AE Advanced Frame long enough for me?

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AE Advanced Frame long enough for me?

Post by muenp » Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:26 pm

I am considering either the AE Advanced Frame or the Expedition model. I am about 6'2" and 195lbs. Will I fit comfortably into the Advanced Frame, or do I need the Expedition model?


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Post by Damien » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:24 pm

Personally, I'd go with the Expedition. You'll be more comfortable.

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same here

Post by jim.s » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:53 pm

I've been wondering the same, so I'll piggyback on the same post...

I'm 6'1" 155lbs with size 13 feet. Will I be comfortable in the AF 10.5 or should I upsize to the Expedition?

Thanks in advance,


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Post by Jaygee » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:26 am

I'm 6' and 185 lbs and I have room to spare in the AE Single. With my legs out completely straight I still have about 8" at the front.
To increase footroom for larger shoe sizes, you can pull back the floor chamber by folding it over a bit at the back.

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Post by Damien » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:48 pm

yes, you'll fit but will you be comfortable? My reason for going with the AF was that it is easier to lift and handle. As a 6 foot guy why not get the larger Expedition? You'll easily be able to handle it's extra weight and length, have more room, it'll track better and be more comfortable. Just my .02.

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Post by Newt » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:31 pm

I am 5' 9" and 200 lbs. and have both the Advanced frame and the Expedition.
The Expedition is quite a bit roomier. The Advanced frame is snug epecially for the footroom that your flippers will require.

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Post by paddlesheep » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:29 pm

I'm 230, 6 foot and size 12 feet. The advanced frame is manageable, but the expedition is comfortable. I'd go with the expedition.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:39 am

6'2" 185. I can paddle comfortabley even our Dragonfly model. The Advaned Frame has plenty of room. If you have long legs or are over 6 foot, you will probably have to paddle with your legs slightly bent which is how I prefer anyway because it allows me to get a better paddle stroke. I have size 14 feet and find it much easier to remove my shoes or sandals when paddling. The Expedition is much roomier and is better for longer trips. You can bring along more gear.


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Post by SF48 » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:31 am

I'm 6', about 210#'s, size 11 feet. I own both the AF and the Expedition. In the AF I have to fold the floor about 6" back at the rear, and even then it takes a little getting used to the cramped foot space...mine are right up against the main tube and I often put one foot on top of the other for a little less cramped feeling. I'm used to it now, but it does take a little time. And yes, I also found that no shoes of any kind works better.

On the Expedition there is ample foot room. The adjustable foot brace works well, and you can wear your sandals.

If you can only have one boat, I'd go with the Expedition for it's improved comfort and extended capabilites.

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