Explorer HV Fit
Posted by: Willster on Oct-06-12 9:57 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Hello. I'm 6' 3", 34" inseam, 210 lbs. with size 13 feet. I just tried a regular Explorer and did not fit. Legs and feet smashed too low. I've done a lot of searches and I read of guys a hell of a lot bigger than me fitting in a regular Explorer. I just don't get it, maybe they've removed the footpegs and are using the bulkhead or something. Anyway, would like feedback on my chances of a reasonable fit in the HV. Thanks.
As another point of reference, I tried an Etain 17-7 and fit easily. Felt like a lot of buoyancy though. Tiderace Excite bloodied my shins. I'd like to try a Romany S and Tiderace Xtra but only have the Tiderace available to me locally here in Portland.
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Posted by: NewbTastic on Oct-06-12 10:15 PM (EST)
I've sat in both the regular Explorer and the HV, and I can report that the HV has quite a LOT more room under the deck for your legs/thighs.
HV and Romany S|
Posted by: scott_f on Oct-07-12 3:28 AM (EST)
I am 6'5" with only a 32" inseam (tall torso) with size 14 feet and weigh 225 pounds. I have both an Explorer HV and Romany S. They fit very similarly except that the Romany S has a wider keyhole. I removed the foot rails from both boats and just use a little minicell foam on the bulkhead and a bit more foam behind the seat instead of a backband. I use the Romany S almost exclusivly now as it's just more fun to paddle.
Posted by: aamapes on Oct-07-12 9:09 PM (EST)
I am your size, except 190#. I pull the pegs back toward me out of the way on my regular Explorer and foam the bulkhead. 2" of foam works well with warm season footwear, 1" when wearing mukluks. The fit of the deck is perfect for me, but my legs are probably skinnier than yours. A friend uses an HV and likes it - he's our height, but 250# plus.
Posted by: hodtay on Oct-07-12 9:46 PM (EST)
Since you're on the West Coast you may have the opportunity to demo a Sterling Grand Illusion or Sterling Reflection. I'm your size and weight and I paddle a Sterling Reflection, WS Zephyr 160 with the seat relocated aft two inches and a Capella 173.
Posted by: rusty125 on Oct-07-12 10:36 PM (EST)
I'm 2 inches shorter than you, but the dimensions fit otherwise. Wearing booties (not shoes with soles), I find the Explorer to be just a little looser fitting than my Valley Nordkapp. I have about 4" to the bulkhead in a stock Explorer, and 7" in the Nordkapp. I prefer padding out a bulkhead over foot braces in any boat.
ndk vs tiderace|
Posted by: nickjc on Oct-08-12 5:15 PM (EST)
The TR build quality and fit is better than any of the ndk boats. The paddler position is also much more efficient in the Tiderace boats. The only reason to get a NDK boat is there are cheap used ones around (because everyone bought TR boats) and the extra 10 lbs of gel coat means less repairs from rocks. I have 3 friends with Xtras, and a bunch more with Xcites. They all love them. One of them is a tiderace rep and instructor and the Xtra is his boat of choice for teaching.