I have a solo Stearns using it on bays, esturaries & rivers here in Fl and
on some Colorado-Wyoming rivers. At 28 # it is easy to pack to the water
sometimes not so easy to pack back to the pick-up. It is hard to dry out
completely, even if deflated and if you have been in/out of it: the mucky
stuff always finds the back of your neck. It can be a bear in the wind even
on rivers and on the bay more then enough work in a quartering wind. Its is
fun to surf because it is as manuverable as a water-strider, just stick the
paddle in and you are Duffeting, just like planting the pole on a downhill
ski run. It has a mini-skeg of little value for tracking, ***a great
tickler for manatees, & one will lift you out of the water when it gets to
your rump, which is lowest in the water. On faster water like on the Poudre
River out of Ft. Collins, CO the inflated floor & tubes are insufficent to
prevent tacoing . I am 6 foot, 195 # and find the solo a tight fit. I picked
mine up 2 years agoat REI demo sale for I think $120.
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> Bali I can get for $72 new, is it the same material as the other
> tahitis? Can I get a skeg if needed?
> Advanced Elements
> any opinion or adive would be really appreciated. I will only be
> using this as a spare for flat water or very slow rivers (I).