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How fat is too fat for the jefe chico. I've heard 160 lbs is the top? Is the chico still a viable boat or is it dated. I hear good things about the regular jefe. Is the chico something that a 170lbs 5'7" guy could boss around?? Or is that a reach. I was wondering what the buzzards thought. Thanks in advance.
 

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My wife one and going from a mamba to a Chico she said it felt like she had no control and it just kept plowing in whatever direction the boat was pointed. It seemed to favor people on the lighter end of the weight range. She quickly switched back to the mamba
 

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I don't think I would recommend the chico for anyone over 140 lbs. Even then there are some other boats that might be more worth it. I love my Jefe too, but might go grande next time I'm in the market. I'm 170 for reference.
 

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How fat is too fat for the jefe chico. I've heard 160 lbs is the top? Is the chico still a viable boat or is it dated. I hear good things about the regular jefe. Is the chico something that a 170lbs 5'7" guy could boss around?? Or is that a reach. I was wondering what the buzzards thought. Thanks in advance.
At your size, you have two much better choices. Either find a used Villain S or buy a Karma M. IMHO, they are the two best boats ever made.
 

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At your size, you have two much better choices. Either find a used Villain S or buy a Karma M. IMHO, they are the two best boats ever made.

...and to me the karma feels like a vessel not a kayak. Absolutely hated it.



My point is you should demo a bunch. My list would be and not in this order:

Karma
Mamba
Stomper
Burn
Remix
Recon


For a creek boat in my experience it's much better to be at the very bottom of the weight range than the top.
 

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My point is you should demo a bunch.


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I would sure like to demo. But I live in the land of NO demos! I'd have to dive 5 hours just to lay my eyes on some of these new boats. I'm near Spokane WA and there are only 2 boats for sale. A karma lg and a fuse 48. It totally sucks. Nobody represents in my neck of the woods.

PS. I just left the diesel 80 because it was just too big. I fear the same about the karma md. I was thinking karma sm or zen 65??

Thanks I wont even waste my time with the chico
 

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Nonsense!

I learned on a Chico and still have it....and I'm 5'10" and 200#. Love the boat--super responsive for sure. It's got smooth primary and secondary, which can make it a challenge for beginners, but for a used boat, I could have not picked a better boat to start in.
 
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