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Tom Zimmer Uses the Culebra hard in Western Colorado

The boat has been absolutely amazing and everyone who talks to us about it gets an ear full of positive reviews about the boat. We did a Gunny Gorge overnight trip, I put the boat in a drybag and carried it down the mile long trail while my wife had a dry bag with all our gear, tent, food, sleeping bags, clothes, etc. We got to the river, inflated the boat and put all the gear on a cargo net we had in the back of the boat and had our dog ride in the boat with us. The boat handles great through the whitewater and my wife guided the boat through the mellow sections while I fished right from the boat, amazing.

Gore Canyon was great, my wife and I loved it, ran it 3 times. There were about 6 other similar boats (original Shredder, Hyside paddle Cat, Stinger) but in my opinion your boat is the elite of the bunch. The boat is much more stable compared to the other boats, it is a tighter inflation providing quicker manoverablility and it crushed through holes, Tunnel Falls was easy in this boat. Running Class V in this thing is very was smooth. We are taking it down Westwater in a few weeks so we will see how it works down there. My wife and I have been boating for 15 years and have been stuck only on kayaking, however, while she runs class IV in a kayak, Class V is a little over her head so whenever we get to a Class V section I either wish I could run it or try to find some strangers to run with. Now we can do any river we want with this thing, it fits right in our Subaru with plenty of room for our other gear. We have done Pine Creek and the Numbers, and the Royal Gorge but can't wait to run harder stuff like Bailey this Fall. We have a whole new perspective of Class V in this boat, excellent design.

Originally I thought it might be better to have a lower floor but after further use I think the design is ideal especially for punching through big holes, the higher floor really makes it act like a Cat rather than a raft. I really think it opens up hard boating to a whole population of people who are terrified to get strapped into a kayak not to mention the amount of practice/skills you need to have in order to run hard rivers in a kayak. This boat really allows a non expert to run hard whitewater, very stable and easy to guide a friend. Thanks for a great boat.


Jack's Note
Thomas Zimmer's job is Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education at Wyoming Catholic College. He purchased his first culebra while working at Western state in Gunnison Colorado. He is a graduate of Western and has his Doctorate from the Universtiy of Utah. Tom uses the Culebra as a training aid to teach the intricacies of river hydralics with his pupils in Cataract
Canyon. The boat serves to drive home the ideas of momentum and maneuverability when the students can trade off between gear boat and Culebra. They can still get great white water experience without having to learn how to roll a kayak.


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