View Poll Results: Pyranha Burn Small or Jackson Littel Hero?
Pyranha Burn Small 4 36.36%
Jackson Little Hero 7 63.64%
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Old 11-28-2010   #1
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Jackson Little Hero or Pyranha Burn Small?

Hi, I'm 5'2, 100 lbs,and have a 31 inch inseam. I'm saving for either a Jackson Little Hero, or a Pyranha Burn, which I'm guessing I'll get in a year or so, so my weight and height will be different. I mainly run II+ to III+ whitewater, but eventually plan on getting into the bigger stuff, so I need a good kayak. What I am looking for is a solid, stable river runner that rolls well, has speed, resurfaces, and can turn and boof nicely. I would also like it to do a little creeking and overnight trips. Any advice? Thanks.

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Old 11-28-2010   #2
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The Burn does all that well but you are a bit too small for the small burn. I am 140 which I think is right at the lower limit.

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Old 11-28-2010   #3
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I am 5'5" 125 lbs. and paddle a Little Hero. I love it. Had a Pyranha (not a burn though) and it was really leaky. The Jackson boats are very dry, easiest to roll boat ever and really fun to paddle. Have only had it on up to 3+/-4.
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Old 12-02-2010   #4
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Pyranha Burn S or Jackson Little Hero?
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Old 12-02-2010   #5
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Jackson Little Hero
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Old 12-02-2010   #6
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One mans treasure is another mans trash. It depends on your style of boating and what makes you tick. Demo them and decide.
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Old 12-02-2010   #7
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GH that is a classic saying. Gotta remember that one!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather...To skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... WOW !!!! What a ride!!!!!!"
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Old 12-02-2010   #8
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I am 5'6", 130 and paddle a Small Pyranha Ammo. It does everything you are looking for, plus it surfs better than the Burn. If your planning to get a playboat too, then go with the Burn...but if your looking to start with just one boat that will do it all for you, look into the Ammo.

Also, it sounds like you might be shopping right around Paddlefest next year. I would suggest coming to Buena Vista, trying free demos, and purchasing a discounted boat at the gear swap.
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Old 12-08-2010   #9
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Thanks, I am going with the Jackson Little Hero 2011
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Old 12-08-2010   #10
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Don't make that call without demoing the boats. Originally I was going to say check out the Karnali as it fit your description perfectly. It excels at river running, is fast, and takes care of me on the creeks. It pierces through everything, and boofs like a champ.

The only drawback is you would be swimming in the boat. At your height and weight I would check out the smallest Liquidlogic Remix, I know that they made the size specific for smaller people learning to boat. I've heard it's a great boat - similar to the Karnali, and it might be the perfect fit for you.

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