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Old 04-15-2010   #1
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IKs for kids and for sale?

Looking for an IK for my kid. He is 7 and pretty small dude. I was thinking of getting him NRS Bandit, are there any other lighter/smaller boats out there?

Also, where should I look for a used IK or IKs on sale? (besides mtnbuzz and nrs gear swap)

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The problem I found with kids and IK's is the width of the boat in relation to short arms and torso. Still, my smallish 9 year old was able to paddle my Force XL on much of the upper Colorado with reasonable control and no swims. While not as stable as a Lynx, it seemed easier to manage for the little ones.

I found a great deal on a new Lynx through Geartrade.com
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We sell our used kayak fleet. Only used a couple of times for our events, excellent condition. Check them out to see if it would suit your needs. Zoik & Aire Kayak Fleet Sale
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Saturn 12' Inflatable whitewater river kayaks. RK375W Heavy-Duty River Inflatable Kayaks.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, now just need to convince the wife to spend an additional $500! lol
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Below are some cheaper options from bass pro shop. The bottom one is a one-man cataraft (used for fishing). I brought one down deso last year for folks on the trip to play with and they had a blast (kids and adults alike). The one pictured is a more expensive example. I picked mine up at sportsman's warehouse for $199. Good luck.
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Kwik Tek Airhead Recreational Travel Inflatable Two Person Kayak
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Is that Kwik Tek worth the money? Seems like it would get torn up on the first rock it comes across? That's half the price of brand names out there...
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Not sure. Bored at work and just researching. You'd have to go check it out. If you get it, post with feedback.
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I found it on Amazon for 182 bucks...
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I really like my Zoik. I got it last summer just before a deso trip and my 11 year old daughter ended up paddling almost the entire run in it.
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