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Old 05-28-2010   #1
Broomfield, Colorado
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New Creeker

I am paddling an Embudo right now but just feel like it is not quite enough volume. I fluctuate between 190-200lbs. Any recommendations for a new creeker?

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Old 05-28-2010   #2
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Nomad 8.5 or Jefe Grande

I'm in a Nomad 8.5 and it is awesome, but I'm smaller than you. My buddy runs the Grande and is about your size, he loves it.
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Old 05-28-2010   #3
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If you're buying new get the JK Villain. If used, then many are worthy: Habitat, Rocker Jefe, Nomad.
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Old 05-28-2010   #4
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Fluid is coming out with a new boat. It's called Detox, a creeker with a play boat bottom. Looks like a very versatile boat. Problem is, I have called around and can't find one to demo. Fluid also has the solo which is a dedicated creeker. The guys that paddle them and I have talked to love em. Just me 2 cents.
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Old 05-28-2010   #5
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Jefe Grande,

you just can't go wrong. If you aren't paddling really steep creeks you should try the Remix 69 or 79. I have paddled the Jefe Grande for 3 years now and i'm in love. But, that said, I've grabbed the Remix 69 the past couple trips down Gilman Canyon and been smiles the whole time. I am 6' 185lbs
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Old 05-28-2010   #6
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I know two guys in your weight range that don't think the nomad 8.5 is big enough. I also know a few guys in my weight range (175) that love it. Jefe grande and the Villain are both a bit bigger.
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Old 06-01-2010   #7
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If you want a dedicated creeker the Solo is the one and like LineDawg says, everybody that paddles a Solo is very happy with the kayak. For you I would suggest the Medium. The Detox is very popular and the first shipment was sold out even before we loaded the container. If you want more of an all rounder the Detox would be the perfect choice. The next shipment, with the Detox, will leave us 3 June.

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Old 06-01-2010   #8
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i really like my solo. i paddle a large and am 170 pounds plus gear. probably could have gone medium but i didnt and am happy with my decision. i dont love my boats because they get to be like girlfriends, they break at times. get a solo you wont be disappointed.

ps they are on the heavy side.
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Old 06-01-2010   #9
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I'm in the same weight range. Just got a JK villain, and I love it. Great performance, super comfy, great warranty.

Nomad 8.5 would be good too. Classic creeking hull design that gets the job done. Plastic and warranties were not up to par for me, so I said goodbye to my beloved nomads last season.

Grande is the other standard big creeker choice. I think the grandes are tippy and don't perform as well on the water as the nomad and the villain. Just my two cents... Badasses are getting it done in the grandes, but it wasn't the right boat for me.

Never paddled the solo, but the L looks a bit small for a 200 lb guy.

Lots of good creekboat options on the market for your weight range.
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Old 06-01-2010   #10
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I am in your weight range and used to paddle an Embudo as well. I got into a large Burn and love it.
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