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Old 12-23-2011   #1
 
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son, myself, and friend getting our first kayaks! friend is 290 lbs, what kayak fits

Ok, so myself, my son (who is almost 9) and a friend of mine have all started researching and looking into buying our first WW kayaks and getting into the sport! My son and I have just started a ww kayak class that's being taught at our local ymca pool during the winter months on Wed. nights. My friend can't take the class with us because of work. Anyways, i've been researching boats a lot online lately and think i'm gonna buy LL remix kayaks for my son and me. My friend on the other hand is having a very hard time finding a boat that will fit him. He is 6'2 and 290 lbs. We are wanting river runner type boats since we are just starting out and probably gonna take a couple years of learning before we build up to tring some class 4/5 creek stuff. What boat do you guys recommend for my 290 lb friend?

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Old 12-24-2011   #2
 
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The Remix is made in 3 sizes 59, 69 & 79. The 79 is rated up to 280 lbs...

Check out this sizing chart by Colorado Kayak Supply, Kayaks, Kayak Accessories, Gear, Fishing Equipment, Kayaking Accessory

Chart: Sizing Chart

It has all the sizing information for all the current models of Dagger, Jackson, Liquidlogic, Pyranha, Wavesport and Bliss Stick kayaks.

The Remix is a great boat for what you are looking to do, but you may want to consider something that is a little smaller, like a Jackson Fun. It is still a very beginner friendly boat, but will give you the option to surf waves and learn freestyle moves as well. IMO learning in a playboat will improve your skills faster.
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Jefe grand or a Jackson super hero could possibly work for your friend.

Since you're shelling out the bucks for new kayaks, I'd recommend waiting to do a few runs next year, and renting/demoing a few different styles of boats so you can find out what you really want.

Nothing worse than shelling out $2k and figuring out a couple months later that you'd rather have a free runner style boat than a river runner style boat since you'd really like to do more surfing at your local hole/wave.
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Old 12-24-2011   #4
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My opinion is that the jefe grande wont be big enough. Super hero, Pyranha Everest would be my choices.
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Anyone have input on LL remix xp10 as white water boat
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Anyone have input on LL remix xp10 as white water boat
Can't say much about the xp10. I have an xp9 and love it.
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I recommend a nutrition program and a membership at a crossfit gym. I am serious. At 6'2" and 290 I gotta say kayaking will be tough to learn.
Before all the skinny people jump on me let me be clear..... I have put on 20lbs since I started and have had a hard time rolling a creek boat or river run Ed with this thing in front of me.
But used boats when the time comes and turn you search away from this site and look at Boatertalk. A forum focused on the southeast US.
And get your friend on a program. I did and have never been stronger or felt better.
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yea 6.2 and 290lbs is really big he needs to shed some weight to be efficient at the sport
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Tell your friend not to worry, he can still enjoy whitewater. 290 seems to be a tad under average for commercial rafting clientele...
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Jeez guys, its Christmas.....so what the guy could lose a few pounds. There is a boat out there that he can get and enjoy the water.
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