The best whitewater kayaks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
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Responsive and adaptable kayak that is good at many things, great at fewer. This kayak was purchased to for use on whitewater trips, flatwater exploration, and ocean surf. That already says a lot about the boat. The Karma RG is fast in a current and tracks well in flat water even while allowing much greater maneuverability than non-WW kayaks of similar length. Although the Karma RG could be called a crossover, it lives with the LL Stinger XP in separate tier. Not only does the Karma outpace models… Full review
The plastic device on the front cockpit coaming is useful to bungie your paddle to the kayak for brief periods of time. Lay your paddle down 90 degrees to the longitudinal axis of the boat and then hook the bow bungie chord into the plastic device to lock in your paddle. The Katana is easy to outfit and the fitting can be dialed-in pretty tight because of all the pads and shims Dagger provides. I have a longer rec/touring 13 footer to use when I want to go fast in the lake or on swift moving water. Full review
This board is my first whitewater kayak and I've really honed my skills in on this one. It is a little longer than most creekers, but makes for a fast ride. Has some cool color options, and maneuvers well. Stable. Bought a Remix 69 used at NOC for their GAF sale. Great boat for my first kayak. Taken it down plenty of high class 3s and some 4s. Actually a good flat water paddling kayak considering the length and build. This makes it nice to use for casual paddling. The badass outfitting is great,… Full review
I purchased this boat for flexibility on small creeks, rivers, and some surf play as an alternate to my touring sea kayaks. I am very pleased with this boat. This boat is not a rec boat, yet is for an experienced kayaker. I live on a river where the flow varies day to day due to dams/flood control. Some days it is a grinder, others it is swift and dangerous. I purchased the Katana 10.4 as an alternative to the expedition touring kayaks that I have. Spoiled by the speed and tracking of a sea kayak,… Full review
Super maneuverable and quick around rapids. Took it on the Gauley River and it handled like a pro. I loveeeeee this kayak. <3 Full review
If you are short heighted, not very muscular, and haven't found the right kayak for you. Your search is over and you can pick this blindfolded. Special recommendation for girls. I am very excited with my Dagger Mamba 7.6. This new boat looks like the perfect choice for someone who needs one kayak that can do it all. I am a beginner I am 5'2" and 50 kgs and since last 2 years I could not find the perfect fit for me and it wasn't very encouraging. I am even more excited and encouraged to kayak… Full review
The Liquid Logic Hoss was actually my first whitewater boat, and I still have it. The Hoss is a great river runner that can also catch a wave along the way to surf, while having plenty of volume and stability to run big water. From the manufacturer, Liquid Logic: Hoss is a river runner for the paddler sized between 130 and 240 lbs. It is easy to paddle downstream and easy to roll. We took the tried and true qualities of our creek boats and joined them with a playful hull design that allows any… Full review
This boat is a happy marriage of a playboat and a river runner. I have the Jackson 2Fun made of the heavier plastic, which from what I am told is the way to go. The lighter plastic is harder to repair. I recently got this boat on sale brand-new and I have been happy with it. It is a well-liked boat and although I have only gone on one river with it, I was pleased. It was actually easier to get on ways to surf than my other shorter park and play boat. However it is not as easy to throw down, I am… Full review
The Remix 79 is a great all around boat for the beginner to the more advanced paddler. If there is anything negative to say it would have to be, in low water the 79 does seem to scrape a little often(but what boat doesn't ) when you consider the Remix is designed for a larger paddler the scrapping is normal. I'm 5'9" 225 lbs and I love this boat. Easy to control, roll, eddy just a great all around boat. River running, creeking, guiding, instructing no problem, this is a boat I will keep on the water. Full review