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Old 09-03-2013   #21
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Having paddled a Puma, Mini Me and Mini Max this year.... I just bought a Puma. My wife and I R2'd the Ocoee yesterday (her first time R2ing) and I'm glad we went with the Puma. The Puma is more stable, IMO, than the Hysides -- I'm a guide and you won't often hear me say that an Aire boat is more stable than anything, but that's when I'm talking about taking clients (non-paddlers / non-swimmers) down a Class IV river. The Puma handled nicely, was responsive but didn't feel squirrely at all. The Hysides, to me, are sketchy. Hiwassee Outfitters in Reliance, TN has an air floor Puma for $1350. It's in good shape for the age. Call and ask for Charlie -- he'll negotiate better with ya!

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