If you are looking for a top of the range kayak capable of paddling the hardest water in the world… Look no further than the Pyranha Shiva, available in Small medium and large these are kayaks with tonnes of volume and the highest levels of performance imaginable.
It has a displacement hull which gives it great speed and a solid grounding when you are in the largest of whitewater meaning that the kayak has a rolling stability for quick edge to edge transfers that won’t trip you up. For years now people have moved to the Burn with its semi planning hull, and there is no denying that it is a fine piece of kit – but if you are looking for big water performance all over the world the Shiva is far superior.
Fitted out with the connect 30 outfitting it allows you to adjust the seating to fit you and alter the trim of the boat precisely so that you can get the most out of this creeking machine. It is fast, boofs REALLY easily and resurfaces like a champ. For those of you who are reading this thinking “shall I get one?” well the answer is based on your current paddling level.
If you are an intermediate to advanced whitewater paddler who finds themselves paddling grade 4 without trying, this boat will let you take on your next challenges. If you are looking at travelling the world paddling varied whitewater – you to will love it. If you are new to the sport and want to be able to paddle chunky whitewater, yes you could buy it and in some respects how could it hold you back? But I would go more down the Pyranha Burn route for that and have a boat that tells you off for being lazy on eddy lines, and can surf easily – then once your skills are up you can think about getting kayak that will hold your hand down the scary stuff! So… if you are thinking the Shiva sounds like the kayak for you check? you can find out more information about at www.hbcanoekayak.co.uk/7-kayaks .