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Category Archive: Tests and Reviews

Feedback on kayaks from around the world

14
Mar

The Octane 175- Pyranha’s New Surfski

When Pyranha came out with their new Surfski, the Octane 175, I was excited to try it out and now after 10 weeks it just keeps getting better.  This ski is perfect for beginning to intermediate paddlers: those who want to learn, play in the surf or try their hand at racing.  I wanted a …

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20
Jan

Thoughts on the Pyranha Speeder

“The Pyranha Speeder is a great boat to introduce the wing paddle technique, as it is stable enough to concentrate on the paddling technique rather than on balancing the boat; the Speeder also has good speed on flat water.” – Stefan Siebert, Senior Lecturer German Sport University Cologne “The Speeder really excels when paddling the …

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14
Oct

The Pyranha 9R Large: My New Favourite Kayak

For years I have considered the Pyranha Everest the ultimate big water/multi-day whitewater kayak, however, over the last few months I have come to a sad realisation; it is time for me to retire my beloved Everest in favour of my new favourite whitewater kayak, the 9R Large. I initially decided to give Pyranha’s 9R Large …

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02
Aug

Anglesey’s Stacks and Skerries in the Pyranha Octane

After paddling the Octane on Llyn Padarn I wanted to try it out at sea in wind, waves and moving water. My kayaking buddies for this trip were Ed and Abi Loffil.   The Pyranha Octane with the Flat Earth Sail fitted Ed and Abi had a head start on the outward leg so I followed them 20 minutes …

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23
Jun

Why I still love the Burn III

I have paddled the 9R and it is hands down a fantastic boat, but even though the 9R is great, I still paddle my Burn III. I like the size of the Burn III, the edges, and how it paddles loaded with gear. I live in Idaho and I mostly paddle big water, and I …

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05
May

Allow Me to Reintroduce the Z.One!

Owning just one kayak seems a thing of the past; in the days of kayaks becoming more and more specialised, many paddlers have multiple boats and a range of options depending on what kind of water they want to paddle. Having observed the transition from paddlers doing everything from rodeo to waterfalls in the same …

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27
Feb

Wairoa Extreme Race 2016

I have been out in New Zealand for 2 months now, getting excited for the arrival of my new 9R.  It turned up a day before the Wairoa Extreme Race so, needless to say, I was super excited to try it out. This annual race is the first in the NZ Extreme WW race; Wairoa, …

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06
Jan

The One and Only, Pyranha Shiva

Back in the summer of 2015 I got my first creek boat and it was a Pyranha Shiva Small. My first run in it was on the Upper Nantahala, after that I used it on the Upper Gauley, Tellico, and the South Sauty. The boat was perfect, every boof I hit, the boat just flew …

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03
Jan

9R – She Be Lovin’ It!

The 9R is without a doubt the most fun and dynamic kayak I’ve ever paddled. I am not great at looking at a kayak’s design and immediately understanding how it will behave in whitewater, so after seeing footage and hearing that the 9R was designed to be a fast boat, I assumed speed would come with a …

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19
Dec

River Leading or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Boat

Through our relationship with Pyranha it really shows how much they care about the grassroots of the sport and not just the big names out there winning races and pushing boundaries. Over the weekend a few universities from the southwest met up on Dartmoor for a 4* course going through river leadership, safety, and group …

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