Nomad size... etc.
I'm 6' and 160 lbs w/o paddling gear.
I've been paddling an '06 nomad 8.1 for two seasons. I'm really happy with most of it. My two complaints are (no surprise):
1. Flip switch system (actually the real problem is the backband straps slip at the backband when I flex and push for a boof)
2. back deck access
I know the newer nomads have better access to the back deck so I should be good with anything newer. I also know the '10 models go to the ratchet system. I think I've seen photos of an '09 with the ratchet system, but wasn't sure (could have been a demo boat etc.). Can someone clarify what year they switched to the ratchet.
Also, I'm on the weight range cusp and wondering what the recommendations would be, should I stick with the smaller 8.1 or go up to the 8.5.
We are planning on doing a couple of self-support trips for next summer (nothing crazy), but mostly just looking to keep creeking in the -V/V range in Colorado.
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