you weigh 185? I guess you are tall so it makes sense. The 79 is fine at that weight (same as me). If you are looking for one boat to creek, river run and do expeditions (e.g. cali multi-days) you might want to think about the flying squirrel 95. The remix is sweet around here and on gore but when loaded with expedition stuff I would rather have the extra volume in the deck they put on the squirrel.
No Kevin it was not warrantied, I am the 3rd owner and it is a hull from 2008. I was just only one of the owners that paddled it like it was meant to be paddled (read: not on a lake or flatwater). It served me well for 2 CC highwater seasons, a full Bailey season and 2 seasons of safety boating on the Ark before it cracked
I'm 175# and paddled 69 for a year. If I missed a boof the lack of volume was noticeable either by sub-ing out and losing down river speed or back enders on the super scoop. It's a really fun river runner but I don't know if it's really the greatest creeker. Personally I think more rocker and volume is safer in pinny type situations. Never paddled a 79 but they are clearly the more popular size.
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