I recommend the Jackson Rocker
Boofs great and great for tight steep creeks
Does not track as well as some others and takes practice to make it snap into eddies
Here comes the onslaught of opinions
Judging from your earlier post I assume you really just want a good stable river running boat. I love the Jackson line in general, but if you are just looking to get into easier water and introduce the kids to it, you don't need a true creek boat. Unless cost is not a concern, I'd be looking at the larger volume play and river running boats in the used market. Nothing wrong with a creek boat, but unless you are on steeper, tighter stuff, other boats tend to be more fun to paddle.
just had the huck stolen.. got a habitat,, great boat .. you can load it up and still paddles good.. just saw the new jeffe's and with the couch in there it looks like you can't get anything in the back!!
Yeah they tweaked the outfitting in it...real comfy but it seems like you can't pull the backband up and out like you used to. All that padding pulls out though and with it all the way back you have decent access. Comes in 3 sizes this year to...the smaller one could be fun for real tight stuff
I have had so many creek boats its hard for me to remember them all. Perception Overflow,WS Extreme, NW Mongoose, Pyranha 240, WS Descente, Riot BigGun, Perception Phat, Dagger Nomad plus a few others I probably don't recall on top of the half dozen I paddled for a day or two. I currently own a Jefe (old outfitting and yes it is hard to put stuff in the back. That said the Jefe is hands down the best creek boat I have ever had. It surfaces so quickly. You can miss a boof entirely and still not plug. Snaps into eddies and primary/secondary stabilty is great. You really can't go wrong unless you're looking for an strickly overnight/expedition boat, or you are very small or very large. oh and the plastic is B-29 tough. Have fun choosing.
Prijon Rockit- got my first one in '96, paddled it for 10 hard years, and given that I paid under $500 for it when it came out, I probably paid about a buck a day to paddle it. Got a replacement for $125, and probably could have gotten it cheaper. It handles really well, you can store an ass-load of stuff in the back (no center wall), and nobody's gonna steal it.
The outfitting does benefit from some tweaking, but $50 in foam, glue and a file is nothing compared to what you'll pay for a "modern" boat, and just how long are the Jefes and Burns and Rockers lasting? Not long enough in my book
-Mr. Old School
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