Pulled the trigger on the Ripper Large and iíve had just under a month in it. I came from the mullet and some time in a borrowed party braaap.
An aquaintance and I swapped in and out of each otherís party braaap and ripper L for a few runs on Granite Creek, a fun WY class 3+ slalomfest with lots of playrocks, splats and whippy eddy hopping.
We both turned to each other in the river and had concluded independently the ripper L & party braaap werenít better or worse than each other overall but merely different.
In my view, the braaapís strengths were its heavily rockered creeking hull profile, its snappy eddy turns, and secondary stability. The design just has so much pop and sportiness as has been covered in many other reviews.
The Ripper L is uber fast like its 9R medium cousin but worlds comfier for big guys. Iím 6í4Ē, 235. Itís a little less carvy and boofs are fun but not as easy as the braaap since it has less tail rocker. The planing hull is far more fun surfing obviously. Down river play is a toss up. I think with more time in the p. braaap Iíd understand its potential better. The Ripper large does however feel like it has a more predictable tail for stern squirts, pivot turns, and general slicey play. I find it so easy to regulate how it interacts with currents underwater where the p. braaap takes more time to learn and can be catchy.