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Old 08-03-2011   #11
Columbus, Indiana
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I would love to come into your shop.....if it was less than 20 hours away.

For me, I agree. I a, in a weird spot in-between being too tall and light. Luckily, I have a piranha/dagger dealer where I can at least sit in the boats to make sure they are comphy. But my question still remains about the difference in the axiom and the Will I get swamped in the whitewater with the axiom s as I'm 135 without clothes? It just seems odd that the axiom is rated for less weight but has more volume gallons wise than the s. Any insight here would be greatly appreciated as I won't be able to paddle these but can sit in them.

And for my wife..... I agree. Seems like the diesel, remix, hero or villain, Detox or solo, Karnali, Mamba or nomad will be the best bets. Now just have to figure it out.

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Old 08-03-2011   #12
Dillon, Colorado
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Maybe try the Little Hero... I'm 5'5 135lbs... been boating for a decade, and this little boat rocks. I just love to take her out... she is lite, nimble, fast, and comfy. I feel confident solo boating w/ her, and she fits like a glove. I will admit this boat is a true mountain waterway vessel. you throw it in your car and get on w/ your life.

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Old 08-04-2011   #13
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+1 for a Remix. That's what I learned in. I miss my Remix.
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Old 08-04-2011   #14
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Right on. Guess i could have seen that you are in Indiana.

We are happy to ship any of the new kayaks we have. The eskimos are really reasonably priced for a new boat. Here is a link to the new boats we have: Kayaks for sale

The eskimo Kendo is an awesome all-around river running boat. Women love it. We also have the prijon Soca, which is another great boat to learn in, and again, women love it. Also check out the Prijon Cross. While most boat manufacturers focus on play boats and creek boats, prijon and eskimo have always focused on river running boats that appeal to a broader range of paddlers. When you look at their line up there are many different river running boats, and they are all great. Prijon and Eskimo are also pretty well renowned for their durability.

Thanks, and feel free to give me a call on my cell if you have any questions. I have been paddling a long time, and been in many boats. I've also taught many people to paddle, and used different types of boats for them. I am happy to help you figure this out on the phone or via email: 303-809-8942 or

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Old 08-04-2011   #15
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Thanks for the info. I'll keep you guys in mind since it seems like you have a good selection.
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Old 08-04-2011   #16
Boulder, Colorado
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My 2 cents...I paddled an Axoim when I was looking for a river boat because it seems to fit smaller people well...And it looks pretty friggin sick too! I'm a class III boater in my second year but I would say pass on the Axiom for now. Its a bit of a squirt crossover and I found it super edgy. Not very forgiving, especially if your planning on running bigger whitewater. My river runner is a Remix and my playboat a Pyranha Rev. Very happy with both, but will throw in a plug for the Jackson Hero series too.
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Old 08-04-2011   #17
Littleton, Colorado
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For what it's worth, I found that I fit in a Jackson Star (plain star), great. I'm roughly your weight (on a good day) and just under your height. I felt I had some leg room and could have used a happy-feet or extra padding down there to make it snug (was just borrowing one at the pool). I would have been getting close to the top of the weight range for that kayak, which is preferable if you don't care about loops but like to squirt, cartwheel, etc.

If you go with the Fun (like a star, but a tad more volume, and better suited for river-running), you should be able to handle everything up to class 3, but if you paddle with your wife a lot, you might slow her down a bit, unless you keep play sessions to a minimum.
I settled on a transformer 2, because it was $200.

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