Hey guys, I’m new to the forum and just received my first packraft in the mail a couple of weeks ago, a Yukon Yak. Just to give you a brief background of my paddling experience; I’ve done quite a few calm water floating trips over the years, and even one overnight kayaking trip. However, I dont have any experience whatsoever on real whitewater. I’m definitely interested in getting into it as I gain experienced however, and would like to run some class III rivers in Arkansas and perhaps Alaska (I’m most likely moving to Anchorage in a few months).
That said, I’m right at 6’ tall, wear 32" inseam pants, and thought a yukon yak would be the perfect fit for me. When I sit in the boat barefooted, it seems to fit me just fine. I can stretch out my legs without too much effort. However, when I put on shoes, its a different story. The “wedge” shape of the inside of the boat forces my shoes together, and I cant really get my legs to lay stretch out without really wriggling around and jamming my feet into the end of the boat. Is this considered a normal fit, or should I be thinking about stepping up to a Denali Llama? I dont want to sacrafice whitewater performance, but I want to be comfortable as well. I must also mention that I havent actually put the boat in any water and tried paddling around, as all of the lakes in the area have been frozen for several weeks. Anyway, what does everyone think is the best (subjective, I know) fit for these things?