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Old 06-18-2008   #1
Tabernash, Colorado
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New guy! Some questions for the wise

Hello all,
I am rookie guide in training on the Upper Colorado, a few more river hours left until i check out.

I moved out to CO in November to ski and now i am really interested in getting into Kayaking. So my question is this: I am a pretty big guy. 6' tall, 240 pounds. I am interested in getting into whitewater Kayaking and have always been a stylist when it comes to sports so i think i would like to find a play oriented boat that will allow me to both learn on class II and III big water but also let me advance to some class IV stuff like clear creek or the poudre once i have some experience under my belt. I don't have much to spend (I haven't been paid in over 2 months) and wont be making much so keep that in mind with your suggestions.

Thanks to everyone in advance for your wisdom.

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Old 06-19-2008   #2
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If you can afford one i'd look at the super fun from jackson. for cheaper models look for a super easy or maybe a Z from wavesport. I know a guy that might let his old z go on the cheap.

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Old 06-19-2008   #3
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I'm 6'3, 240. I do love my Jackson Superfun, but it's a bit long on the ends for some types of playboating (full disclosure: certainly I'm not a good playboater). The Superstar might be more appropriate for real playboating, but the combo offered in the Superfun is really great.

Buy the 2007 model or later, though. More volume, better stability.
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Old 06-19-2008   #4
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Hey UpperCguide, who are you working for?
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Old 06-27-2008   #5
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I work for Mad adventures.

Any more suggestions on boats for me?
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Old 06-27-2008   #6
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Can't go wrong with Jackson or LL

First and foremost, check out the Fun series from Jackson. They are the most all-around boats I have ever seen. That aside I would recomend checking out LiquidLogic instead of Wavesport. I think the Z and EZ series are too dishy and slicey, a little reminescent of squirt boats. LL older models of the Huck, Gus, and Lil Moe are good learning boats. If you want to play more try the LL CR 156 or a used Vision. Try to demo a few boats first, then you can form your own opinion.
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Old 06-28-2008   #7
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I love my Liquid Logic Vision, I would highly recommend it. It was my first playboat and it's really easy to throw around. The only bad thing though is that playboats will be harder to learn how to roll in...I have taught people how to, but it took a lot longer than it should have and they got very frustrated...
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There is a used Super EZ on craigslistthat is a great all around boat for a bigger guy. It plays well and is stable for bigger water. Might be work a look for a cheaper price.

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