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thinhorn_AK

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Which raft? The Ranger? Forager?


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A mule. The ranger wasn’t out when I ordered and due to the shipping/building delays I wanted to get it ordered so I’d have it by summer. They are like 8-10 weeks out for shipping right now. The mule has a good load limit and is still pretty light, I have a few plans for hunts that need just such a boat.
 

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A mule. The ranger wasn’t out when I ordered and due to the shipping/building delays I wanted to get it ordered so I’d have it by summer. They are like 8-10 weeks out for shipping right now. The mule has a good load limit and is still pretty light, I have a few plans for hunts that need just such a boat.

Let us know how it works. Send pics


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Let us know how it works. Send pics


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So far it’s pretty sweet, I’ve only had it on flat water and a quick 10 mile class 2 float so nothing major but the size is pretty good. It’s not going to carry all the crap I can load on a pr49 but it’s not supposed to.
 

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We are each 350lbs and two moose.
Excellent. Glad to hear you are adult sized vs. the typical <5'8" smedium rokslider.
I have done two people and minimal camping gear. One person, gear, and deer. I couldn't imagine two people hunting gear, and anything else.



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We’ve done two adults, 180lbs, two day packs, and a caribou several times. Once with a Mtn goat too. It’s not bad for short floats.
 

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Any suggestions for a good paddle?

I bought a 4 piece Kokopelli paddle for $20 at the end of last season from a rental company.

My paddle knowledge is limited. So my only suggestion is a 4 piece and light weight.


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I bought a 4 piece Kokopelli paddle for $20 at the end of last season from a rental company.

My paddle knowledge is limited. So my only suggestion is a 4 piece and light weight.


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By 4 piece do you mean 2 handle sections and 2 paddle pieces?

I’ve always used aquabound paddles, I have 3 or 4 of them.
 

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By 4 piece do you mean 2 handle sections and 2 paddle pieces?

I’ve always used aquabound paddles, I have 3 or 4 of them.

By 4 piece, I mean the paddle breaks down into 4 pieces to better fit in your pack.
So yes, you’ll have 2 pieces with paddles on the end and 2 pieces of handle.
I think we’re on the same page.


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I took the mule out on an overnight last week, paddled about 10 miles around a lake to a river and camped, next day floated the river and got picked up by a buddy with his fishing boat. It was around 30 total miles, caught some good fish and saw some bears.

The boat handled well, it wasn’t really loaded down, just me, fishing gear and a 4500ci dry bag with my camp in it.

Also, a battery powered leaf blower is a game changer for inflating those alpaca rafts, the bag it great for taking on the trip but being able to just blow the boat up without breaking a sweat is great.
 
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