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Old 06-28-2015   #1
 
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River isup for 200#er

What's the best (stable) river isup for someone 200 lbs (without gear) for class II-III river running. I've been yaking for years and would like to start over with a sup. Been looking at; Astro Stream, Whopper Deluxe, Flow, and Atcha. Wondering which would offer the most stability in rapids.

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Old 06-28-2015   #2
 
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Look at the Badfish. It has side chambers that are rounded thus making it very stable. My kids use it on class 2 rapids and have never flipped. I have only used it on a lake and it is way more stable than our NRS Big Earl, both same length.
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Old 06-29-2015   #3
 
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I would look at the Halla, they are super stiff and stable. I have tried the Atcha, Hoss and Fame and they are all worth checking out. Starboard Astro Whopper is good too (what I have) but mine is only 4" thick and you will definitely want a 6" board. Also been having a lot of trouble with Starboard's pump and they are not easy to contact...

Also, as mentioned above the Badfish MCIT is very stable.
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Old 06-29-2015   #4
 
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Hala! I have been on most of there boards, have owned the atcha, and looking at getting a Nass from them. They are well constructed, do awesome in river, and are a local colorado company. Peter the owner is a really nice guy too.

I was not a fan of MCIT because once you get one of the side chambers submerged it just drops the entire board. Only used ones, so not a good enough test.

I know you want an iSUP but my plastic Streetfighter is super stable and its almost too easy in harder water.
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Go demo some Hala boards! They're based out of Steamboat so it should be easy to try those out. Make a trip down to CKS and demo the Stream and MCIT. Best way to find out what's going to work for you is to get on as many boards as you can.
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Similar size as you and have demoed a handful of boards. Really like the Astro Super Whopper Deluxe. Its kind of a jack of all trades can run whitewater, surf, and cruz the lakes. Just go to a local shop and demo the ones you are interested in. A lot of place will put the demo fee towards the purchase of a new board.
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Old 06-29-2015   #7
 
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Jackson or Shaboomee

Just went down this road, but I run about 2 fiddy #. Jackson makes a super charger that looks perfect for running rapids. Looked at the supernatural as well. They aren't inflatable so that means heavy. Made from same material as their kayaks so durable. Buddy of mine bought a shaboomee, new company out of carbondale, and it is legit. Just like the badfish but half the cost. They also have a twin board model that I've seen on the roaring fork quite a bit. I ended up getting a tower board from amazon as my starter. Great floater but not super stable. it carries my big a$$ plus my dog just fine. I will grab a shaboomee for my second board.
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Just went down this road, but I run about 2 fiddy #. Jackson makes a super charger that looks perfect for running rapids. Looked at the supernatural as well. They aren't inflatable so that means heavy. Made from same material as their kayaks so durable. Buddy of mine bought a shaboomee, new company out of carbondale, and it is legit. Just like the badfish but half the cost. They also have a twin board model that I've seen on the roaring fork quite a bit. I ended up getting a tower board from amazon as my starter. Great floater but not super stable. it carries my big a$$ plus my dog just fine. I will grab a shaboomee for my second board.
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Old 07-03-2015   #9
 
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Thanks for all the replies.
Took the Atcha down the upper Colorado. Was tons of fun. 1st time on the river with a sup so it took a little while to get my balance dialed. Board was fairly stable for me, a bit challenging with a 75# dog thru the rapids, but we had some success.
After today I'm thinking I would enjoy a bigger board. The dog loves it and a bigger board would be better with him on for sure. Also I think more length would be better in the wave trains. Saw quite a few Hoss Bt and Fame boards out there with dogs and they looked good. I think for pure river running bigger is better. Would also like to try the Rivershred, although the Hoss is next since I'm in Steamboat.
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For smaller more techical water you will want something in the 9' range but if you are doing upper c mostly a bigger board is ok. Atcha, rivershred, streetfighter, astro are all 9'ish for a reason. Easier to pivot turn and hit smaller eddies.


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