Hey folks! My name is Benjo and I’m from Alabama.
I’ve had my eye on the alpacka rafts for some time now and I finally have the funds to support this new addiction!!! I picked up the yukon yak and I’m now acquiring more gear so I can start checking out the fine rivers of Alabama. I actually have it inflated now and have been sitting in it watching march madness sipping on cold ones!!!
Ok, back to the gear. I am going with a simple setup for now and will add on as I’m able (upon the wifes approval in this case). I have a helmet and now I’m on the hunt for a decent paddle and pfd so I can at least start floating and get the hang of the craft. I am not rough on equipment but I’d don’t like treating gear gingerly either if you know what I mean. As a seasoned cyclist I know the value of investing in quality components that don’t break down easily and that’s why I am taking it slow and reading up on the forums to educate myself. I am been back and forth on the paddle selection…carbon vs wood (sawyer) and I gotta tell ya I’m not sold on either one. I know carbon fiber has come a long way in the cycling world but I am still a skeptic and as far as the sawyer paddles are concerned I hesitate on it based on what I have read here on these forums. I am bypassing rei, dicks, and gander mt stuff as I know the quality is lower and I’ll be dissatisfied in the end. So, shoot me some thoughts and help guide me along in this hunt if you will.
Thanks so much,