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Old 08-03-2005   #1
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riken rafts???

does anyone have any thoughts on a riken raft? all i know is that they are mostly hypalon and made in mehico for NRS by guys they get to drink tecate and look at boats all day ( not a bad gig!) anyway, they seem to be mid priced between a vanguard/star and and NRS/hyside....any thoughts, comparisons or reviews would be helpful...thanks!!!

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Old 08-05-2005   #2
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I haven't been in one since '89 but it was the biggest piece of shit ever. They were very soft when inflated and the material would get wear holes all over, like under your ass. Had a custy put a hole in one with one of those combs with a pointy end. The material weight on them now is pretty heavy 51oz. for a 850 denier material, compare to NRS 48oz./1100 denier. Most of the weight is the rubber not the actual material, I think you would have a heavy boat that tears easy and long. Look at the NRS Otter series for a low price. I worked for Clear Creek Rafting and they had a few Otters,and a few of the Sport series as well, they held up comparable to Hyside (I was the guy who did the repairs so I'd know). If they hold up on Clear Creek they make it anywhere.

Enjoy the new boat, whatever you get!

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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #3
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Riken Charger II

I boat in a 14' Riken Charger II that's been on the Colorado for over 30 years, still tight as a drum. There is no river in America that's harder on gear than the Colorado. Silt in the water invades and abrades any and all seams. Riken hypolon has a sterling rep among guides as being durable as all-get-out. That grey/red/black is recognizable anywhere.
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As far as I know, they don't make them any more. But they were, and are, the bomb. Outfitters still run 10 or 15 year old riken boats. . I just retired a 40 year old riken a couple of years ago.

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