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Old 09-02-2011   #1
 
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Stomper: real world feedback?

Now that there are a few production Stomper's in circulation does anyone have feedback about how they paddle?

The early marketing buzz/videos make it sound like a dream but guy at CKS a few weeks ago reminded that in real world highly anticipated boats sometimes disappoint.

Looking for a replacement for a 1st gen Diesel. Mostly for high water Numbers, Black Rock, low water Gore runs

Almost pulled trigger on a Villan but wondered if Stomper might have faster hull speed.

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2 CKS employee's have pulled the trigger on the boat (one 80 and one 90) after paddling them. Our 90 demo has been going out every single night after work for staff Pine Creek / Numbers. We have a real world shop review coming soon.
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Call and ask for Gordon - he's got one and has paddled it a bunch for the short time he's had it. Eric and Erin in the retail store also have paddle them a bunch. All of those guys can give you the plusses and draw backs of Stomper vs. Villain - Burn - Nomad, etc....
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Some of my buds absolutely love it here in Idaho for running rivers (IV, V+).
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Also, insofar as measurables go:

Villain - Vol: 92.5, Length: 8'8" Width: 27" Weight: 45lbs Height: 15'5"
Stomp- Vol: 90.0 Length: 8'5" Width: 27" Weight: 49lbs Height: ---

There are very similar, more so than a Remix and Villain. A Burn is a lot different too. The Jefe is close, but the hull is obviously different. The new Pyranha Shiva is close to the Villain and Stomper...
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I've gotten out in the 90 a few times in the past few days and am really impressed with the way the boat feels. LL did a great job of balancing boat length and hull speed with a rocker profile that allows you to stay on top of the water as well as turn quickly. The Stomper paddles like a much shorter boat, but has a ton of hull speed. The stern on boat is raised above the cockpit and seems to 'spit' you out the backside holes and give you stability in the boogey water after drops. I wouldn't recommend the boat for people who are looking to paddle Class III (the Remix is awesome for that), but for someone paddling Class IV and up will love the boat!
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has anyone thought of putting padding under the seat to raise you up? does the boat feel like it needs it i.e. are you feeling like you sitting low "inside" the boat?
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LL made the boat so the paddler would sit lower, increasing balance, but you can add padding under the Badass outfitting if you want to sit up higher. Getting the foam under the seat is kinda difficult without removing the plastic grommets, but you can get access if you fold the hip pads down and slowly shove foam under the covering. A little foam goes a long way.
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LL makes a lift kit foam piece that is fitted to go under the BA outfitting. It includes new, longer christmas tree rivets to accommodate the height. But, if you wanted to do something yourself, you could fit a piece of your own foam and buy new rivets at any automotive store- same rivets that hold door panels on- it is very easy
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I wouldn't recommend the boat for people who are looking to paddle Class III (the Remix is awesome for that), but for someone paddling Class IV and up will love the boat!
That's interesting...as you have paddled both, what can you das about Remix vs. Stomper?

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