Pyranha Rev M Long

Pyranha Rev M Long :
We just got this flier from Pyranha on the new REV M Long. Looks like they’ve come out with a REV for long legged paddlers in a Medium size. Cool.

If you cant read the above photo…. here’s what it says:

1) Sized for the Tall Guys.

  • This ones for tall mid sized paddlers who struggle to find a comfortable fitting playboat.
  • If you’re between 65-95 kgs and 6′ plus, try this size!

2) Pyranha Vortex Rails.

  • Let you rip up waves, then surf like a god.

3) Cockpit and Volume.

  • A Larger cockpit than the S and M sizes for easy access and better thigh grip positioning.
  • The raised knee area gives you a better position for freestyle control.

4) Modified Planing Surface.

  • Lets you spin with ease.

5) Modified Bow and Stern.

  • The Rev M-Long has a narrow bow with plenty of rocker and a narrow stern to let paddlers engage the edges with ease.

6) Latest HDPE metallocene.

  • Stiff and lightweight

Length:6’3.5″
Width: 24.5″
Volume: 56.8 gal
Weight range: 165-253 (Pyranha includes your gear for weight range So, I’d guess top paddler weight to be 220?)
Interested in one? Let us know at kayakshed.com

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Pyranha Rev

This one comes from the boys at Pyranha on their new Kayak.
You could say that the design process for the Rev started the day the 4-Twenty hit the water. From that day, Pyranha head honcho Graham Mackereth has been collecting feedback from the team from all over the world, what we liked about the boat, and more importantly, what we didn’t like and wanted changed. Now that might sound like a good plan, but keep in mind if you ask 10 team paddlers what they think about the boat, you’ll get 12 different opinions. Somehow he managed to distill all the conflicting information down and shape a prototype. Graham flew over for Gauleyfest with two prototype boats, gave them to the team and said “paddle it tell me what you don’t like about it, we want to finalize the design next week.” Cool, that’s like someone giving you a new boat to play with and saying “you can paddle it, but you’re not allowed to have fun, you have to spend the whole time thinking about what you don’t like.” Somehow I managed to have fun with it. Then over the next week or so there was a flurry of e-mails from across the globe to Pyranha headquarters in the UK, Tweaks on everything from where it needed more volume, rocker profiles, length, width, and edges to things like drainplug placement and the location of the hand grips behind the cockpit, and pictures of the plug under development going back out to the team. A few weeks later, the first pictures of production boat came out, and it looked like the process had paid off. I don’t know how Graham manages to pull together everything the team tells him, but somehow he manages to do it, and make a better boat than any one of us could make ourselves. I guess when you’ve been doing it for over three decades, you figure things out.So this week, I got my hands on the first of the finished boats, the Medium size. So what’s different from the 4-Twenty?The Yellow boat is a M/L 4-Twenty, the Orange boat is the M Rev. The Rev is a bit shorter, has a less volume in the ends and more volume around the knees and center section. The idea being to make the boat slicier for cartwheels and blunts, while keeping it retentive an poppy for loops. Lifting the knees up also makes the boat more comfortable.In this shot the, you can see the differences in volume distribution, and also that the stern has been lifted up slightly from the 4-Twenty to make it more friendly backwards, and that the stern rocker break has been moved slightly forward for better take-off from a wave. Even though the Rev looks slightly bigger, the volume distribution makes it easier to throw around.Here’s where you can see another of the big differences between the two. The planing surface on the Rev has been narrowed down considerably from the 4-Twenty, making the boat much easier to edge. This was one of the biggest problems I had with the M/L 4-twenty (and the reason I primarily paddled the S/M)- I felt like it was just a little bit too wide. Also notice the rails on the Rev are longer to help with the speed and are lifted up to make them more forgiving. The sidewall of the boat is more flared it, again to make it more forgiving.The rails on the stern have been changed, sharpened up, and extended back to make the boat track better on a wave and to make the stern release better for spins and blunts. The stern is also slightly narrower, which should help the boat take off on edge better.The other big change from the 4-Twenty is the number of sizes. I’m hearing 4 sizes now, Small, Medium (pictured), Large, and a “medium long”- a slightly stretched verison that will be optimized for tall skinny paddlers, so you guys won’t have to take out all the foot foam, thighbraces, move the seat back, drill new holes, etc and paddle a boat that doesn’t really fit you and/or is so stern heavy you can’t do anything in it.So the next thing to do was to take it out and get it on the water. I headed over to Scudders on the Delaware to meet up with Jared and get the boat wet. I’d been to Scudders once before a few years ago, and swore I’d never go back, but Jared told me things had changed there recently, and what had been a flushy green wave was now a good deep hole. Wow, this place is good now! It’s probably the best hole in New Jersey- though that’s not saying much, but it’s certainly quality. A bit like a narrower, slightly flushier Salida hole, but with a green shoulder on the surfer’s right.Jared CartwheelingJared LoopingJeremy LoopingJeremy Looping again.We figured out that since the water was cold, the best thing to do was just do really big loops to keep our heads dry. The Rev really delivered for us. The boat really came out the way I hoped it would, balanced for cartwheels, big pop for loops, snappy for blunts, loose, and above all, forgiving and easy to paddle. I slid in and felt like “ok, I know what this boat is all about.” It’s going to be a good season.

