good thing i bought a jefe........The bad plastic argument can be used on any boat.
I dented a habitat on a light hit, first use. I have seen rockers basically collapse from cracking. I only know a few people that haven't cracked burns they bought in the past year.
Basically, cooking boats is tough, plastic weakens depending on the temp it is cooked at and speed it is cooled at etc. This, combined with inherent structural weaknesses in all the hulls makes a truly strong boat difficult to find from ay company.
Also, keep in mind that boat companies are trying to make light boats because consumers don't want to carry something that weighs a ton.
Combine this with the fact that we take these boats on difficult, steep runs, means that any boat you buy is likely to have a short life span.
That said, my Magnum has held up better than my Habitat or my Rocker did.
Eljim- I believe that both of the Riot models you mentioned are from several years ago, right before/during the time when the company changed hands.