Anyone out there who paddles and Agent have any problems with their outfitting? I demoed one the other day and the back band kept coming loose. I like the boat but it was driving me nuts. Anyone change the backband on their agent?
What do you mean? Is this one of the earlier ones made? Was the webbing actually slipping? I did like the boat, I was thinking of how to retro fit it with a rachet system from my LL. I would really like to buy this boat but how do I fix the outfitting?
I've been in a 6.4 Agent all summer. It's been a sweet boat. I athletic taped the webbing right around the buckle thing (technical term) so it wouldn't slip. After a couple months it finally slipped but anyway it's a relatively easy problem to mitigate. Also props on the water-tightness of the thing, big improvement over years past. The Agent rocks.
not sure what the deal was in the early agent outfitting, but whatever they did they definitely got it right -- I've *never* had a backband work so well for me. I've not had the boat long, but i've tossed it around on all kinds of waves/holes/etc and have been thoroughly impressed with the outfitting (esp the backband system) in that thing. Not once did i roll up with my ass sitting on a flattened out backband ready to auto eject out of the boat.
If you liked the boat w/exception of that early outfitting problem I'd compltely recommend getting it and scratching the idea of any retrofixt backband. If the shop(s) you demoed from don't have boat with this backband fix and you'd like to try one that does, drop me a pm and come by the golden park before the waters completely gone.
Yea i just bought an Agent 6.2 and find that the left backband keeps coming loose and the right one stays super tight in one spot and move around if its not in that spot.
Also could anyone explain how the foot foam works for this boat. Do you cut the large one to size or is it something to do with the smaller peices?
I retro-fitted my setup a few weeks ago and it works great (thanks Ryan for the idea). I ended up getting rid of those metal lever things and replaced them with some ratcheting straps (wavesport?), real easy fit. I then used some webbing I had from my climbing days (I'm too fat now) and replaced the crap Dagger used that went around the backrest. This stap is double webbing from REI (forget the name) and it does not slip at all. So now I have a ratcheting setup like my LL CR125. The straps stick out about an inch from the sides but I have had no probs with it. No drilling either, the ratchets fit in the pre-existing holes from the lever thing.
I was originally going to try and fit the Jackson setup (backrest and rope thing) I think this would work well too, and look cleaner. I decided to go the cheaper route.
I didn't cut the foot foam. I just placed the thin wedges behind the softer foam and used the strap to keep them together. The softer foam (weird shape thing) sort of wraps around my toes a bit. I am using the foam cone from my Liquid Logic though, which helps keep my heels off the plastic. Horrible description but its the best I can do.
After my first couple trips in the beginning of the year I took out the plastic piece that was used for the back band to hold the straps, and took 2 of the buckles?, releases?, cams?, whatever you want to call them, from some old tie down straps, tied them together with parachute cord and use that. Back band never slipped again and never had any problems with the rest of the original outfitting.
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