Dad rock is a term used for a slice of new classic rock music that is heavily influenced by an earlier era and appeals to my age demographic.

Liquidlogic Kayak’s The Mullet Kayak Specs
Length: 9 ft
Width: 26.25 in
Weight: 45 lbs
Volume: 71 gallons
Range: 150-275 lbs
Price: $949 US
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Dire Straits’ “Sultan of Swing” is pointed to as the archetype of the dad rock genre. New music today is being produced to replicate this sound as a rebound from the over produced EDM laptop musicians popular with kids today.

If you know anything about the Mullet or are the slightest bit intuitive, you’ve probably already guessed that it’s Liquidlogic’s throwback dad rock boat. It’s time.

Whitewater kayak design and music have evolved and enough time has passed—literally a generation—for designers and musicians to poach good ideas from the past without the old school label.

An old school whitewater kayak with new school features

When I first unloaded the Mullet I remembered boats like the Perception Whiplash, New Wave Sleek, Dagger RPM Max and the Prijon Hurricane—I’d mention a Liquidlogic boat here but the company hadn’t yet formed.

Liquidlogic designer Shane Benedict and his team didn’t just remake one of these classics. That would have been too easy and quite frankly too bad.

We Can Thank David Spade As Joe Dirt For The Classic Line, “Business In The Front, Party In The Back.”

Instead, they took the best of what was fun about paddling in the ‘90s and worked in everything they’ve learned since.

If you’re that guy who thinks everything old is better just compare outfitting. Nobody even pipe dreamed something as comfortable or easy to adjust as Liquidlogic’s Bad Ass Outfitting now found in their full line of whitewater kayaks.

I’m six feet tall with size 11 feet and there is plenty of room for my chunkiest river shoes. Back in the day all we got was plastic foot pegs on aluminum rails. New is better.

a kayak balancing on rocks
A modern displacement hull, slice low volume stern and pronounced rocker. Not to mention the best boat logo ever, as voted by Rod Stewart, Travis Tritt and Joe Dirt. | Photo: Scott MacGregor

Liquidlogic’s big kayak for big whitewater

The bow gets all the volume for landing drops, crashing through holes and shedding water. The bow is also the business end for poppin’ enders and rockin’ pirouettes. The stern is lower volume and slicy for the rest of the fun stuff like surfing, blasting, splatting and squirts.

While all playboats of the ‘90s had displacement hulls, Benedict says he used modern slalom boat design to make the Mullet so fast. Two good solid strokes and the Mullet is off with seemingly no upper limit. Most noticeable compared to other boat genres, the Mullet is more work to spin.

All These Retro Tricks Are Fun To Learn And Relearn But We Can’t Ignore The Simple Addicting Pleasure Of Rocketing Around The River In The Mullet

Creekers have lots of rocker, freestyle boats are shorter with flat hulls. The Mullet has neither. Instead it has a modern displacement hull, which means it is slower to turn unless you pivot the stern like a slalom boat.

I feel like I need to be moving my upper body front to back to make the Mullet work. Carving waves, blasting foam piles, and even mid-current pivots requires front to back slalom-style upper body English—back to pivot turn and forward for straight ahead features.

Liquidlogic’s plastic kayak is mainly a creek boat

When you get in the Mullet don’t try to paddle it like a freestyle boat, but do paddle it long enough to learn it and love it.

The Mullet is an inch to two inches wider than most boats these days. It feels impervious to swirlies and crashing waves.

While the stern looks slicy there is still plenty of volume and stability there. Like boats back in the day, the Mullet comes only in one size.

Liquidlogic’s posted specs say the weight range is 150 to 275 pounds. This is both bigger at the low end and high end than their Braaap 69 and Remix 69.

No doubt Liquidlogic did their market research and knows the market for this boat is older, bigger dudes and their boys.

At only 180 pounds the Mullet was almost too much boat for me on eddylines. Slalom pivot turns were no trouble but I felt like I always needed another 40 pounds and stronger currents.

The wide beam I enjoyed for river running makes it harder to disengage the leading edge and level the tilt to get the squirt to come around and go vertical.

If you don’t know what I’m taking about, go ask your dad.

Many of the old boats are still being paddled by those who say, “I don’t have any reason to switch… this boat does everything I need it to do … there’s nothing really on the market I like.” Now there is.

The other thing that would have been hard to image in the ‘90s is ordering your music or your kayak on the Internet.

Crazy but this is how Liquidlogic rolls, they deliver right to your door. Visit one of their 54 demo centers across the country and rock a Mullet today.

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