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Old 02-19-2007   #1
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Kingpin Icon 6.1 for petite woman


Has anyone paddled this boat? I am 5 feet (and shorter arm reach) and 110 lbs or thereabouts. I previously owned the Jackson Fun 1.5 (in 2005) and found the boat difficult to hand-roll. Since I love hand-rolling and my hand-roll is more reliable than my paddle roll (I too-frequently part with my paddle on the river!), I really would like a boat that I can hand roll easily.

Confluence Kayaks has a Kingpin Icon 6.1 but it's new and I can't demo. If anyone owns one, I'd love to demo it at pool here in the Denver/Boulder/Golden area. I'd pay for the privelege!

Otherwise, I'd appreciate any feedback on this boat or other good boats (again for someone in the atypical -- even for a female -- weight and size range)

Much thanks,

Happy Paddling!

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Old 02-20-2007   #2
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I have a 6.3 and I love the kingpin. Hate the leaking but its a great boat. For a playboat its not that hard to handroll. I mean if I can do it, I think anybody can. Have a buddy with a 6.2 and he rolls both sides with one hand. Hope that helps.

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Old 02-20-2007   #3
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love it

I've got the 6.2 Kingpin sans all the drill holes for the fins (the Icon?) and love it. Great boat for play and river running. The one with the fin attachments is much heavier and I've heard my friends complain that they really don't like the added weight.

As for the is true. Duct tape may be ugly, but it does wonders for the leaking. Put tape over the strap holes on the interior of the rim of the cockpit.
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Old 02-25-2007   #4
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Thanks much for the feedback!
Yes, when I looked at the boat I wondered about the leaking... It seems water gets into all boats I've paddled (so much time upside down and all-around?!). It's not that big a deal to me. Hopefully, I can demo soon!

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Old 03-01-2007   #5
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I have a kingpin 6.2 for sale

Are you interested in buying one? I have the 6.2 with adjustable/inflatable seat for sale. Let me know. I have all the accessories too. small drytop, paddle, skirt. everything is new. I just don't have time to get into it like I thought I would. Would consider trade for women's road bike (50-54 cm).

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Old 03-02-2007   #6
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The Kingpin 6.1 is awesome for small women!

I used to paddle it and I'm actually a little too heavy for it so I switched to the 6.2. The Kingpin is still one of the best all-around playboats in my opinion and it was one of the first kayaks that actually fit small women. I highly recommend it.
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Old 03-04-2007   #7
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I loved the kingpin icon 6.1 for running rivers, surfing waves and holes -and it rolls easily. It has been sitting in my garage unused since I do mostly creeking now. Also have a first generation Star. Very fun playboat but slow. If you are looking for river running capabilities then I found the Kingpin to be the better river runner. I would sell either boat. Unfortunately you cannot demo them since I do not live in Denver...but I paddle in that area every June for a couple of weeks. If you have not found something by that time, I could bring either boat with me to Denver in June. Sue
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