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Old 01-17-2007   #1
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Lotus Royal Flush dry top

Anyone out there have one or paddled with one? Will it stand up to the beatings I routinely endure?

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i'm on my second. the first, a nemo, delaminated after three seasons and i returned it to patagonia for the newer model, a royal flush i believe. this one's a'ight. it's still water tight but i had to replace the neck gasket at the end of the first summer and now i've torn the wrist gasket. can't place all the blame on patagonia for that since i'm sure they use outsourced gaskets. hasn't patagonia dropped its whitewater line? if it's a great deal i'd pick it up and plan on returning it in a couple years and then buy a kokatat. have you looked into the palm's? there's a guy in utah that's importing them.
let me know when you come south to boat and i'll see if i can keep up.

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I picked up a royal flush last spring and used it for a full season guiding and paddling... a few times a week. It held up well and is still in great shape.

Patagonia closed down Lotus in August, so these won't be on the market too much longer. Nonetheless, a good piece of gear.

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