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Old 04-26-2009   #1
fort collins, Colorado
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What's the best small cataraft?

Looking for a small cat (12' or smaller) for playing in class IV water. Anyone have suggestions? I already have a big cat for trips, this is strictly for days.

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Old 04-26-2009   #2
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Paddlecat...hands down

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Old 04-26-2009   #3
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shredder nation

the original is still the best the shredder by airtight inflatables is the best cataraft for running any whitewater small light and responsive this thing turns on a dime why get an imposter when you can get the real thing.
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I second the Shredder
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Old 04-27-2009   #5
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Shredder All The Way !!!

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Old 04-27-2009   #6
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Get a Kayak!
Or an open canoe if you dare 9)
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Old 04-27-2009   #7
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Narrow it down a bitó Do you want a paddle boat/R2 like a Shredder or Jack's Culebra or a cat to row solo (two tubes and an oarframe)?
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Old 04-27-2009   #8
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SOTAR Legend, SOTAR legend, SOTAR legend. 12'6" length, 22.5" tubes.

At least that's what I've decided to buy for day tripping the Lochsa (Class IV+). Mine will be here in a week! Yippee!
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 04-27-2009   #9
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SOTAR makes good cats. So does Maravia. But my favorite are Jack's: I've got four in different sizes and have been running Jack's boats for close on twenty years, with never a puncture. Jack (aka Paco) changed my life.

Cutthroat tubes (12' 6" x 16") with chafe strips. Frame is homebuilt. It's a great playboat that handles like a Mini Cooper.

But it can also work for overnight trips:

Just built a new lightweight play frame for this boat. Which I'll test as soon as it bloodywell stops snowing.

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Old 04-27-2009   #10
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That's a pretty sweet setup there. What'd ya use for flooring?; stuff looks lightweight yet bomber.

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