The other night a few of us from work headed up to the Banks put in for the run down the mighty Main Payette seeking a relaxing evening of whitewater fun. During the impromptu planning stages for this evening trip, (i.e. throwing whatever boats and equipment were still available from the demo room into our rigs) it was decided that this would be a good opportunity to test a couple of the new Force prototype kayaks side by side with some of our other models.
Other boats that made this trip were a Tomcat Solo, Lynx I, Force XL and a Strike. After the short drive to the river, getting the boats and ourselves ready, we were off, or rather on the water and moving.
The rapids on the Main Payette consist of about 5 Class III rapids and a few Class II's sprinkled in. During a couple of our brief stops, boats were traded so that everyone had a chance to try the other boats. I was excited to paddle the prototype Force and soon began to appreciate its new dimensions. The bow and stern are higher than the old model which made it much easier to turn, its wider hull and redesigned floor allowed this boat to surf easily. Everyone who paddled this boat really enjoyed it and wanted to paddle it more. So be on the lookout for this great new boat in 2010.
The take out arrived all too soon and after the shuttle was run, we loaded up and headed home.
Cold river water is always refreshing. Enjoy some today!
P.S. You can see photos from our trip on Facebook.