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by river_rat
Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Inflatables vs Folding Kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 20343

I have been using my advanced elements 10.5 for many years now. I've hit everything the river could throw at me. Rocks and boulders as as nothing to the hull. One time I hit a partially submerged jagged steel beam with the pointy end angled toward me like a spear. I figured that had to have done som...
by river_rat
Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:29 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: AF 10.5 Backbone report
Replies: 11
Views: 18995

good idea but...

The problem with pockets is that they might make it difficult to install as the backbone has to be extended to put together and take apart. I just inflated the boat in my living room, installed the backbone, made sure it was centered by feeling for the skeg and the front runner beneath it, then mark...
by river_rat
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:12 am
Forum: Backbones
Topic: AF 10.5 Backbone report
Replies: 11
Views: 18995

backbone

Hi, the quick answer is yes. I weigh 180 lbs myself and I wouldn't dream of going out in my 10.5 without first installing the backbone. When I first got it, my plan was to A-B test it, that is, try it with and without. I put it in, starting off, and the difference was so dramatic I saw no point in t...
by river_rat
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: My butt gets soaking wet
Replies: 12
Views: 18894

bacbone

Actually, I think the backbone for the AF is $69. Yes, it's an additional expense, that's for sure and I was very pleased with the AF before I got it, but the improvement in speed and tracking (and sitting position) is very apparent. You do have to make sure it is centered though. Elsewhere there is...
by river_rat
Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: My butt gets soaking wet
Replies: 12
Views: 18894

backbone

Great White Castle story! Just wanted to add that the addition of a backbone will also raise you up without any discomfort. I started out without a backbone then got one to do a comparison test. I started off with the backbone installed and have never got out without one since. It makes all the diff...
by river_rat
Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: My butt gets soaking wet
Replies: 12
Views: 18894

Just saw this. First, it's a kayak and you're going to get wet. Holding your feet out of the water for a moment before you put each on in to let the water drip off will help. Second, at REI I bought a special absorbent sponge in an asorbent cover. I place it a little under the seat between my legs. ...
by river_rat
Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Comparison of AdvancedFrame vs Dragonfly
Replies: 7
Views: 13774

comparison

Definitely check my first post in this string. I have been in a Dragonfly while my newbie friend took out my Advanced Frame. She left me in the dust. I have been in a group of 30 kayakers in hardshell kayaks and i had no trouble keeping up. It will definitely keep up with regular hard-shell kayaks. ...
by river_rat
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: AdvancedFrame Tracking and deck question
Replies: 13
Views: 16229

sharpie?

That's great. Do you find that moisture smudges the Sharpie marks? Thanks.
by river_rat
Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: AdvancedFrame Tracking and deck question
Replies: 13
Views: 16229

tracking with backbone

A backbone makes all the difference in the world. It's a bit tricky at first to get it centered, though. I feel for the fin and make sure the backbone is centered above it, same for the front skeg (is that the right term?). I'm thinking of inflating it in my house, then making absolutely sure the ba...
by river_rat
Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Comparison of AdvancedFrame vs Dragonfly
Replies: 7
Views: 13774

I would agree

Definitely. Though its fold size is larger, it is much, much lighter. Again, it's a well-built small kayak. It cannot be expected, however, to keep up with its big brother in a straight-ahead lake situation, at least not with an AF with a backbone. At least not in my experience. While I'm at it, the...
by river_rat
Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Comparison of AdvancedFrame vs Dragonfly
Replies: 7
Views: 13774

answer

As good and as light as the AF 10.5 is, its still comes in at a bit under 40 pounds. I wouldn't suggest hiking more than a very short distance with it. The Dragonfly is under 25 feet but actually the carrying case is longer in height and width though not in depth. It has a shoulder strap and could b...
by river_rat
Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: Inflation & Valves
Topic: Is it necessary to inflate chambers 6&7/8&9
Replies: 4
Views: 9792

Plus, all they really need is one pump apiece.
by river_rat
Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Issues/Problems
Topic: kayak bending
Replies: 6
Views: 13062

I guess I've noticed this very slightly now that you've brought it up. I bought some bungies and rigged them on the back and always carry my foot pump with me. I've never had to re-inflate but then usually only go out for a couple of hours. Point being: carry the footpump on the rear.
Richard
by river_rat
Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Comparison of AdvancedFrame vs Dragonfly
Replies: 7
Views: 13774

Comparison of AdvancedFrame vs Dragonfly

I've had my AdvancedFrame 10.5 for a few months now and have taken it out at least fifteen times. Especially with the backbone, it's a great boat, perfect size, very stable, and can hold its own with hard-shell kayaks. I wanted to get another one to share the experience with friends and ended up get...
by river_rat
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: advanced frame + dragonfly?
Replies: 8
Views: 15657

Thanks

I ordered a Dragonfly yesterday. I look forward to providing a comparison report to the AdvancedFrame.
Richard