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Old 02-06-2013   #21
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The Stomper 90 is 90 gallons but it does not paddle huge. Im 6'1" 170 and I never once thought it was too big last year. Actually, I wouldn't mind one that was a little bigger.

I don't buy the argument that you should buy a smaller creekboat because it will be easier to maneuver. All the creeks we run were first paddled in boats that were 12 feet long and 100 gallons. If you can't move a boat that is 8'6" 90 gallons, you don't need a smaller boat, you need to paddle harder.

The extra volume of the Stomper keeps it on the surface and keeps it upright. The semi-planing hull makes it easy to spin, and the soft edges make it easy to catch eddies. Go bigger and you will never go back.

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Old 02-06-2013   #22
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The Stomper 90, while being 90 gallons, paddles smaller than you would think.

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Old 02-06-2013   #23
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I thin the Karma is the top dog right now. Great boat, I did a review on it a few weeks ago on here

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Old 02-07-2013   #24
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Fluid Bazooka

I have use a Fluid Bazooka now for one season and have been very impressed with it. My last creeker which I had for several years was a Nomad 8.5 which yes, is an incredible creek boat for sure. I feel however that the Bazooka is a bit faster and punchy through big holes, and has a touch more rocker making it rotate a touch farster. It sttill tracks great and boofs even better with the displacement hull in the bow and flat hull in the stern. I have not been pushed off line yet which makes my confidence shine. It comes in 3 sizes also so fluid shoul have one that will fit you perfect. The biggest problem at the moment is finding one but that should be rectified this spring.
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Old 02-07-2013   #25
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Originally Posted by livin_tll View Post
Someone mentioned getting a boat with a good warranty. So, what companies have good warranties? And the LL stomper 90 is 90 gallons?! That just seems huge.
can't go wrong with, LL, JK, WS, Dagger, and Pyranha. I have known people who have raved about all of these brands on the customer service side. In my own experience, I have never had a "true" warranty issue myself. I am sure fluid and bliss stick would treat you right too but I don't know anybody who has tested out thier services. Anything bad I have ever heard about any company has started out with mistreatment of the boat by the user. You don't get to run your boat over with a catapilar and expect to have a free replacement.
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Old 02-07-2013   #26
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There's definitely some give and take on length and volume. The trend over the last decade has been to make rounder, shorter boats with more rocker. Sub 80 gallon creek boats. Now we see the trend shifting back to longer profiles, with more volume, and a different distribution of volume. The newer creek boats with greater volume paddle amazingly and offer a completely different ride than their smaller counterparts. At 5'9" and 170lbs, I paddle both the Medium and Large Bazooka and use each under different circumstances.

The only way to know is to test...and don't ever discredit until you put some miles under you.

The Bazooka series has been awesome. It's fast, responsive, has edges when you need it, and is exceptionally forgiving.
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Old 02-07-2013   #27
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For me...Pyranha Burn, hands down. I have paddled Hero, Nomad, LL and the Burn out shines them all. Although I must say that the Nomad has great stability and was really hard to tip over...I just didn't like paddling it. But in saying that I also only paddle class 4.
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In my opinion....hands down Bliss Stick Tuna...
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Old 02-07-2013   #29
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I am really impressed with my Jackson Karma. It's fast, stable and paddles much smaller on the water than if looks in the kayak shop but has volume to keep you riding high when you need it.

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