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Old 04-21-2006   #11
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this is a good topic...

I've always thought the Shredder is the ultmate raft craft. I've paddled well-worn Shredders down the Upper Yough a bunch of times, which is full of rocks, and the boat always handled like a champ. We used to sidesurf manky, trashy holes and do 360s without care of flipping.

I've also always wondered about the other options, because used Shredders are hard to find and new ones are pricey with a longish waiting period.

It's nothing that will happen soon, but I would love to have a Shredder in my quiver of rivercraft.

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Old 04-21-2006   #12
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I have a shredder and have paddled it for 5 years. For me, its the best boat ever. Last year, I got a small frame for it so that I can row it. It handles great in big water and is fun for floats. I run it down the Roaring Fork alot which is very rocky and I haven't had any trouble yet. I will say, the front flap does catch wind on long paddle outs. Can be a pain!

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Old 04-23-2006   #13
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Thanks for the info! so this is what I understand then:

The shredder made back east is of a softer material?
what material and what size is it? Tube size? Whats the going rate for this baby?

The Culebra from Jacks plastics is apparently PVC? is now 11' long with 19" tubes and run $1500 ish!

Some say shredder better but Culebra tougher!?

I will be on Clear Creek Sections mostly as I live in Georgetown, now from what I have read about cataraft tubes from Jacks is they can puncture and/or rip on sharp rocks in a really bad position!? I dont know? I usually Yak and have picked up rafting in the last couple of years to go with freinds and family since I've lost boating partners! I own a 14 foot and 10 foot Hypalon rafts and seem to bounce around pretty well in Clear Creeks industrial sections! just need a little more help and/or debate regarding what would be best for my situation!

At my expense please have at it! Thanx again!!!!
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Old 04-23-2006   #14
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there's a shredder in empire you can borrow to run the clear creek when it comes up.

email me

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