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Old 02-27-2007   #1
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Big Kayaker Question

I am looking into the sport of kayaking and I had a few questions. The main question is that I weigh 270 lbs and I am 6'6". Is there a kayak that can support that weight and is long enough. I am mainly interested in whitewater kayaking. Also what is a really good website to purchase whitewater kayaks? Thanks for the help.

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Old 02-27-2007   #2
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Check the Large Burn and many of the creekers.

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There are lots of good boats for big guys these days. It's always good to shop local, but good info can be found on and Both are long-standing, well-stocked outfitters.

They can help you decide on types and sizes. If you've never boated, I highly recommend a clinic from a good school - which both CKS and NOC have. Confluence Kayaks in Denver also has a rep for being great at teaching/introducing people to the sport.

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I saw an Perception OverFlow X, the X being the important par, on craigstlist or something the other day. For begining that would be plenty of boat and you could get cheap.

Most companies do make bigger boats now. For a good play type boat I like the CR 250.

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You need to check out the Jackson boats. Specifically the super fun and the mega rocker. I'm 6'8" 240 and these two boats are plenty big for me. The super fun is a good river/play boat and the mega rocker would be classified as a creeker. As mentioned previously go to a local shop and work with them. They will be able to help you decide on boats and all the other gear that goes along with this awesome sport. Good luck.
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Fluid kayaks actually makes play boats and river runners that fit big people. My friend leif paddles for them and he is like 6' 7" and has room to spare in the large Flirt. I here the new nemisis fit very large people as well.
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Try a few but even I would say at that size the Mega might do the trick. It is a big ole boat for sure with modern shape. There are a few options. You could try the Mamba 8.5 as well. I am 6'4 235lbs and have loads of room. Worth a shot.

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Thank you all for the replies and all the Info. I am just trying to find a shop around here that sells whitewater kayaks. REI only sells touring kayaks so that is out of the picture.

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