Perhaps you are aware of a new paradigm in kayak design: the Crossover Kayak. Bridging the gap between rec boat and whitewater boat, these kayaks allow you to own one boat to do it all. Recently I had the opportunity to try a couple of Crossover Kayaks on the Cheat Canyon, a class IV-V big water run with plenty of long pools – the perfect testing ground for these boats.
First up, the Pyranha Fusion. I have to say that I really enjoyed this boat – it is phenomenal in the whitewater! Handles like an old school long whitewater boat with clean, smooth edges, quick resurfacing, and ample rocker. I was pulling big slalom-type moves and getting excellent surfs in this boat. It definitely leans more towards the whitewater side of things.
Overall, the Fusion gets 5 out of 5 stars for whitewater, and 3 out of 5 for flatwater for a total of 9/10.
Are you curious about the Remix XP? I tried that one too, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read the review. Until then…