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Old 05-28-2007   #1
Ponchalida, Colorado
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vanguard rafts?

hi all hope you're having a great weekend. we are in the market for a 14' sb raft and have looked at many brands, but vanguard just came up a few days ago. i am not at all familiar w/ them but people seem to enjoy them. was wondering if any of you out there have any input on the quality of these boats or any other info. thanks ryan

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Old 05-28-2007   #2
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I work for Royal Gorge Rafting in Canon City, and we use Vanguards. I only photo boat, but the guides seem to like them...and they seem pretty durable for so little $. Ben

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Old 05-28-2007   #3
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Hey I personally think that vangaurds in a smaller size ie 13-14'ers are pretty fun but any bigger and they get pretty heavy... even the 13'er is kinda heavy compared to a 13' highside. However they are very durable as mentioned... The one potential problem with them is they drain fairly slow, so they can be great for class 4 especially if your looking for a bit of surf, I've run a 13'er down pine creek and hopefully will never do it again ,we escaped any carnage but just barely, bigger holes really just want to grab onto those smaller tubes and once you're in there get ready for a ride.
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Old 05-29-2007   #4
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I've had mine for a few years and love it. Its PVC which isn't as durable as Hypalon but they have extra layering where it counts. The floor is a bit thicker than needed and there doesn't seem to be as much room as a comparable Hyside. The boat can be inflated to higher pressures than most rafts and is really stiff and responsive. Vanguard's been very good with minor warranty issues I had earlier on.

The boat's a very good value if they're still selling in the low $2K range. I'd recommend a 14' boat if you're in Colorado - small enough for headwaters rivers and big enough for the Grand Canyon.

Good luck choosing!

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