Originally Posted by John_in_Loveland
So I was a hardshell kayaker for a number of years. I have run up to class IV runs on westwater, the Poudre, the Salt and a few others. I no longer kayak, but do have a raft. I am considering whether or not to get an IK for a preseason MFS trip instead of running my raft. Does anyone have any experience with these IKS and can tell me how closely they mimic a hardshell?
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If you're coming from a hardshell background, and want an inflatable to closely mimc that feel, there is nothing closer than this:
Punches standing waves, carves into and out of eddies, braces and rolls much like a hardshell. Plus it's easy to self-support (like your preseason MFS) with all the gear inside the tubes.
I self supported the Grand Canyon in one of these last January. 11 days of bliss.
Check out some of the vids on their site to see what I mean.