River runner for small paddler!

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River runner for small paddler!

Post by WeeTJ » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:18 pm

I'm looking to get a creek boat after using my clubs smallest boat (which is still too big) for the past year.

I've been using a Lil'Joe which is too big for my leg length and has needed extra foam put in. However, I still rattle around!

I'm really looking to progress my paddling skills and after a trip with a coach they have suggested the best thing for me is a boat that fits!

I'm 5ft tall and 50kg. Very very short legs!

Any recommendations?
I have sat in a small ammo but don't think that's the boat for me.

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by gp.girl » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:59 pm

Have you tried a small burn? I'm 5Ft 2 and short (28 inch inner) legged and its got enough adjustment for me. Dagger GTS might work if the foam at the front doesn't get in the way. Demo or borrow......
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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by DaveBland » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:26 pm

Immediate thought is a Nano.

Others off the cuff that may be worth demoing [and second hand] are
Jefe Chico
Small Mk 1 Burn
Old Small Mamba
Small Diesel

I know a couple of smaller paddlers that really like the small diesels.
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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by fatgarysdad » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:59 pm

If you like the lil joe and the way it performs their is a smaller version called the Trigger, my son used one until he outgrew it then got the lil joe which he is just as happy with.

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by janet brown » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:49 pm

I am 5' and weigh 55kg approx. I used to paddle a L'il Joe, and ended up absolutely hating it! They really are not a small persons kayak. I believe the Trigger is an alternative, but still not much volume.... probably going to get tail-ended a lot!!
I recommend trying a Zet Veloc. I absolutely love mine, and it is far better for rolling than the L'il Joe, Zet's are a marmite boat though: you either love them or hate them. The other one I've paddled is the Dagger Mamba 7.5: that's the older one. I had one of these for a few months to practice with prior to using one for a 9 day trip in Nepal. It was fine, but I was happy to get back to my Veloc!

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by Mark Allen » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:52 pm

Id say get a Veloc :)

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by WeeTJ » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:09 am

Thanks for the replies!

I will be checking out all those suggestions :-)

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by Poke » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:25 am

I'd say to avoid the novelty "creeking playboats" (eg. Ammo/Nano) if you're looking for a boat to run rivers (rather than play them). Although many people progressing from playboats like them as they are more familiar length-wise, they probably wouldn't do you any favours in the long term.

That said, have a think whether you want a true river boat (a-la Burn, Veloc, Jefe etc) or more of a river play boat (a-la GT, Z-one etc).

Don't worry about leg length - it's more your height in the boat and how comfortable you feel that counts. You can always build up the footrests/kneeblocks if you can't reach them.

The new Mk3 (2014) series of Burns are coming in smaller than their older counterparts. Although it's not out yet, the small burn Mk3 may well be a little smaller than the Mk2 (2010) Burn. Worth bearing in mind if you have tried the Mk2, but wanted something a little smaller.
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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by davebrads » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:15 pm

The Remix 47 was an excellent small persons boat which is now unfortunately discontinued, but worth looking out for secondhand.
it's not a playboat, it's a river runner

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by mountain_bikerider » Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:57 pm

Have you thought about a Jackson little hero or the small Jackson zen? Both of them preferred by paddlers in our club who feel too small for the small burn or diesel.

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by AS Watersports » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:26 pm

The Jackson Zen really scales down well.

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by ...Mike... » Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:42 pm

Hi, I've got this boat for sale, it is a river play boat but would suit your weight and size! http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... wn#p729115

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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by Kizzie_St-As » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:34 pm

In all honesty, don't worry that you're too small. You're not. I'm 5'3 and 55kg and paddle a small mk2 burn no bother. Just try lots of different boats. The Mk3 burn in medium is right for my size, so don't necessarily assume you'll need the smallest boat in a range.
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Re: River runner for small paddler!

Post by Wadhamite » Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:56 am

I would plug the Jackson Zen, mainly because it comes in three sizes. The Wavesport Diesel will still be too big for you (and it ways a fricking ton!) - it's too big for me, and I'm three inches taller...
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