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Old 08-14-2012   #1
 
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Coming back...what's next?

So I've been out of the kayaking loop for about 1.5 years due to financial obligations, but I'm back on my feet and looking to get a new/used boat. I previously had a Dagger Crazy 88 and this was the boat that I learned on. I got solid at class III with it, and then had to sell. I have really been looking hard at the Jackson Hero but would like to know what you guys think is comparable to this boat. Not looking into getting another playboat for a while, so I'd like a boat that can kinda do it all until my skills improve. I plan on mainly doing class III to easy IV and little/no creeking.

Also, I just moved to Southern Oregon and have no paddling partners, so if you're in the area (Ashland) and want to go out on some fun runs let me know.

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Old 08-16-2012   #2
 
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If you don't plan to creek, I wouldn't recommend looking for creek boats. They will be over forgiving and thwart your progress and actually inhibit your fun. Look for a fast stable river runner, or larger forgiving play boat. Lots of affordable boats in the used market.
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Would the Hero or an Ammo fall under the category of river runner? I know that jacksons website calls it a river runner, but some people I talk to consider it a creeker as well.
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Hero is pretty much a creek boat, but it has harder edges and a planing hull. The Amo is a lot shorter and will surf better, while still being surfy. Neither of these boats would let you learn to stern squirt, which is still one of the most fun river running tricks, IMHO.
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I'm in central Oregon and would like to get on some class 3 or easy 4 in your area. Mill creek has a release this weekend 250cfs on sat and 450 on sunday. Also gonna try to get rogue permit for next week.
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