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Category Archive: Tests and Reviews

Feedback on kayaks from around the world

03
May

9R vs 9R II

The week before the big reveal, the guys at Pyranha asked me to take out the new 9R II, along with the original 9R, and compare my thoughts on the performance of the two. Here’s what happened…

17
Apr

Pyranha Ripper | My Go-To Boat

I seriously cannot get enough of this boat! The Ripper is perfect for everything from waterfalls, to big volume rivers, to low volume creeks.

20
Mar

Big Water Appreciation for the Machno!

It isn’t as rewarding as the 9R, and it doesn’t feature the learning curve, everyday joy and surprises of the Ripper, but my goodness when the river is rowdy am I happy to be in my Machno!

08
Feb

Fun Lovin’ in Chile!

Fresh from a big expedition, the plan was to head back to Chile and take time to work on my paddling foundations; this meant stripping back and going back to basics.

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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