Yeah everyone has their little pet peeves when it comes to kayaks. I have tried a few boats in the last few years (Including a burn (73ga)) and always return to my old diesel 65 (which is actually a first gen but the boat and outfitting are still holding tough despite the abuse ). I have owned a jackson allstar (52ga), liquid logic remix (69ga), and a Dagger RPM Max ( First boat-75ga ). They have all had their pluses but the diesel is just an overall and any condition workhorse. Good for playing, good for river running, and easy to paddle in those pesky flat water areas.
I have paddled my Diesel on anything from Class 2 water (Like the Nantahala in NC) to Class 5 (Gauley in WV). My main thing is that when I head to the east coast to paddle I often paddle three or four rivers. Since I will have a couple buddies with me to help chip in on gas since its a 10 hour drive I cant take more than one boat with me but I know I can alway count on the diesel for whatever Im running.
But like I said, different strokes for different folks. You will find people on every end of the spectrum when discussing displaced hulls, rockers vs rounded hulls, ect... All it really boils down to is whats comfortable for you and what your doing with it.
Same argument goes for paddles too. I have two AT2s ( One standard and one SL, but havent used the standard since I bought the SL and just keep it around as a backup as it definitely shows its time on the water ).
Last edited by GoofyFoot; 03-01-2011 at 03:51 PM.