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Brand
Bliss-stick

RD 2
Taihape
New Zealand

Phone: +64 6 388 1445

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Well you would have to admit, kayak designs have been pretty damn boring and uninspiring lately.

We think so anyway, so we’re about to change all that. No point in reinventing the wheel over and over again which really isn’t our style at all. Anyway, we want the tools to take our boating boldly into the future and make it as much fun as possible. We figure the SCUD is going to offer boaters a fresh new approach to what kayaking can really be like in this current age of hydro technology and we’re excited to be doing it.

The SCUD is without doubt the shortest creek boat ever made. That’s only part of the story……. The big surprise is the hull. This is a no compromise, full on play boat hull. Playboat performance in what is truly a creek boat. It's fast and it flies and it's the next step in the kayaking evolution. You'll have to try it to believe it, as everyone who has so far has been instantly converted. It's safe, easy and most certainly as much fun as you can possibly have with your kayaking gear on. Boofing is auto and it's so light and compact and such a bomber little shape and that it totally changes the way we think about getting down the river.

Evolution or Revolution, who cares. One things for sure, this boat is the hottest ride in a long time. Innovative, both in design and construction, all things to all people, the "SCUD" is simply like no other. There ain't nothing you can't bomb with a Scud.....

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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Design 
 
4.0
Perfomance 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value / Money 
 
4.0

Great boat with a narrow niche. While you could use this as a river running playboat, you could also just use your playboat and grow a pair. If you want a steep creeking machine that reduces the pin-potential on tight corners and pinball sections, this is your boat. If the river is only 20' wide, who cares how fast the boat is? On my local runs, with blind drops ranging from 2-12 meters, this boat is phenomenal, confidence inspiring, and fun.

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Paddling since 1998, originally a playboater from the Northeast, US. I've paddled the eastern seaboard, Canada, Costa Rica and now Europe. Started creeking seriously in 2002: Gulf Hagas, Cathance River, Carrabasett River, and now small steep creeks in Switzerland. I've owned this boat for a year now.
Pros / The Good
Overall: This boat is ideal for steep, tight, technical, low to mid-volume creeks. In the creeks around Southern Switzerland this boat, because of the length, is perfect. It can maneuver where longer boats are at risk of pinning. On narrow creeks, where speed isn't critical, this boat excels. There is plenty of room for 'rope access only' gear and a full pin kit. The boat boofs easily, tracks well, resurfaces fairly quickly, changes direction on a dime, and rolls easily. The plastic is super durable, scuff marks that's it.
Cons / The Bad
It is a small boat... don't expect the speed of a Microbat 230. It is a small boat... don't expect a dry ride or to stay on the surface in big water.

If you buy this boat, know what it is designed for, it does those things very well.
Recommend
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Design 
 
5.0
Perfomance 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Value / Money 
 
4.0

I woud recommend you to try it before buying it because i can say you that some people aren't at ease with this boat, it really has it's own style.

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Started to paddle 12 years ago, today aged of 22. I have been paddling my SCUD for 1 year, i also have another boat, a necky mission, i wanted to have a boat for big white water and a playboat for basic river-running session with freestyle moves but i'm actually selling my necky mission because the bliss stick scud is awesome, i paddle in IV and V class with it and it's a fucking great boat. But, it doesn't correspond to everybody's paddling style, some people are not able to paddle in it even if they are good and advertised paddlers, i think it's a good thing to be an "ex-freestyler". I like this SCUD, when you sit in it ther's a strange phenomenon, something disconecting your brain and pushing you to think you could do everything with it. This boat ables you to paddle funly and seriously, it's a pleasure to see big moves coming and to think " ow, shit, am i going to fly?" then comes the answer " No, i won't fly, i'm paddling a SCUD and the pleasure is great". So, this boat is reliable, trustworthy. I like it. What am i saying? I love it! It's the only boat which I gave a king of "personification", I feel confident in this boat. It's my boat and i know that i will buy another one when mine will die on a rock ( if it dies one day... fucking great plastic !)
An advice, buy it.
Pros / The Good
The shape, it's length, it's volume, it's solid plastic, it's a reliable boat.
Cons / The Bad
It's length... yes, sometimes you maybe would like to have a longer boat but everything is ok. It's maybe psychologic...
The only think negativ i can say on it, it's the fact that it's not a fast boat. But, did i want to have a fast boat? No.
Recommend
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Design 
 
5.0
Perfomance 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value / Money 
 
5.0

I bought my SCUD as a boat to predominantly be used for teaching and leading on Class III water. I was tired of everytime I went to pull a big guy out my little playboat just standing up on its tail and being a pain in the ass to get the guy to shore. The SCUD is everything I could have asked for and more! Lots of room in the stern for safety gear and lunch. I've done some creeking in it and although it's not as great as my Habitat when it comes to some things... it sure is fun to pick your way down a tech little creek with it.

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About Me
Class III - IV Paddler. 6'1" 200lbs.
Pros / The Good
Comfortable as hell. Turns on a dime. Boofs unbelievably well, but you could tell that by looking at it. Great boat for leading/rescuing from (as opposed to a playboat with lower volume).
Cons / The Bad
SLOW. Not amazing at punching big trashy holes.
Recommend
Yes
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(Updated: July 08, 2009)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Design 
 
5.0
Perfomance 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Value / Money 
 
4.0

What a great ride

About the reviewer

intermediate kayaker, river guide

Test environment

Casselman River, PA

Review

I switched from a Ammo to the Scud and find the scud more playful and actually stable. It carves very well into eddies and during peal outs. It was very easy to alter course when an unexpected ledge shows up.

Conclusion

I believe I will be using this for quite a while. Sort of like having a sprts car tather than a SUV yet able to handle SUV conditions.

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Location: Boonsboro, MD
Age: 56
Weight: 77.1 kgs
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(Updated: January 17, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Design 
 
5.0
Perfomance 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value / Money 
 
5.0

Fun Little Boat

Tested on: Class 3-4 rivers in the south east US. Little River, Tellico, Ocoee and several others.

Fun boat in smaller creeks and some larger water. Turns fast in eddies and peelouts. Fairly stable with the wide planning hull which also makes interesting rolling being so wide. Not a boat to learn how to roll in!
If you get deep it surfaces like a cork at rocket speeds. On the larger water it tracks like crap so you will always have a paddle in the water. Very comfortable outfitting! I can spend all day in the SCUD and never feel cramped. On the lower volume creeks this boat is a dream. FUN!

Fun but it shouldn't be your ONLY boat! This is the first creeker I have owned but have paddled a Rocker, Jefe and a Gus with much enjoyment. Went with the SCUD because I feel more "in tune" with not so much boat to handle. If you are into low volume creeks that require small, tight eddy turns this is a boat to look at for sure.

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About Me
Location: S.E USA
Age: 45
Weight: 68 kgs
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