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Submitted: 03-16-2009 by Clay

I have paddled most of the small Old Town kayaks, and really prefer the Rush. We got ours for scouting several islands to retrieve stray cattle (we currently run 4 Rushs, and 3 Otter XT), fell in love with the sport and have paddled some pretty difficult class III whitewater with them as well. We upgraded to the nylon sprayskirts which are not completely dry, but keeps most the moisture out, a sponge on the floor picks up the rest easily. and like the poster below we took off the paddle holder for the same reasons: they hurt when you really dig and stuff the rivot between your finger and the nail.

We are able to pack light and stay on the river for over night trips without a lot of discomfort, takes a little pre-planning and spreading the load between boats. My only complaint is the hull of the boat makes it almost impossible to surf a good wave, the V shape nose catches the upstream current and almost immediately puts you upside down. with a little practice and, given the nylon skirt doesn't pull off the lip of the cockpit, rolling the boat back up is not too difficult with some practice in a pool. We also have thought about glueing some foam in the knee spaces to give a little comfort when you have to grip the boat for balance.

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