Best Whitewater Kayak? I The Quiver

Best Whitewater Kayak? I The Quiver

Being asked a question with no good answer can be maddening, especially when you get it all the time. Many paddlers are looking to enjoy all that whitewater kayaking offers with one boat. Here are my thoughts on why you should instead invest in a quiver of boats:

Simply put the range from a medium playboat to a medium creeker is about 3ft in length and 35-45 gallons in volume. With the rebirth of half-slice free-ride boats like the Liquidlogic Braaap, Pyranha Ripper, and Dagger Rewind have begun to be used as jack of all trades for many paddlers. While free-ride boats are fantastically fun for most situations it is important to remember that they are not a creek boat replacement, and are ill-suited for certain scenarios. Similarly, bringing a free-ride boat to a playboat run just makes no sense. Why limit yourself to front surfs instead of working on freestyle moves?


  1. Brett on May 8, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Machno. I have 9 boats…. machno by far.

    If you have one boat…. machno.

    Butter smooth

    Never tried the 4.0 rockstar, but the jitsu for a great workout.

    Next boat is the machno with the extra hull reinforcement

  2. Robert Montgomery on May 8, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    So how do you go about building a quiver. If you save for your first boat its going to be a while until you can afford your next boat. Meanwhile, your first boat is getting abused and by the time you can afford your next boat the first ones going to be absolutely wrecked and would need replacing.

  3. Ryan on May 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Main problem is, as a dad, is storage space. Kids boats, bikes, camping gear, cars, tools, all fill up a garage pretty quick.

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