Does anyone know the history of Confluence and how they ended up in South Carolina? I bought a Wilderness Systems boat up in the Greensboro area years ago from a guy who worked for them, and I'm curious as to how they ended up with Perception, Harmony, etc.
I recently tried a Nomad 8.5 to see the difference of another boat. I am 150-155ibs. I have paddled a Stomper 80 for a year and a half now, I love the Stomper, It handles well, its super stable, boofs, rolls,rides on top of the water, it is a great boat! It does want to wander a bit it bigger water, the nose wants to move from side to side just a little, nothing big at all, Ive learned to adapt to it. The seat is in the middle, will probably buy another one. So I tried a Nomad 8.5 right after a run in the Stomper,..... The first thimg I noticed was how it looked so much bigger sitting in the boat, and its 2 gallons smaller than the Stomper. Then I took the first paddle stokes and I really noticed a difference,.... did someone hit the turbo charger button? Man this thing is fast nomad fast, It was less effort to get moving from a stand still, ( i mostly hand paddle), and it just kept going. Once in the meat of things I noticed it held its line and it went straight and it would punch thru the water and never slow down. It turned and rolled as easy as the Stomper and was super comfortable!!
Do I love the Stomper....yes, Would I buy another Stomper....yes, Was it a mistake to demo the Nomad....Hell Yes!! Damn it......now Im going shopping!!! This was just my .02 on the two boats, both great boats! What do you guys like?
Im 6' 3" and roughly 240 lbs, and looking to upgrade to a new creekboat from a L Burn. The Burn is a nice boat, but want something with more volume and a bit less edge. Tried the Stomper 90 on some rapids on the Cheat Canyon at low-ish levels and thought it was awesome. Liked everything about it better than the Burn, with the exception of a slight loss in precision. Ive read rave reviews on the Stomper's performance on creeks, but most people seem to consider it to be marginal on big water (like the Gauley, higher water New River Gorge, etc.) due to the large amount of rocker and rounded edges.
Haven't tried the Recon 93 yet, but I was wondering if anyone who had experience with the Recon could say anything about its big water capabilities, especially when compared to the Stomper. Additionally, any thoughts on general comparisons between the two boats, including on creeks, would also be awesome. Im working on a time to demo the Recon 93 this Summer, but my schedule is packed and its hard to fairly compare unfamiliar boats on spaced out single paddling days.
Please feel free to contact me (the Southeast team manager) at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org I'm not sure why you haven't received replies but I am happy to help figure things out and where your boat is in the process. As conveyed in this thread, production was delayed an entire month due to the entire power supply being stolen from the Ohio based manufacturer we contract with to make these boats.
Being able to run the Green Narrows? I've only been kayaking for a little over a year now, but taking out after the upper green and watching people put in and others who pass my friends and I going down to the put in for the Narrows makes me want to run it sooo bad! Even if I can get good enough to run everything but the big 3 would completely satisfy me! The hardest run i've done so far is Wilson's Creek (about 3 weeks ago) but it was at minus 4 (on the new gauge) which i've heard is off by an inch or two ever since those bad rains we had a month or two back. I've heard to be able to run Wilson's at a good level (i'm assuming 0 or plus 2 on the new gauge?), then do Watauga, and then I'd be ready for the Narrows??? Only problem is since Wilson's Creek hardly runs much during the summer, what are other suggestions? For you guys/gals that run the Narrows, how long did you kayak for before taking your first trip down, and what did you do to get yourself ready?
I see more and more people now sitting around a campfire with their mind absorbed in some light box. If someone told you that your electronic devices were not welcome at their campfire, would you have a problem with that? Would you take your I-pad and leave? Or should we accept that these devices are here to stay, like ticks, and change with the times?
You need a bigger boat. I like the xp but it is a little rec. boatish. Mutlti-day trips are the shit. My favorite thing to do right now. Anyway I kinda dig that more peeps aren't into it...more solitude for me and my crew.
I'm looking for a new kayak and I'm still learning about boating, but I've heard a lot of feedback to look into creek boats for whitewater. I have a liquidlogic remix xp9 and I enjoy it but I believe it would be best to get a strict whitewater boat. I could be wrong but it's part of the learning experience.
Just bought a 2012 Nomad from a dealer at he Nantahala that was advertised as "BRAND NEW" and a friend picked it up. When I received it, it had light scratches as if it has been paddled once or twice. Talked to them this morning and initially they said the scratches were from carrying the boat in and out of the shop, but I don't really believe that based on what I saw on the hull. Will take pics after work today.
So, if is a demo and it was paddled, let's say twice on the Nanty, what do you think it is worth? It came with all the outfitting and the full warranty. Just looking for a fair price based on the actual condition of the boat.
I got sucked out of the raft in Double Suck this weekend on a family rafting trip on the Ocoee, and went to the bottom (I know, shitty raft guide, but I'm new at the whole rafting thing :-)). I went pretty deep and suffered some barotrauma in both ears. They actually hurt pretty bad the night of the swim. The dizzyness and feeling that they need to be popped has gone away, but I've had a constant ringing in my ears for the last two days. Anyone ever experience this? I'm assuming it's temporary, but would love some reassuarnce.