Jackson 2Fun 2015 vs. Wavesport Fuse 48
I'd appreciate it if someone could answer a couple of questions. I'm currently looking for a boat that will allow me to run grade 2-3 and play on all the features on the way down. I'm not a particularly good paddler so a kayak that helps me learn would be really handy. Something that could be used on flatwater for practice (bow stalls, squirts etc) would be great.
I've paddled a Jackson 2Fun 2007 (2nd gen.) a couple of times and absolutely loved it even if it was a bit of a squeeze. If there was one of these available I would likely buy it. However, around here river running play boats that fit me (5'7" - 140lb) are very scarce. It looks like I may have to buy a new kayak without even the opportunity to test-paddle it first!
Both the Jackson 2Fun and Wavesport Fuse 48 look like likely candidates. I could at least sit in the Fuse to test for fit and it would be cheaper than the 2Fun. But, I do like the Jackson outfitting and have had a great time in the old model.
Does the extra volume in the 2015 2Fun greatly reduce the playability (esp. for getting vertical on flat water) over the older models? Would this make the Fuse 48 a better bet, or is the Fuse just as big? Does the fact that the Fuse is a relatively old design negatively impact it how it performs? Since I can squeeze into the old 2Fun, and the new one appears bigger, would I comfortably fit the 2015 2Fun?
A big rant but any answers (or further info) would be awesome.