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Old 03-20-2011   #1
 
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What's a good beginner kayak?

Hello -

I've paddled for a while now, mainly open boats, canoe's and rafts - I live in Grand Junction, CO - so I have access to a wide variety of water - I'm finding myself more and more curious to try kayaking - I would love any feedback on good beginner schools and what boat would be a good all around starter for me. I'm about 6' and 175 lbs. Thanks!

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That really depends on what sort of boating you are planning on doing. Are you looking at purely downriver, or do you want to play some too while you're at it?
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I think more down river then play
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Go for a boat that's 7.5 feet or longer that's designed as a river runner. look at the classified adds on this site and other places and see what boats are available used in your area. Then start researching the different designs on the internet. Once you have a couple of options in mind, come back and we'll be able to give specific advice.
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The Dagger Mamba series is a very good learning boat that can take you into fairly advanced territory as well.
You'd fall between the 8.0 and 8.5 versions.
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The Remix and Mamba are certainly good suggestions..

But my vote is for the Jackson Hero (or Super Hero) because it is maybe the easiest whitewater boat to roll and it might also be the most stable.

Great outfitting and the best warranty in the business make it my boat for the best beginner kayak.
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Haven't seen this post before... Anyway for the sake that I am bored as all hell sitting in class I'll throw in my 2 cents. I would recommend a Jackson Fun or Hero. Or if you can get your hands on a used jackson rocker, there isn't a more forgiving, confidence building boat out there.
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