sold it.

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