Discover four of the year’s best whitewater kayaks from Dagger, Liquidlogic, Pyranha and Verus Kayaks. Whether you’re looking for a whitewater kayak for downriver play, or ultra-fast creeking, or one with lightning-fast speed for challenging creeks, Paddling Magazine has rounded up four of our top picks.
The Best Whitewater Kayaks for 2020
Meet Dagger’s next whitewater icon—the Rewind. The ultimate downriver playboat for paddlers of all abilities, the Rewind over delivers on what boaters want and need from a modern whitewater kayak, including piercing river running capabilities complemented by an exciting play-ability that allows you to add new tricks to your arsenal.
Alpha from Liquidlogic
Liquidlogic started the nine-foot fast creeker river runner revival and the Alpha is the latest creation in the class. This machine has a large smooth transitioning bow rocker and flatter center hull section. Longer boats no longer have to be hard to paddle. This baby is nimble! The subtle kick rockered stern profile is modeled after the Braaap, which gives it a predictable quick carving fun feel on the water.
9R II from Pyranha
The 9R kickstarted a creek boat design revolution; now it’s time to raise the bar with the 9R II. This sports car of a kayak is an exhilarating ride on any river, its narrow width not only increases the 9R’s dynamic speed, but also offers immense connectivity, effortless rolling and lightning-fast edge-to-edge transitions.
Gladiator from Verus Kayaks
The goal of the Gladiator was to create a displacement hull with a smooth rocker that transitioned from bow to stern. The Gladiator is 76 gallons, which lends itself well to being what Verus envisioned as a playful creeker, somewhere between a half slice and full-blown creek boat. Its versatility makes it a perfect match for challenging creeks or substantial eddylines ideal for stern squirts.