Originally Posted by seedubs1
can a FUN take on bigger stuff (class iv+)?
The short answer is yes, but most kayakers do not make their first descents on Class IV runs in a playboat. If you do it at all, it's usually reserved for runs you've mastered, and just want to squeeze more fun out of. I rarely ever see playboats on Class IV when I run it, and I'm in no hurry to run Class IV in a playboat. In this case, playboat refers to any boat that is good at stern/bow squirts, cartwheels, etc (any boat can surf).
Most kayakers that like both river-running/creeking (Class IV) and playboating, end up with at least two boats: a dedicated creek boat, and a playboat.
With that said, I'd start with the creek boat or river-runner (like the Remix or Hero line-up). So you don't slow your lady down on the rivers, and so on. Given the option, it's better for you and your paddling partner to have matched boats for a given run.
I plug Prijon Pures (but not all Prijons) because me and two of my paddling friends love them. One of said friends has been at this sport for ages and is a Class V boater (at least when he was younger). They both say it's the easiest boat they've rolled. Although I have less time on the river, I have to agree they are incredibly easy to roll. I could hand-roll in the Pure all day and I can't say the same for my playboats. Being full-on creek boats, they are high volume and heavy. Also, the "High Performance Thermoplast" (HTP)
they're made out of is probably the strongest plastic out of the current plastic kayaks offered on the market; that was what finally won me over; I shouldn't have to replace my Prijon for ages, given how strongly they're built.
Anyway, do your research, of course. Lots of discussion on their plastic, the Pure, etc.