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Old 10-09-2016   #1
 
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Wavesport Diesel

I have been kayaking the Jackson Little Hero and am looking to step it up with a edgier and bigger boat. At the moment I am looking at a Wavesport Diesel. The Diesel 60 paddler weight range is 60-140 lbs and the Diesel 70 paddler weight is 120-190 lbs. I am 5'4" and 117 lbs, What size Diesel is best for me? I'm afraid the 70 may be too big and I am sitting too far on the upper side of the 60...? I mostly run III and a few IV creeks in Alaska

I am also looking at Pyranha Burn, Dagger Mamba, or Liquid Logic Remix... however I haven't been able to find any used boats for sale that fit me, which is why I am now considering the Diesel. Any input is appreciated, cheers.

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How old are you, and do you expect to grow more? If so, I would go with the 70 knowing you will have a little room to grow into it and just move the center of gravity as far forward as you can..... the Burn, Mamba and Remix are excellent river runners as well.
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Long time diesel owner and my advice would be the 70. The 60 is a small boat. The 80 is a big boat. You said a little something about creeks. If you'll be sliding over and around rock then I would shy away from the diesel and be thinking remix. The diesel works best in deeper water and the hard edges can grab a bit on rocks. But that makes it carve big eddies line and ferry better too.
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I am 27, hopefully I won't be growing too much more! Thanks for the info. I plan on paddling creeks mostly but also bigger water when I travel down to the lower 48.
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I am 27, hopefully I won't be growing too much more! Thanks for the info. I plan on paddling creeks mostly but also bigger water when I travel down to the lower 48.
Creeks = Remix. remix is still a great boat in the deep. I went from Diesel 80 to 70 and now Remix 69. The remix is king for me on most everything.
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Diesel is a great boat. However, have you considered a Zet Veloc? They are sporty on the lower grades and larger volume like the Diesel, but are great creek boats as well. Bomber plastic, and nice simple outfitting.
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Diesel is a great boat for Class 3-4. It can handle easy creeks no problem. Once you push beyond that you'll be looking for a new boat. A little extra volume is always nice especially for big water & multi day trips!


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