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  • #3181
    Phitty
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    Anyone?
    Harris – you paddled it on a wave yet?

    #23470
    Safety_5th
    Participant

    Hi Phil

    I paddled a 54 all summer and got into a 58 for about a month in the spring and thought it was one of the best boats I’ve ever paddled. Maybe the best Garb boat ever…

    The 54 is great but anyone over 170lbs or anyone trying combo moves will bury the stern a lot landing backwards. The 58 doesn’t have this problem and the edge is slightly softer to make it a little easier to control on a violent fast feature.

    Last fall a member of the Canadian National team (note: no national team paddlers are on team Riot) told me he thought the astro was amazing and definitely produced the biggest bounces he had ever experienced.

    They got this one right, everything but the thigh braces, what a joke they may as well not even be there. Oh well at least they’re better than those silly synergy braces they had that used to move around.

    B

    #23471
    Phitty
    Participant

    Thanks Brendan – but what about speeeeed.
    Ive heard lots of good things aboot the Astro but not much on the 58. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    Once it warms up Ill grab the demo from the shop and take it for a rip.

    P.

    #23472
    harris
    Participant

    Phitty I’m pretty new so anything I have to say about the boat you’d find out within your first time paddling it I bet haha.

    harris

    #23473
    stefano
    Participant

    Hey Phitty

    I paddled that Astro 54 last summer, and the boat was fine – obviously faster and looser then my old boat – it was comfy even at my (our) size. The outfitting was kinda weird, I didn’t even put the thighbraces in, just used the deck of the boat as a brace – seat was easy to adjust though. I would imagine the 58 would be just right. I would have picked one up last fall, it just didn’t work out to get it.

    Again, the boat was fast – not as fast as the orbit fish though.

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