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Old 09-21-2012   #21
Portland, Oregon
Paddling Since: 2003
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If you want a smaller boat that will make smaller rapids seem big the Super Puma is a great choice. My buddy has one and he gets five people in it fairly comfortably and we have also r2ed a good amount of class 5 in it. You do give up a little stability on the class 5 though. I have a AIRE 13D series and it is an incredible boat and is highly recommended. We mostly use it for r2in and it has worked great in bigger water like tumwater and NF payette and has got us down many trips on the little white salmon and other small technical creeks. It is very easy to maneuver and handles the big stuff great. If you are gonna spend the money I would definitely get an AIRE boat due to there killer 10 year no fault warranty. They are the only company that will fix the boat no matter what happens no questions asked. I am finishing up a video of our run down Chelan gorge (a cool little gorge with technical class 5 drops) so I will try to post it in a week or so if this would help, as we had my 13D and my buddies Super Puma on the trip. Hope this helps!

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Old 09-21-2012   #22
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I have a NRS Otter 120 SB, and I put a third thwart in it. I'm on the water twice a week with 4-5 people, the boat R2's like a dream. With 6 people you are sitting low. I typically run the New, Nolichucky, Ocoee, French Broad, Dirty Bird, and just got back from Gauley. No problems with stability, except large curl waves. By large I mean 6-10ft (east coast stds). They seem to be the direct result of my flips, but hell I've seen 15ft rafts flip on those large curlers. In hindsight I could have gotten away with a 13ft, but It wouldn't have the same fun factor or R2 as easily. Good luck!!!!

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