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This is our 'one boat option', designed for those wanting to take the same boat they use at their local playspot over to the rivers, or out in the surf.
This new design is playful when it needs to be, but still has the classic Pyranha predictability you need when you want to run clean lines through harder rapids. A slightly narrower hull and stepped release stern give faster edge to edge response and overall speed. This is combined with a modified double rail and improved volume distribution to enhance the user friendly feel of the i4. It's proven 'Form Lift' bow lets the i4 ride over features that just bog down other boats. Quick and responsive the i4 is a true evolution on from the ever popular i3 series.
One of the best river running, surf kayaks of the past decade. Smooth, fast, well balanced, predictable and in a range of 3 sizes. This kayak can handle up to grade 4. It's at it's best on big waves.
i4 A great Allrounder!
About the reviewerI've been paddling two years and this is the first boat I bought - I'm now a 3-star and paddle mainly grade2/3 whitewater when the chance arises
Test environmentnene WW course, lower Tryweryn, river Teifi, local playspots, anywhere with a wave...
ReviewThe Pyranha i4 is no longer in production but can still be found on ebay for around £250-£350. The boat is attractive to look at and still quite modern in design. It is sold as the only boat you will ever need but I find it is way too heavy and big to be a playboat (not that I have the skills) but it is an excellent river-runner! I initially had a problem with broken fittings but pyranha did send replacement parts for free (sent the wrong ones several times but at least I now have some extra free spares). This boat is a river runner par excellence and has handled everything I have put it through and still comes back for more - very stable and very easy to roll - also good in the sea (but the fittings will rust so wash it down properly)
ConclusionI would recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a good allrounder but especially for running whitewater grades 2-4
Weight: 95 kgs
Too big for me!
I'm a fifteen year old paddler who is quite new to playboating, but I have bought a Pyranha Prozone recently. I can hardly do flatwater tricks because of my weight and I am learning to paddle on moving water @ Holme Pierrepoint. My hand roll is bombproof (just in case you wanted to know that).
About the test environment
This was at a Desperate Measures demo day and the location was at the pond (practice gates) near the slalom course, OK hardly the place for a playboat but I am only a relative novice.
As you can probably tell by the title this boat practically swamped me but that is what you expect from a demo boat. It went quite quickly in a straight line for a playboat and turned fairly well. Burying the nose or even wetting the front was an impossible task for me so double pumping it was well out of bounds.
The I4 L is for someone a hell of a lot bigger than me. It is made for big water, I would probably use it for that but I wouldn't be playing in it. If it is comfort you're after, I would recommend this as the outfitting is as good as we have come to expect from Pyranha. But for me, the bad points seriously outweigh the good so I'm sticking to my trusty Prozone.
Weight: 80 kgs