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Category Archive: Tests and Reviews

Feedback on kayaks from around the world

05
Jan

A Whole New Love for the Ripper!

The Ripper is the best choice of kayak for people looking to learn how to whitewater kayak, not just bimble down over the top, but learn how to ride every part of it and shred every rapid.

29
Nov

See Your Local Run Differently

Pyranha Kayaks are truly By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts, and we’ve been getting seriously enthusiastic about paddling the 12R recently… Andy Butler, Ex-Paddlesport Coach/Kayak Bum turned UK Sales Manager As the lead sceptic whenever the guys at Pyranha US raised the topic of producing a Pyranha longboat (and that was quite frequently!), I have to say, I was wrong! …

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21
Oct

Lessons Learnt Through Changing Kayaks

As I think back to the different kayaks I have used, I find it interesting to reflect on all of the lessons they have taught me. I used to be a diehard freestyle kayaker, and dropped pretty much everything in a freestyle kayak until I met Dave Fusilli and got into a creekboat (a Shiva) …

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18
Oct

The 12R Has Landed!

That’s right, the container has reached the shores of the USA, been unloaded, and the first production 12Rs have seen water! We really turned our ‘By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts’ ethos on its head for this one, and made something that is first and foremost For Enthusiasts, so let’s hear what just some of those enthusiasts …

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03
Jul

This One Goes to 12: Prototyping the 12R

The Pyranha 12R met another milestone this week when plastic prototypes hit the river in the UK and USA on a variety of whitewater; testing like this gives us a chance to try ideas that may or may not make it into the final version, and we anticipate some things will bleed over into other …

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21
Jun

To Machno or to 9R? Tough Choices Creek Boat Review

While neither the 9R nor the Machno are new to the creek boating and river running scene, it wasn’t until just recently that I was able to use each of them extensively on various styles of whitewater. Overall, I would happily take either on any style of river run. They do have some fundamental differences and compliment …

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06
Jun

The Pyranha Ripper: A Modern Icon

When the concept of the Ripper started being discussed I was immediately very excited. A boat that paddled like a slalom boat, played like an old school playboat, and ran rivers like a creek boat. The key features had to add up to a boat that you could not only spend hours doing tailies looking …

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21
May

Pyranha Ripper: Smiles Beyond The River

When I heard Pyranha was going to produce a slicy kayak my interest was awakened straight away. I just love kayaks that make rivers more playful. What I am looking for in a slicy boat is the perfect mix between being playful and still being able to run harder rapids on the river. I was …

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17
Apr

To the Machno, “I’m Sorry!”: A Review by Bren Orton

You’ll have to forgive me for sounding elitist in the following few sentences, but when I hear a kayak described using words like ‘predictable’, ‘forgiving’, or ‘confidence inspiring’, my initial thoughts are, “boooooring… not for me!” View it as you will, but I love high performance, aggressive kayaks that require you to put in the …

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15
Mar

Medium Machno Review | Southern Hemisphere

Over the past decade South American has earned its reputation for possessing world-class whitewater and been marked as the top grounds for modern whitewater exploration. On the fence if I wanted to take my known and trusty 9R or the new Machno that I had paddled very little, I decided to give the Machno the …

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