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Old 06-12-2014   #11
Thornton, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 43
I went through what your going through last summer. I ended up buying an older Hyside for a good price in the fall. Get in touch with me when you get a boat and when the water goes down. I'm always looking to go out on my IK. Have you run an IK before?

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Old 06-14-2014   #12
Evergreen, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1987
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 25
Okay, pretty excited as I have a Tomcat ordered for myself and a Strike for the wife. VernanBarbarian, yes, I have ran an IK a couple of times and I am all in now as the raft has been sold.
I've been looking at vids online and it seems that just about any water is possible with the right skill set. I think we are going to practice on the upper C for a while until we feel comfortable. I live 20 minutes or so from the put-in on Clear Creek, but after looking at it today, the IK will have to wait a while as it is jamming.
Quick question for anyone, what do most of you carry in the IK? Being a rafter, I'm used to having a fair amount of gear and it looks like I should be able to lash some bags and other gear in the IK.
Any recommendation on gear bags, accessories, etc., would be appreciated.
Looking forward to the new venture!

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Old 06-16-2014   #13
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1974
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 140
Make sure you get thigh straps. They help with control and holding yourself in the boat. I also have a thwart that I use as a foot brace. I prefer the thwart over the aire foot pegs. I have also seen some nice foam foot brace designs on the buzz. I also prefer a thwart for my back versus the cheetah chair.

I just carry tear aid for the repair kit and a k pump as the tubes will get soft quickly in cold water since there is not a lot of volume in the tubes.

If you pump up the tomcat too hard you will raise your center of gravity a little too high.
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Old 06-17-2014   #14
Evergreen, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1987
Join Date: Jun 2013
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Excellent, thank you. Thwart and thigh braces have been ordered. The Upper C is under 4,000cfs, so I'm giving it a go this weekend.

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