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Pyranha Everest – Sneak Peak

Pyranha has kept this one fairly quiet. We have heard very little from them about what they have up their sleeve for new 2008 products untill now… Looks like Pyranha is coming out with a biggie sized Burn aka: Pyranha Everest. Cool! I’ve heard very little besides rumors about this boat. The only thing I know for sure is derived from the following images taken at HQ Pyranha R&D in England (I just found some dimentions and expected ETA into the US end of September update added 9/5/07).

The blue boat is the Pyranha Everest the orange is the Large Pyranha Burn

Seems from the angle of the image Pyranha wants us to guess as to the Everests length. Guessing 4″ longer?

(Well close guess turns out the large burn is 8’4″ Everest is 8′ 7″. update added 9/5/07)

The Everest has a higher deck than the Burn and less edge to the hull. Looks like they are going with less sporty performance and an even greater river running spectrum- like the name would suggest – expedition paddling say Stikine? Homathko? Also looks like it would be great for the big guy (say 220 lbs to 280 lbs?) looking for a first kayak.

(Width wise turns out Pyranha Everest is same 26″ width as Large Burn. update added 9/5/07)

Again looks less edgy and more rounded than the Burn. Also seems to maintain a flatter hull – although the darker blue color can hide chines and edges – still seems flatter and more rounded than the Pyranha Burn.
Hope to have sizes and dimensions for you soon.
Thanks
John
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Pyranha Ammo

Here’s a review of the Pyranha Ammo from the boys in England. I think it’s fairly impartial (although they talk up the play more than they should the creeking performance is where it’s at – Check out the link to Todd and Ross on the video Ryan Scott put together from the little white – the link is on the bottom of this page), worth the read, and some great photos! Thanks John

I managed to get over to the artificial white water course in Nottingham yesterday, normal deal, a little lower than normal water level 20 Cummecs, normal bimble, but with a little more gradient and a little more retentiveness than usual! When on the flat the first things that strike you is the more than usual amount of rocker in the bow, and the lightning quick agility. The boat looks like it should paddle like a Creek boat, in reality it paddles more like a Seven-O. Running down the white stuff it does a very good job of staying on top of things even when the waters boily and undeceive its easy to stay on line. The rocker makes punching through and over stuff really quite easy, it also made rock splats / spins / wheels a piece of cake! Its not as fast as the Pyranha Burn around the river but this gives way around 30cm / 1ft in length to the Burn. I was still able to make all those hard to reach eddies and was even able to paddle back up to some of the play spots, after washing out. What it lacks in forward speed it more than makes up in agility. The hull tracks nicely and it give a really nice carve feeling when breaking in / out [see the photos, this thing really whips around when you drive it into an eddy]. The hull and rails are also really quite forgiving. You don’t have to hit everything perfectly, you don’t need to be concentrating on which edge to use, the boat kinda just gets on with it. Even In a hole you can briefly get away with leaning upstream with out power flipping. Even if you do get it wrong it’s balanced well for rolling, and didn’t even notice the rails too much. This boat goes big in a hole, it’s a bit of a handful, but when you get it right it goes big! The Pyranha Ammo is VERY retentive, the volume combined with the speed of the hull makes it sit in the trough of any hole / wave. This is great for retaining on shallower angled features. However in something steep with a substantial tow back [and walled in like the entry gate with 5ft of tow back] this proves, uh, interesting! However this does make it a looping machine – the peaked deck means keeping them straight is tricky but the volume certainly does ‘pop’, and then even if you completely stuff it up you can sit back and let the boat sucks you straight back into the hole. The Pyranha Ammo does beg to be played with, but when it comes to it you just cant throw it around like a freestyle boat. Now I have been spoiled by having a fast aggressive play boats to paddle by comparison, surfing the Ammo appears to be hindered and it seams slow edge to edge. But then you are carrying all of this extra volume and you cant slash the tail through like you can on a play boat. In short if you want to go and pull freestyle moves all day – go and buy a Pyranha 4 20. If you want to go and run some gnarl – then go and get a Burn. If you want o go and totally rip it up all over the river – then the Pyranha Ammo is the boat for you…

The Pyranha Ammo on the Little White Salmon – Todd and Ross – Video by Ryan Scott AKA: “Great Scott”

Thanks for reading John

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