Varun vs 4Fun vs Freeride- comments?
I am 6 feet, 170 pounds. I paddle mostly class III and normally paddle a Mamba 8.0, creek model. I mostly paddle in the Pacific Northwest which means log filled manky portages and often steep, slick put-ins even at popular spots. My Mamba is okay, but freakin’ HEAVY and long when you get all your stuff in there. So I have been looking at cross-over boats, although I rarely “play” outside of basic surfing. I am looking for a (mostly) river runner that is less bulky, less weight and more responsive. The Mamba may be “easy to roll” but it is a s-l-o-w roll. But I like the down river speed and the way it edges. But it is a beech to carry.
I’ve been looking at the Varun, 4Fun, and Freeride. I have paddeled a Fun (on the small side for me) and it was a slow boat. A friend with a 4Fun tells me it is the same, “dog slow” in his words. I am hoping folks here can share some thoughts on the Varun, Freeride and 4Fun. One strike against the Varun going in is that one has to shape a permanent bulkhead, which is kinda a bummer as I like to adjust that depending on footwear. The Freeride seems to be more of a play boat and so of less interest…but wadda I know?
Thanks folks for helpful advice!