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Old 05-26-2016   #1
 
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R1 weapon of choice

I see a lot of people killing it R1 in paddle cats, is there an advantage in paddle cat over mini/mini max style (round)boats? I'd like people to weigh in on the different boats for a solo paddler.


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Old 05-26-2016   #2
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I've only done limited r1 is my mid sized boat. It is really hard with a longer boat. Have had fun. Have not done any in a mini-x boat.
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I have R-1ed a paddle cat for many years on lots of rivers,(Gilman Gorge, Arkansas, Clear Creek, Bailey, South Boulder Creek, Upper Yough etc) I have not R-1ed round boats much though so I cannot give you much of a comparison between the two.

With that said I like the paddle cat since your weight is on a single tube which I think tracks great and is pretty fast, also on tighter more technical sections you can straddle rocks or even lift up the unweighted tube to slide through narrow slots.

If you do decide on a paddle cat then you need to determine which one is best for you, as there are many to choose from now.

Shredder- the original, great design, light weight great for air travel, lighter material not great for western sharp rock

Hyside- Looks like a good design more durable than shredder

Aire- looks like a good design, bit heavier than the rest which makes portages or hike in hike out sections harder

RMR- have not seen it yet

Culebra- I personally do not like the design of it, the floor is higher giving less room to brace yourself in and it seems to flip easier than the others.
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Old 05-27-2016   #4
 
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ThankYou stinginrivers. This is the kinda feedback I'm looking for. Gilman Gorge eh?! You sir are badass. Brendodendo I agree, longer boats are tricky to r1.


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I really want to get an oar frame for my mini max. Id imagine its a blast.
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I really want to get an oar frame for my mini max. Id imagine its a blast.
If you're weak. Rowing is for pussies. R1 is where it's at. I usually R1 the Grand in a 20' Shredder.

I like to R1 a "round" raft between 11 and 13 feet long. Any smaller and I'd prefer a paddle cat, as they tend to spin less. The best R1 paddlers I've seen have been in 13 and 14 foot rafts but I've never enjoyed that - it's a lot of work!
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I R-1'd 13' and 14' rafts for years, back when I was river guide, problem was, they were full of people!!
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