[QUOTE=brokenpaddlejon;710999]I'm 6'8" 240lbs and size 15 feet. Been paddling a while now. I've been very happy with Jackson Kayak they have several boats that I'd look at before a Riot Big Gun. Notably a used Karma or Super Fun depending on your paddling needs. A Monstar, for a play boat, a large Antix, a large Zen, or Large Nirvana would also work. Dagger Mamba 8.5 is another option and Pyranha will also make a few creek/river boats you can fit in. Pyranha also just introduced the ripper which is a large river/play type boat that I fit in easily, but have not paddled so I can't really comment. Wave sport super EZ if you can find one or a large wavesport Diesel would probably also fit the bill. So you have options. Definitely worth looking around for a while.
I'm 6'-6", size 14's, and 195-205#.
I agree with the other poster that LiquidLogic outfitting is narrow..would fit me, probably wouldn't fit you.
I fit in the Monstar, but it's too big (volume) for my weight. It might be perfect for you at 240#.
x2 on the Mamba..super comfy yet good river-runner. Big enough for a multiday but not enormous given your size..you won't be "swimming" in it.
I loved the WS SuperEZ, but they had flattish decks. Now at age 43, they hurt my knees. I used to rock a Big EZ with custom toe bumps, and I actually stuffed myself into a regular EZ (back when i was in my late 20's and my knees somehow bent backwards/sideways.) haha
Originally Posted by brokenpaddlejon
When I started paddling there wasn't much I could get in and bought a boat that was not right for me and hated. I learned how to boat in it so thats good, but I was looking for a new boat about five minutes after I got in the first one. Demo some, try them in a pool or lake and find one you will be comfortable in and that will allow you to grow and improve and you'll be better off than finding the first thing you can get in and hoping for the best.
^^^Don't spend too much on your first boat. If you can find one that fits for $300, grab it. It's worth having your own boat that you can outfit and take to pool sessions.
Don't buy new until you know what you want.
Originally Posted by bobbuilds
Welcome to kayaking, itís a blast.
Absolutely!! I'm going on 22 years now, and it's the one sport I've never "outgrown". I like rafting and taking non-boating friends and family members on my favorite rivers, but kayaking is what really gives me joy.