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Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:05 am
by KaitsuH
Hello!

Has anyone paddled Pyranha Ripper small? My wife is very interested in it, but no possibilities to test. For my eyes it very narrow and long.

KaitsuH

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:24 pm
by gp.girl
Not that I'm good enough to use it properly but it's quick, easy to roll and pretty stable. The first thing I did with it was launch down a 10 foot ramp with a kicker and go flying landing stern first with a silly grin! Pyranha do have a demo boat and sort of important to demo one.....which you already know :(

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:49 pm
by Chalky723

gp.girl wrote:easy to roll
Does this mean you'll finally close the other bloody thread that's been running for time immemorial???

:-)

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Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:49 pm
by gp.girl
Chalky723 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:49 pm
gp.girl wrote:easy to roll
Does this mean you'll finally close the other bloody thread that's been running for time immemorial???

:-)

D
I proved it by rolling it! ;) :) Still crap at rolling, taking a break at the moment, just spending time upside down holding my breath.

EDIT sorry about the off topic

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:59 pm
by Jfoster25
I have just returned from the Alps where I've been paddling my small ripper on grade 3-4 for 2 weeks, personally, I couldn't have been happier with it. the boat is super fun, fast and responsive.

Compared to other smaller boats like the small axiom, the small ripper is still 9 foot long compared to an axioms 8 and due to the bow pretty much being the same as a 9R, with my ok boof stroke I was able to fly over all holes and stoppers.

Even though it's the small boat it doesn't feel it nor did it ever feel too big.
personally, I had an amazing time with it.

I also made a review a few months ago when I was able to demo one, the video might also help:


Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:24 pm
by KaitsuH
Thank you very much for your reviews!

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:05 pm
by Mark Dixon
We took a Ripper to Slovenia recently and quite a few of us tried it at various times, it seemed to get good reports from most but a couple saying they didnt like it.
I'm undecided myself as the pricetag is quite a lot, it took me a while to get used to it as the water grabs the stern but after a while I was smashing into eddys and surfing it dead easy. We all came to the conclusion that if you could only afford 1 boat then it was a good boat to get but if you could afford a creeker and a smaller boat then its not the boat to get.
Personally I would like a creek boat that reacts similarly so I could paddle it in bigger water without expectation of occasionally getting it wrong. It was superfast though thats for sure.
If you havent tried it I suggest you do before you fork out loads of money
Mark

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:25 pm
by tomcrow99
I tried a medium one a while back and had similar veiws to Mark. Might be good as an only boat but really couldn't see a scenario where it could justify its cost as i already own a decent creeker and a Dagger juice. I also found it quite uncomfortable.

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:25 pm
by SimonMW
I've demoed one a few times, and now I own one. Also demoed the medium, but went for the small. From various reports of who is paddling the different sizes it would appear that the Ripper will actually deal with a much higher paddler weight than the paper specs say.

Frankly I think it's one of the best white water boats ever made. It is ludicrously fast. I'm making attainments I could only previously do in my slalom boat.

I haven't had any issues of the stern catching. I forget it is there until I need it. But you will need to be a positive paddler and be edge aware. But the tail needs to be seen as a tool, like it is in a slalom boat, not a hindrance. It isn't just for play, but opens up loads of moves not possible in a creeker.

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:27 pm
by neonbowhawk
Looking forward to you doing a proper review of the small, Simon MW . Its a boat im quite interested in also

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Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:21 pm
by SimonMW
My review.
https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2018 ... -kayaking/

While I own the boat in the review, I demoed the Ripper a number of times before I bought one, so my review isn't this positive just because I bought one! It was a fairly big decision for me to ditch my creek boat in favour of a boat such as this. But it really grabbed me.

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:17 pm
by neonbowhawk
Nice review. Im even more interested now !