Into the second white water season after a long time away from the river, I started searching for my first white water kayak in a long while. I would prefer a used one for a start.
Of the boats I tried, the best so far is the Dagger Juice 6.9. But I haven’t seen it too often on the classifed list yet. (it being a relatively new boat?) So I started to think what would be the alternatives that have similar characteristic?
Because I’m only 115, a lot of boats are too big for me. That really cuts down on the potential lists.
- I’ve tried the Diesel and it felt like driving a truck! (Actually worse, felt like a hapless PASSENGER in a run away truck!)
- Even the GT still felt kind of vague on the water. Can’t feel the pulse of the river. (at least I felt somewhat in control though). ;o)
Why I like the Juice?
- IT FITS ME GOOD!
- I can feel every inch of the boat’s edge (bow to stern) and how it interacts with the current!
I can distinctly feel the cause and effect of what I do resulting in the boat ended up behaving. If I make a mistake, I’ll know it right away, too! ;o)
It being not exactly forgiving is in a way good for me, by forcing me to learn. I’m not doing any serious rapids, only class II & III, at this stage. (I can always get another boat if I ever do big waters.) Since I already have a river roll, an occasional flip or two doesn’t faze me. I really want to maximize the learning on milder river before I put my life and limb to the test of class IV’s. So I don’t care for a boat that mask my mistakes and giving me false sense of security, either. (much rather get the knocking done in class II/III than class IV/V – if ever).
So, for those who had experience with the Juice, what else comes close? For those who hasn’t, what’s on the list of small volume boats for aggresive learner?