Many people are immediately put off from buying a Recon as a result of their not insubstantial weight (22kg). Admittedly my disability does limit me from being able to carry my own boat, but weight has still been an important consideration, given that people are now significantly less inclined to carry it for me.
Having paddled the Recon 70 for a full year, I have developed three clear reasons to explain why it’s worth the weight:
The Core Whiteout outfitting can be fully customised and has a ratchet leg lifter to offer incredible connectivity and comfort. This allows you to really crank the Recon up on its edge for aggressive carving and impressive control in big volume water. I’m also told that the leg lifter ‘cradles your genitals nicely’, which is always a bonus.
It's A Whitewater Boss
Once you find your confidence with the Recon’s speed and find your aggression with edging into turns, you’ll reap the rewards. It is very much at home in the steep creeking and big volume whitewater environments with a rocker that will have you effortlessly boofing waterfalls and gliding over hungry holes.
Tanks Are Heavy For A Reason
You’d be somewhat disappointed if you drove a tank into a rock and then immediately had to get your welding kit out. It’s for this reasons that tanks are made thick, heavy and strong. My Recon has been dragged across tarmac for a year and pitoned more times than I can remember and yet the plastic is still going strong - no splits, no gouges, no dents, no aggravation.
These factors combined mean that any sweating and back ache on the way to the river will be more than made up for once you’re on the water. If you have the confidence to boss the Recon about a bit, you will be rewarded with a comfortable, fast and controlled boat which leaves you feeling confident to push your limits and have a great time doing it.
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