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Old 04-23-2014   #1
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Which creeker do most people hang onto once they own it?

I've perused the for sale sections on various paddle sites but cannot really come to a conclusion. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-23-2014   #2
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The one that isn't broken.

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Old 04-23-2014   #3
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There is some real truth to what Nathan said! People tend to run their creekers into the ground more so than playboats. Even though creekers have advancements in design, they seem to last the test of time. I still see people running old micros, cfs, and Y all the time with success. I don't see many x's still ripping it up.
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Old 04-23-2014   #4
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Old 04-23-2014   #5
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The one that isn't broken.
Or the one with the best patch.
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Old 04-25-2014   #6
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I've got an old Eskimo Salto, and I plan on running it into the ground. It's showing its age, so that should be sometime this season . I've also had a Dagger Nomad 8.3 and a Wavesport habitat over the years.

The other posters are right. Boat design has come a long ways, but it usually comes down to what you get used to paddling and just what lasts. Although a new Dagger Mamba, Wavesport Recon or Jackson Karma would be sweet as, I bought my Salto four years ago for $350 and it's still banging down rivers today. Plus, get an old boat and you have something to blame all your missed boofs and botched lines on! If you ever paddle with me you're welcome to try my Salto, and a lot of other paddler's will offer the same to you.
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Old 04-26-2014   #7
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I think the pure is the most durable boat with a modern creeking design on the market. With all due respect to the Salto, it is a dated enough design that you will notice when comparing it to how newer boats feel. My pure has lasted over four years running Colorado class IV and V, and it has taken a couple of rides through serious rapids while unattended and full of water (escalante falls, a chunk of the big Thompson at high water). Still going strong.
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Old 04-26-2014   #8
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I prefer to think of the the Salto as simply requiring better technique. It's a challenge!

But yes, you're absolutely right. Other more modern boats require less finesse than my workhorse to do the same moves. All the same, I've been boating for years on a quarter of what a new boat costs.
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Old 04-26-2014   #9
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Agreed, since they all break in a year if used for their intended purpose, you don't hang on to any of them. Only exception is Prijon, but good luck actually buying one around here. The Zet looks promising. They seem to be focusing on stronger plastic and lighter outfitting. That's the right idea, but cost is way too high in the US.

Everybody else has same shitty plastic and just keeps dumping heavier outfitting into their boats. The only exception is Jackson, who I think could benefit from dumping a couple more pieces of heavy outfitting into their boats.

Given that, I just bought a creekboat and made my decision based on the cheapest price.
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Old 04-26-2014   #10
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Burn - Burn - Burn

I have fallen in love with this boat. It was the first creeker I jived with.

I started in a 2008 red model which I welded the noes on after it took a manky trip down Clear Creek at high water. I used the heck out of this boat paddling it all around the US until it base cracked in Bailey 2012.

After that I picked up a used 2007 model in Hood River. Our first ride together was down the little white and I still love this boat.

In sum, new is not always better and find what you like use it until it dies.
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