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What do you get with this Hero? Speed, strength, lasting power, comfort, stability, ease of rolling, and great looks are just the start.
Run anything, pack some gear, and enjoy the confidence this river running/creek boat offers. While the Fun is your best combination of river running/play this boat is your best combination of river running/creeking. Designed to handle the largest diversity of water possible it will not let you down anywhere you decide to go. Low draft, long lines means it handles shallow water without bottoming out and stays fast. Volume is designed to keep you on the surface and upright in big water or at the bottom of drops. This boat has no match in speed at 8’ in length either, so whether you are doing a big ferry, a long flat-water paddle out of your favorite river or trying to beat your paddling buddy to the takeout, you’ll have an ace in the hole!
I had a 2009 Hero. I demoed loads of boats and the Hero put the biggest smile on my face.During the year and half I owned it I took it down some gnarly stuff and it looked after me. However, what I did find was that when the volume and pace of the rivers picked it seemed easy to catch an edge and into holes it really needed a good old dig through stroke or you got a bit of a kicking.
On lower grade, less demanding, stuff though up to good solid grade 3 I wouldn't want to be any any other big volume boat. Like paddling your favourite sofa. So comfy. The Hero is a one off in terms of design; part retro part forward looking...
I don't really know how to sum up the Hero... There's no other boat like it. It fits a niche. As a beginners' boat it would be perfect. When you step it up though it might just be time to visit e-bay....
About the reviewerPlayboat most of the time & creek on the side
Test environmentNorth Fork of the Payette River
ReviewWe had ten kayakers on the North Fork of the Payette last Saturday. We had two Super Heroes, one Hero and only a little snow and ice. I have to tell you that the Hero has changed my paddling and increased my mental ability. My red Hero has increased my confidence a ton! I even ran two rapids I thought I would never be able to run. I had not even considered running these rapids but the Hero is stable and the other paddlers were great too.I knew I could count on my Hero and my paddling partners.
ConclusionThanks for making such a great kayak.
Weight: 68 kgs