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Ultrafuge

by Dagger

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I am 5 feet 9 inches and about 160lbs. I just…

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I am 5 feet 9 inches and about 160lbs. I just switched from my 220 to an ultrafuge. I loved my 220 and thought it was easy to throw around until I paddled my ultra. I am now doing cartwheels, blunts, enders, and other tricks that would have been hard for me in my 220 it is very easy to roll and extreamly slicy. This boat will surf any wave and flatspin fast enough to make you dizzy.

I just bought an ultrafuge for my first boat, regardless of the…

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I just bought an ultrafuge for my first boat, regardless of the warnings that it is NOT a beginer boat. I'll just have to learn a little quicker if I don't want to get munched in this boat. It spins on a dime, catches eddies easy, and it's even easy for me (a biginner) to roll. The only boats I have to compare it to are an AQII and an outlaw. Up against them, I give the ultrafuge a ten.

I recently bought an Ultrafuge as replacement for my Medieval and I…

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I recently bought an Ultrafuge as replacement for my Medieval and I am glad I did. I did try a number of boats first, including a Forplay, a XXX, a trickster, Prozone etc. I found the Ultrafuge to be the most confortable of the lot and also it made me feel confident about the moves I was trying, in fact the very first day I was in the boat I got my first flatwater splitwheel. But this bost is not only good for playing, no it is also good for river running. It has a good stable hull and it will punch through stoppers which I would have had second thoughts about trying in my Medieveal. Try an Ultrafuge, you won't be disapointed.

After 12+ years of paddling a Perception Dancer, it was time for…

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After 12+ years of paddling a Perception Dancer, it was time for my wife and I to get into playboating. At 5-9 170 pounds with size 9.5 feet, I expected to end up with a "compromise" boat - part river runner, part playboat, something like an X or Outlaw.

Surprise! Not only can I fit into an Ultrafuge, but it is more stable and easier to initiate than its competition. We demo'd the XXX (closest to same size), and the ForPlay and Centrifuge (next step up in size). While I am above the maximum recommended weight for the Ultra, I found that to be an advantage in initiating bow and stern moves. And despite my "extra" weight, the Ultra is still very managable in moving water, eddylines, ferry crossings, etc.

The ForPlay and Centrifuge were good boats, too. But once it became obvious that I could fit into an Ultra and a XXX, the larger boats lost out to the smaller ones. We believe the smaller boats will ease our learning curve for the "the latest moves". And while I probably would have been entirely happy with a XXX, the Ultra just felt more "integrated" with my body movements. As it turned out, my feelings were echoed by my wife and her friend on that same demo day... we ended up buying three Ultras!

Coming from the prehistoric "Dancer" era, it's nothing short of remarkable how someone my size can fit into boats as small as the Ultra and XXX. If you're considering a playboat, definitely go "one size smaller" than you'd otherwise expect, and see if you fit. I started off expecting to need an X, ended up with an Ultrafuge, and couldn't be happier.