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Old 01-18-2009   #1
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need used gear/info

My wife and I moved back to colorado from california and were trying to get into kayaking. i surf and she grew up here in snowmass. I am going to sell my downhill bike to get gear. I have looked at a couple boats but I was reluctant to buy because I dont want to get a boat for me or my wife that is over our heads. A good beginner boat but one you can progress on is key. Help please thanks shawn

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Old 01-18-2009   #2
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Right now since it's the winter I would tell you get either to CKS in Buena Vista or to Confluence Kayaks in Denver to sit in some boats and talk to the knowledgeable folks there about proper fitting and advice on used gear. If you are just starting out, fitting will be pretty key and will play a huge role in getting the basics of boat control and rolling down. You would hate to drop cash on gear and boats especially that don't fit properly.

When the spring hits and we get some runoff, CKS has a demo boat program where you pay around $30 bucks and you can put one of their boats on the river. With the Milk Run close by you can't go wrong with this because the money you spend on demoing boats can be used towards the purchase of a new rig.

Aside from that, try and hit up some winter pool sessions, talk to some of the experienced paddlers you meet there and ask to sit in/try out their boats.

Wish you the best of luck in the sport and hope to see you out on the river!
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