I fit the CR125, not the 250 but here's my take on the CR's. I was in the market for a river running playboat this year and narrowed it down to a CR125 and the EZG50. I demoed both and hated the CR and loved the EZG. I demoed the CR125 on upper rustic and felt that in trying to make a jack of all trades they ended up with a boat that did nothing well. Not only is it too big to play well, but it actually made river running more difficult as well. I found myself bracing constantly when I was trying to set up for something. The outfitting is great and the boat is unbelievably comfortable. Another nice thing is I've never been in a drier boat in my life.
The EZG50 on the other hand is absolutely amazing. I came from an EZ so maybe I'm just more use to how wavesports handle. Not only is the EZG a way better player than the CR but it is a way better river runner too. It's not nearly as comfortable as the CR but way more comfortable than my old EZ (which is the main reason I got rid of the EZ). The main thing though is how well the EZG river runs though. I took mine down Pine Creek at 1500 (IV+/V-) and Gore at 1200 (V-). I was amazed how well it handled these runs. While I was having trouble on Upper Rustic (III+) in the CR, the EZG just styled these runs. I have normally spent 95% of my time in my creekboat but with the EZG I'm going to be doing more larger volume IV+/V-/V runs in the EZG.
My advice, demo both the CR and EZG before settling on the CR250.
The EZG50 is a great boat, but I would also try the Jackson fun series I paddle a Jackson Fun and love it. It plays great and runs river well. I think the CR is too big for play I thought it was a great river runner but thats about it. Give the Jackson boats a try you'll love it if your looking for a riverrunning, playboat.
I own a CR250 and I do think it's a great boat, but I'm not an expert paddler by any stretch. I have yet to get my playboating skill where I can do anything but stay upright and up-river.
As for river running, I thought the CR250 did a good job, but I did come to the realization that I need to drop 20 pounds to get it to be an ideal river runner. I'm 6'3" and 240 at season's end.
I think the boat braces incredibly well - my brace came a long, long, LONG way after getting used to the CR250. I think the only reason it squirted so much on me was my back-end weight, but I did pretty well in for a second season guy.
Next year I plan to move up to Class IV, and when I do, I do plan to have an actual river runner. But for runs I know well and for the Pueblo Playpark, I'm quite happy with the CR250.
LOVE my CR250........I ran just about everything in it this year and felt great, extremely comfortable (which was one of my primary goals). I couldn't fit into a 125. I was considering an EZG 60, but once I tried the CR, I was sold. The EZG wasn't going to be nearly as comfortable for me (6'2, 220, 12). Plus, I heard of and witnessed too many problems with the EZG's. I love the play of the CR, never really felt labored to do anything. Flat-water cartwheels have to be a little more precise, however.
Love the CR250........punched some beefy holes, surfed and played my ass off. All the while VERY comfy.
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