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Old 03-01-2008   #1
lookout mnt., Colorado
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wavesport habitat?

looking for some feedback from those that have paddled it. likes/dislikes. thanks- also, being 5'9 and 165 pounds which one would i be better off in?

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Old 03-01-2008   #2
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Old 03-02-2008   #3
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Definitely better off in the smaller one, I believe it is a 74.
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Old 03-02-2008   #4
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WS Habitat

I paddled the Habitat back east last fall a couple times. I am 6'3" 215lbs. I was in the larger one. For me it was one of the most comfortable boats to sit in & paddle of quite a number of boats I demoed. It was super easy to roll. It punched holes well ( but it is a big boat) & resurfaced OK though sometimes a little squirelly. Overall it was too sluggish for me & I couldn't get it to hold a line as well as some other boats. I have no actual exp erience on this; but have heard it is not the tuffest boat. I couple weeks later I was on Gore & ran into a guy paddling one & he basically confirmed just what I said & he did have a crunched in bow. He was also in the large on & was a 195 lbs er. You would definitely be in the smaller one. But you need to demo it. Maybe the smaller one would be more responsive. My 2 cents.
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Old 03-02-2008   #5
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Good Boat

The Habitat is probably my favorite boat. I borrowed one for a couple of weeks. It is totally predictable. It seems like the boat will do exactly what you want it to do, without any surprises. Also, it is one of the only boats I have sat in that just fit perfect without any adjustment. I am 6'' and 165lb. I would definetly try one out.
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Old 03-02-2008   #6
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Ditto on what MtnGuyXC said. Easy to roll, punched holes well, boofed well, very comfortable.

I bought mine at the end of last season, so I haven't paddled it enough yet to have a really strong opinion about this, but I wasn't super confident in the boat and I was missing my lines. Some boats I've paddled seemed easier to paddle "out of the box".

IMO, my fav boat to paddle is the Magnum, but after owning one for less than a year before it cracked on the incut edge of the chine, I wasn't impressed by the durability. Riot claims to have fixed this somehow with an internal design change that stabilized the edge, but I haven't seen a new model to see how it was accomplished. I would be suspicious until I verified that the boat bottom doesn't flex thereby over time weakening the edge. Otherwise, this was an awesome boat.
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Old 03-02-2008   #7
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I paddled a Habitat 74 this summer; I'm 5'9, 165lbs. I haven't much experience in a creek boat, I've paddled mostly in a Wavesport ZG and Ace. I really liked the Habitat, I felt comfortable in it. Only complaint was the plastic was pretty lousy. I dented the front on the 2nd run of the day. Same move done by someone in a Dagger Nomad: barely got a scratch on her boat. However I have heard through the paddler grapevine that the plastic is improved on the newer Habitats.
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