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Old 08-12-2013   #1
 
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best R2 R3 boat

Looking to get a boat to do some R2 and R3. Whats your pick and why? Thanks

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Old 08-12-2013   #2
 
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Super Puma! I've R2'd and R3'd this boat down Cherry Creek out in CA and done some milder class IV river running in it. It turns on a dime, and is narrow enough to have some punching ability with only 2-3 people in it. It may not be quite as stable laterally as some of the wider rafts, but you can't blame flips on the boat!

-Daniel
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Old 08-12-2013   #3
 
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Hyside MiniMax
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https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...x-38984-2.html

There is a photo near the top of this thread that show 3 in a minimax -- just to give you an idea of the fit.
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Old 08-12-2013   #5
 
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Sotar

Sotar makes a 10 ft raft with larger tubes than any other rafts I have seen which gives it more lateral stability. We have been taking it down Bailey canyon and it is a great boat.
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Old 08-12-2013   #6
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Some buddies R2ed a 12 foot Rocky Mtn Raft down Marsh Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon this spring. They ran Dagger no problem. Punched the hole in Velvet at 6.5 feet and had one swimmer. Flipped in Rubber, but nobodies perfect. They rocked it and I was impressed with the raft for sure. I thought we would see a lot more carnage from them.

I used to R2 a Williwaw 1 Maravia ( 13 foot ) quite a bit and had a ball in that.
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Old 08-12-2013   #7
 
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+1 for the MiniMax! We have one and have been R2ing, R3ing and R4ing that thing this summer. It's a blast. Best purchase I have made since I got into this sport.
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Rocky Mountain, baby!

Tommy B!,

Glad you are entering the world of R2ing! I am the R2er Carvedog referred to. Most likely RMR 12' will perform exceptionally on anything you run, unless you're running the nasty, like Mania (a.k.a Vallecito!!). I cannot overstate how badly I have abused my 12' RMR and she is still as good as new. Not saying I don't get a chub every time I see a MiniMax or a Super Puma, but I am 100% satisfied with me boat.

I live in Durango as well. If you want to take my boat out for a test splash shoot me a PM.

Best, Wade
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Mini-me or mini-max. Why? weight and the ability to pack into a small package.
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Old 08-12-2013   #10
 
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I have a 14'3" R Aire with frame for overnights. So i would like something to do the upper A and the pierdra. Puma or mini-max?
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