The reason my gear weighs so much and waterspyder's doesn't on paddle/camping trips is that he eats those freeze dried dinners with boiled water and I use my "iron skillet" and cook up a feast on every trip. But of course that's why I'm overweight and he isn't. But after looking at him the other day he did gain a few lbs and his boat probably weighs over 200lbs now even with his mountain house dinners.
Joking aside the Rapidfire has been an awesome boat to paddle on day trips and with gear. Sounds like there are many different boats to choose from but I'm so glad that waterspyder turned me onto Joe's boats. It's probably best to try and rent some of these boats out and haul your overnight gear in it on day trips to see how it handles. Placidboats has a pond outside his place to test them out. Joe is a great guy and it's made in NY!
Gedi Convertible Helmet
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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