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The Detox hull incorporates the Nemesis rail system with super forgiving sidewalls and generous kick rocker to create an exciting but very stable ride. The Detox has ample volume and peaked decks to ensure controllable surfacing when running drops. The deck profile and hull width make the Detox super easy to roll, inspiring confidence on difficult runs.
The Detox fills the gap between the Spice and the Solo series in the Fluid line-up. If the Spice is too playful for the type of rivers you want to run, and the Solo is a too full-on creeker to enjoy on easier runs, the Detox is the boat for you.
It's a blast to paddle! Not quite as fast as my 09' Burn but quick none-the-less. Tracks straight and will snap your neck when attempting a sharp eddy line. I found myself catching eddies that I would normally never been able to with my previous boats. Rolling is super easy and I was able to catch waves no one else in my group was in fast moving Class III's.
In comparison, the initial stability is not nearly that of the Burn but once I got used to the twitchiness it allowed me to play so much more whether catching waves or slicing rock gardens and catching micro eddy's for fun.
To say it's a beginner boat would mean it will teach you to paddle correctly from the go with the Nemesis edges grabbing anything in sight. That being said, it rolls easier than a Diesel since it has a "stopping point" on the planing hull, carves quickly with great secondary stability and launches boofs with less effort with the aggressive rocker and shorter length.
I've definitely found my go-to boat and I'm shutting the computer now so I can go paddle it AGAIN!
The shorter length to most Creekers and River runners combined with the massive rocker make this thing handle like a much lighter boat. The edges are "sharp"! Starting at the nose I found myself upside down in the first three eddies I attempted at speed. But no worries, it rolls with out trying. With speed just slightly lean to carve and it acts like it's on rails... it's taken the fun level up a notch in my local runs.
To adjust the seat forward or backwards it looks like by the design that you can just unscrew the two hand nuts and adjust whereas you have to loosen/unstrap the hip pads since the straps go around the seat and the cradle.
Mind you, both of these are nit-picking and not huge issues for me.
If you are like me and like having edges for carving in and out of eddies, making tight turns in the thick of things and playing here and there then the Detox is your beast. I would choose the Detox over the Solo as my creek boat because of the edges and the control that it gives me, just remember that the edges also make it a wee bit less forgiving than the rounded hull and sides of the Solo.
The choice is yours, test both and go with what feels best for you.
I have always been a supporter of flatbottom boats, mainly becuase I like freestyle paddling and the performance that one gets from hard edges.