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Old 05-27-2015   #21
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Originally Posted by tbduwyo View Post
Where did you get that giant bag? I will mostly do flatwater this summer with little kids and dogs, and I could use something like that. That seems like money better spent.

Stitches n stuff. Jan and her husband used to be part of Down River Equipment back in the day. Now she makes soft storage goods.

That pic shows this bag at maximum capacity. I carried the kitchen, six dry bags and a handwash system with buckets in this for a 14 person trip, in my 14' raft.

The quality is top notch, the service is remarkable. All my drop bags are from her as well.

Another bonus: she offered materials that matched my tan Sotar.

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Old 05-27-2015   #22
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Big fan of a 16"x16"x3" paco pad w/valve from JPW.

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Old 05-27-2015   #23
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Originally Posted by Eagle Mapper View Post
Has anyone every tried a crazy creek chair on a drybox or cooler? I sit on top of the drybox but I have found myself out the back of the boat a couple times b/c I did not have some type of chair to stop my momentum.
I know a guy that does this and loves it. I like my AAA Captains Chair it puts me up high to see over peoples' heads, buy it now they're about 50 bucks more than they were 5 years ago... but thats a lot of river gear.
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Old 06-01-2015   #24
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Originally Posted by tbduwyo View Post
I just bought a boat and am deciding on whether or not it is worth the ~$300 to drop on a captain's chair. I'm kind of leaning on being cheap, as I've never rowed in a captain's chair or on a padded drybox. I've only been on my buddies low back seat in his rig. Thoughts?
High back chairs are the first thing to go when up-side -down. A low profile seat or board is the most functional as well as the least cost.
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Old 06-03-2015   #25
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If bucks are tight and you do multi-day trips, an everything bag in the back will be a much more useful buy. Over time, you probably save the purchase price buying less NRS straps. I rig but often don't use a crazycreek. I run looking forward sitting on a drybox in my #4 bay, I run forward looking back sitting on my cooler in my #2 bay. On something like Upper C, Deso, Chama, RubyHT, with long flat I switch back and forth. When your everything bag gets to the point it provides back support, it's time to start minimizing some of the camping gear.
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Old 06-03-2015   #26
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Old 06-03-2015   #27
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I bought the DRE Flip Chair a quite a few years back. I've rowed it on Flat Water San Juan trips , Westwater, Animas, Cataract at various levels and a Grand Trip. On the Flat water trips I think a Paco pad and some baggage on your back is more comfy. I can hang out and lounge more comfortably. All the negatives that people have commented on I agree. Puts you up too high. I had to buy taller towers. The flip seat does get in the way when at camp when I'm "shopping" in the cooler which hangs below my seat. A small inconvenience. When I'm pulling backwards downstream through big water the high back is great as it gives me more purchase, but it does worry me as it's another thing I could get hurt on. Now that my setup has been diamond plated my rig is pretty rigidly set, so I'm not in the mood to change it. But if I was to do it again I would forego buying the spendy Flip Chair and have a low back tractor seat mounted directly to the dry box. I've seen some that are on rails and can be adjusted for different rower's heights like a car seat.


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