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My Kayak Comparison Chart (River runners/creekers & Playboat categories)

This will be an ongoing chart where I compare boats i've paddled to each other along some common categories. I'll try and maintain this as best as I can! This is a list for river running, up to class IV, and I've used to determine what boat I want to get into when I think I'm going paddling at my maximum skill. I tend to get in smaller more fun boats when I'm more in my comfort zone!

River Running Kayak Chart

Five Speed Transmission

When I first got the Corvette, I often wondered just what the heck I'd do with it. What do you do with a muscle car exactly? I thought about autocross or drag racing and all that other silly non-sense, but in the end it settled into just being a really fun vehicle to take on roadtrips. Unfortunately, as I began to take the Corvette on road trips I quickly discovered a major shortcoming of having 400+hp monster with sidepipes and a 4 speed transmission... this sucker is LOUD. It spins 3,000 rpm @ 70mph.

Day at the range, accurately shooting from a bench rest (and in general).

I picked up an "assault rifle" in 308/7.62nato, an Adams Arms SF308 patrol enhanced specifically. I'd been eyeing one for quite some time, but the price combined with political urgency never really lined up. Finally a manufacturer I love (very truly innovative technology at great prices) came forward with an amazing firearm, and the political urgency is there (Clinton will win, she dislikes firearms, plus Oregon/Washington is going anti-gun) so I picked it up. Shortly thereafter, I went shooting at the local gun range.

Dagger Kingpin 6.3/6.2/6.1

This article is a work in progress. Better photos, supporting documents, and complete information to come.

2016 Jackson Rockstar Review

I've tried a LOT of playboats. I've hunted high and low trying to find what works best for me. One of the cool things about kayaking is that the equipment does make a notable difference. A lot of egomaniacs will try and go "rah rah rah it's not the boat it's the paddler!" and then promptly not be able to roll over an inflatable kayak because that shit just ain't true! The dynamics of a boat can be notably different.

2015/2016 Winter Progress

Unfortunately for me, the winter car progress of 2015/2016 started off with a bang. Okay, more of a knocking. I went out to the Beach Barons Rod Run in Longbeach Wa with my Girlfriend. While out there, the car developed a faint tinging sound under acceleration. Metal on metal, it sounded like my fan had come loose. Not something beyond the realm of possibility for this car. Unfortunately, tightening up the fan bolts did nothing and the knocking became deafening under acceleration. Alas, I had rod knock.

Wavesport Project X 64

I love kayaking. I enjoy getting out on the river. Heck even when my day doesn't go right I just relax and soak in the place kayaking took me. I really enjoy screwing around kayaking as well. Boofing rocks, ripping into eddies, stern squirts, cartwheels when I can pull them off... I love playing around and just having a hoot with kayaking. It fills me with joy, gets my adrenaline needs out of the way, and helps me reset from the drag of the work week. So, when I tell you I want to take this boat into my back yard and shoot it full of holes...

Jackson Karma (Large)

Short version: In paddling, I'm a big fan of having a boat to make hard stuff easier, and a boat to make easy stuff harder. Between the two boats, you will always be challenge. The karma is my boat to make hard stuff easier. It's also my girlfriends, and the majority of our crews favorite boat.

2015 Jackson Kayak Zen (large)

Jackson Kayak Zen ontop of my Subaru Impreza

Current Overall Impression: I've sold this boat and have found other boats more enjoyable. See more about why below!

Reasons why I'm over this boat: A friend was selling a large jackson Karma. I figured I'd give it a try, and I found the boat a better fit for my paddling. People with no clue why will say it's an easier boat for beginners cause it's less edgy and more volume blah blah... except that's not why I prefer the boat.


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