@FredClinton great question! The best way to get to "test" out a product that we don't carry in a specific store is to order it on REI.com, have it shipped to your local REI store, and stop in when it's arrived! If, for any reason you don't love what you bought, you're then already at the store and can easily facilitate a return or exchange. We hope you're able to get on the water soon!

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