Post by Kevin Ferguson on Mar 15, 2019 12:26:33 GMT -5
I'm fairly new to kayaking and I'd like to start paddling some creeks and easy rivers. I'd like some advice on which kayak I should look at buying and possible places to go. I may work up to the bigger water later but for now I'll start with slower stuff. But I really don't like completely flat water. I own a axis dagger 12' now. Thanks for the help.
Post by Dustin Johnson on Mar 15, 2019 14:17:21 GMT -5
I'd suggest searching Craigslist and Facebook for used. Often you will find complete packages (paddle, odd, skirt, boat) for sale much, much cheaper than buying new. What is your height/weight? For what you are describing, a river runner or creek boat would likely be the best choice and any relatively modern design by Jackson, Dagger, Wavesport, Liquid Logic, Pyrahna will work fine if you fit properly.
Post by Ken Jordan on Mar 15, 2019 14:19:41 GMT -5
Ace in Fayetteville, Whitewater warehouse in Dayton OH, and Rocky Mountain Kayaks in Stanton PA. are all great shops and can help you out. ACE has a outstanding demo program for WVWA members. Mamba is my boat of choice, It's stable, comfortable, and forgiving. Lots of other good choices out there. I recommend you demo several boats and pick your favorite,
Post by Ken Jordan on Mar 17, 2019 10:35:23 GMT -5
FYI, Rocky Mountain Kayaks is holding a beginning clinic on the Loyalhanna in PA March 23 and 24.. Highly recommended if you can make it. Give the store a call (724) 834-5103 to get all the details and requirements..
Post by The Stehman Family on Mar 17, 2019 21:14:26 GMT -5
Most importantly is probably your body weight to boat volume match up.too big a boat and you're bobbin like a cork, too small a boat and you're not on top enough. Used settups can be great and save money, but don't compromise on the helmet or, more importantly, the pfd. Make sure they both are too quality and fit correctly. Hope to see ya out there! Jerry