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Old 04-10-2019   #1
Boise, Idaho
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Creek Boat Recommendations ?

I'm interested in buying a new or gently used creek boat. Have paddled for >35 years and these days primarily class III-IV, western U.S. rivers and favor stability and predictability. Height: 5'10'/weight: 145 lb. Will welcome input including comparatives of more recent models.
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Old 04-11-2019   #2
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IMO your three best choices are: JK Nirvana, Karma M, Villain S. With that provided for you I will say that I want a Nirvana and am offering my expertly outfitted and excellent condition Villian S Elite for sale for $650. PM if you're interested or have questions on any of the suggested boats. This is my 39th season of boating and I have experienced dozens of boats and brands.
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Old 04-11-2019   #3
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up north

just a thought
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Old 04-12-2019   #4
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Must try a...

Pyranha Machno. It's a very comfortable boat. It's stable. Turns on a dime (lots of rocker). High volume. I love mine!
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Old 04-16-2019   #5
Edgewater, Colorado
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creek boat

I would recommend a Jackson Zen S, 2015 or newer. Ii's called a river runner, but I've done plenty of class 5 creekin' in it. It's faster,lighter, and surfs better than creek boat.
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Old 04-16-2019   #6
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I'm a big fan of the Pyranha Burn III for the type of paddling it sounds like you do. Very stable and quick, plus the edges make it snappy and predictable.
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Old 04-18-2019   #7
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I really like my Burn. It's a Gen II S (equivalent to the Gen III M). I tried the Gen II M and it was just too much boat, despite recommendations from multiple friends to get the bigger boat. I've been paddling for 45+ years, 150 lbs, and about 5' 10" so I suspect very similar. But I'll always have an RPM in the stable too - it's WAY more fun on most Cl III-IV runs.
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