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Old 02-01-2018   #1
 
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Waka O.G.

Any larger guys 195-215 have any feedback on the waka og? I found the gangsta to be a little small especially with overnight gear. Looking at the rocker profile of the go it appears that it might handle a little better loaded down or for paddlers 200+lbs.

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Old 02-01-2018   #2
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I'd be wary of O.G.
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I'd consider a high float PFD, or maybe one with the Buoyancy insert added to the front, if you go with the OG. Basically, water displacement is what your after.
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?. Where talking boat performance not pfd's.
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Sorry Kayker13.
A bit of dry humor off of what ksc posted.
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My buddy has one, he is coming from a large karma, after time felt the karma was too big for him. Went to a medium karma and wanted more performance.

Then he bought a medium nirvana, wasn’t sold on that and thought he’d do better in a waka OG.

His first impressions were that it was larger than a medium nirvana, smaller than a large nirvana in deck height and width.

He says it’s shorter than a nirvana, plenty of volume, his guess is a strong 90 gallons.

Says there is tons of room for gear and himself as well.

He is under 200 a bit, I’ll see if he has time to post.

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I have a friend who is over 200 lbs and bought one recently. He couldn't fit into the boat at first, but after shaving off some of the thigh braces and some other modifications, he is in love with the boat. He says it floats over everything, and goes exactly where he wants it.
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Old 02-06-2018   #8
 
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I have a friend who is over 200 lbs and bought one recently. He couldn't fit into the boat at first, but after shaving off some of the thigh braces and some other modifications, he is in love with the boat. He says it floats over everything, and goes exactly where he wants it.
I bought a Stout (smaller version of the OG) and this has been exactly my experience. I'm really loving it on NFP ~1000-1100 so far. Much better performance than my remix 69. Great boats!
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i wanna hear more about that Waka Stout....
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I have the OG and I'm 6'3'' at 220 lbs. Seems fine at my weight, but I think it would be slightly better if i was closer to 200 (so I'm currently on the treadmill/row machine..). I'm assuming that around 230lbs would probably be at the top end while still performing adequately (but this is probably a personal preference). if you are 200lbs and loading 20lbs you should be good. if you are 220lbs and loading 20lbs it might be a bit much.

Size wise I'd consider it similar, or possibly slightly larger than the 9rL or Burn XL. Not sure how to compare it to the gangsta as i haven't paddles it, but i assume the OG performs with weight a bit better, and probably has less unwanted stern hookups etc.

If you like chines, and semi planning hulls you will like the OG, it carves down the river similar to a burn, but with bow rocker to plow over stuff. Performance wise, it's really one of the best all around big boats I've paddled.
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