Originally Posted by johnovice
Which means a shorter season -- though a dry$uit will help with that.
(Depending on model of IK, may not be so comfortable for sleeping.)
Iks really excel at low and extreme low flow boating as you can ping pong off rocks, and hop out when needed easily. While most normal folks may avoid serious high water in the IK, the low flow season opens up a lot more to IKers. I have found for a whole lot of rivers in Oregon and WA, that the minimum flow for mostly in-boat IK runs is way way way lower than any published rule of thumb for hard boats.
They are also great for folks with back problems because you can move around and your legs around a lot more to get comfortable then regain the proper position during rapids. I find they work great for up to solid Class IV creeking, and even harder for very skilled folks.
A badass reel from the man slick horn! Contrary to popular believe IKs are not only pool toys.
They also roll up and fit on a mule/pack horse for getting into some really interesting stuff, farther than I personally would want to pack a hardshell, and you can bring more camping gear than a packrat.
not only do they make great sleeping beds, they also make a great couch:
Obviously hard shells excel for big water, water falls etc. where being out of the boat is not advised, and a combat roll is critical.