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Old 10-26-2007   #11
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Yo, Owen. I forgot, Valley Mill Boats just outside of Washington DC demos Jacksons for free for potential buyers. Ask for monique and tell her I sent you. Great shop, check it at

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Old 10-27-2007   #12
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You will fit great in a Jefe Grande.
Focused right at your weight and we have several tall boys in our boats here in Asheville. 6'5" with 37" inseams.
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Old 10-27-2007   #13
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Big Guy Creeker

Hello Simcoeom,

I am 6'3.5" & 215-220lb & just went thru the creeker search. I paddle a SuperFun that I luv. I demoed a Burn, Jefe, Habitat, Mystic, Hercules, Solo, & Nomad. I eventually narrowed the field to the Herc & the Solo. The Jefe & Mystic will be too small for you but the others would all do you well. Just a matter of demoing & finding what you like. I personally was most fond of the Solo & purchased one the other day. I just ran it down the Top Yough back East & it was awesome. It's performance was right on & is going to be a great boat for me. I did paddle with two folks of which one had the new LL Grande...he is only 5'11" but 250lb & he loves it coming from a Jefe that was to small weight wise for him. Also LL has a new boat called the Remix which comes in 4 sizes & the one guy was demoing it. He felt it wasn't too bad..worth taking a look at. Though I luv my Jackson I did not demo the Mega Rocker.. it was just way bigger than I was interested in & I was looking for more of a semi displacement haul.

Good luck in your search...Demo! Demo! Demo!

Oh by the way..Appomattox Outfitters in.. I forget what town in VA has two Lg Solo's & is willing to off one for $750 new..That's a goood deal! Also worth checking out.

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Old 10-27-2007   #14
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Got to give my vote to the Jefe Grande, just picked one up! I'm 6'4" 210 lbs and fit AWESOME in the boat. Paddled the regular Jefe for 2 seasons and loved it, just wished it sat higher in the water and now it does. The outfitting is dope! I like the Jackson Mega, but it takes a lot of manual work to outfit the boat. Plus you've got Willie Kern, Shane and those guys dialing the shape in for you. I sit in front of the TV in my boat at night and my legs don't fall asleep or go numb...super cush.
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Old 10-27-2007   #15
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i love my jefe grande the thing rips
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Old 10-27-2007   #16
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If you can wait to check out the Super Hero...

It sounds like you need a boat soon... but if you can wait, I would check out the Super Hero. It looks like it's going to be a great boat in nearly every aspect. If you are familiar with paddling a planing hull boat, stick with a boat such as a Burn, or Super Hero. It'll take much longer figure out a displacement hull boat such as a Jefe or Mega-Rocker.

Monique at Valley Mill is amazing. She'll take care of you.

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Old 10-28-2007   #17
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Just to quell the Liquid Logic and Jackson worship........I recommend a look at the Dragorossi Critical Mass ( Dragorossi: Elite Whitewater Kayaks and Surfboards <-- Link to Boat). Many are intimidated by the size (biggest new boat out in a loooong time) and some by the price (a new one with all the best outfitting is $1400 shipped to your door....other models with significantly less can be had for as little as $750 brand new though).

Essentially its designed to be super stable, very maneuverable, large cargo capacity, creek boat. In the past I have paddled many different creekers, and this is my favorite yet. This thing totally takes care of me the whole time. The size takes a bit to get used to, but after a couple rapids you'll realize it paddles similarly to every other modern creeker out there (the aggressive rocker makes this possible).

As a big tall guy this boat seems pretty ideal for you too. This is a predominantly Liquid Logic and Jackson saturated state (with a bit of Pyranha and Riot mixed in) but there certainly are other choices out there. Let me know if you want to come check it out. I don't work for Drago or anything, but I do know its hard to find them to try out so let me know. I have a Fish, Thruster and Stinger too if anyone wants to try those out (a bit of a Drago fan aye? ).

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Old 10-28-2007   #18
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I just spent four days in a Remix 79 and loved it. Super comfy with the new "BadAss" outfit system. I would creek in it but would be it would be awesome for patrolling in. super fast. Front surfs well. I am not of your stature but I was on the 2nd closest hole at 5'10 and with me and all the gear I had in it I was probably pushing 220 and it would still ride high. It is not a pure creek boat, it is a bit long for the really tight stuff, but I would not hesitate to paddle it anywhere out here. Super stable.


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