Alpacka should arrive this weekend, looking forward to a new addiction. I am coming from a whitewater background, class 4 whitewater kayaker for many years. I’m short…5’4"…and use an AT bent shaft 191cm. I noticed that the Sawyer only goes down to 205cm, and I’m starting to think that is going to be way too long for me.
I will be using the packraft on southeast rivers and creeks, mostly low volume and rocky. Class 2-3+. Obed, Big South Fork, Red River Gorge are the trips I have planned now, combining backpacking and paddling. These rivers do have stretches of flat water, but also moderate pool drop rapids and at the lower flows I want to practice on plenty of rocks.
I’m thinking a Werner Sherpa 4 piece 197cm would be be the best all around paddle for what I want to do? Would that be too short? Not to concerned about the weight, performance is my priority.