Pyranha Machno Kayak – Review

All throughout these reviews if typically find ourselves loving versatile products. Something that you can pick up on virtually any given day, and be happy with literally. This is especially true when it comes to kayaks. Not every day out on the water is the same because it really depends on where you are that particular day. The type of paddling you are going to be doing can really vary.

 Some boats are great for specific activities like fishing, but would not be at all suitable for whitewater. If you are exclusively into fishing, it might not be a big deal, however, as we said some boats you just can’t take everywhere even if you are going to have a normal day because the water conditions may vary.

Most of the time on this site we recommend crossover kayaks as the middle ground and one of the best buys out there. Since you can easily go from fishing to running a little bit stronger currents. In this case, though we are going to be looking at a river runner type kayak. These boats can handle tough rapid conditions, have great stability, but are still comfortable enough to ride in calmer conditions. 

These boats can handle tough rapid conditions, have great stability, but are still comfortable enough to ride in calmer conditions. 

About The Product

The particular kayak in question today is the Pyranha Machno Kayak. This is a river running kayak that comes in 3 different sizes, so it is very versatile in that way. Which means to you could pick a longer or shorter version based on what the main activity you are going to do on the water is. Also, you can see which one fits your personal comfort level better. That is why we are putting it almost on the fringe of being a crossover kayak.

The longest version is essentially a high-performance crossover that is hard to find. Speed is one of the first things you notice about this kayak. The odd thing is that overall it isn’t the fastest kayak out there. What you are actually feeling is great acceleration! You can reach top speed with as low as three paddles according to some experts. This is a great feature because a lot of times when running rapids or riding waves acceleration is more important than overall speed. You can catch a certain line on the fly quickly.

Allowing you to make better decisions on the fly means you won’t have to have your line all thought up before you actually get there. It ultimately is even better for safety reasons! Hit the holes and waves you want to hit and miss those you want to avoid.


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    Width 26.2" - 26.4"
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    External Cockpit Length 36.5" - 37.4"
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    Exteranl Cockpit Width 19.5" - 21"
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    Volume 81.4 Gal - 97.2 Gal
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    Weith 47.4 lb - 50.5 lb
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    Optimum Paddler Weight 132-220 lb - 165-287 l

What we Like

A lot of things to like about this kayak. Obviously, its versatility is something that really stood out for us since we saw the boat. The great acceleration is the best performance type asset in our book. Add to that the above average maneuverability and you’ve got something special.

The stability is also great, it not only takes speed to get in and out of lines especially in very tough whitewater conditions. It is one of the best options there for people that are trying to get into whitewater kayaking because it will allow you to make that transition from slow river riding to tougher conditions.

While being extremely durable and having the overall performance to match! Which means you won't have to be buying a new boat every season, or time you want to step your game up!

It is one of the best options there for people that are trying to get into whitewater kayaking because it will allow you to make that transition from slow river riding to tougher conditions. While being extremely durable and having the overall performance to match! Which means you won't have to be buying a new boat every season, or time you want to step your game up!

What We Do Not Like

Not many things to write home about in this department. One main thing though that we didn’t like is that we did face a comfort issue at first. The seat is adjustable, but getting adjusted is a bit of a hassle. We can’t really put too much emphasis on the issue as a deal breaker or anything like that.

We do however recommend that you take care of this issue before you set out for the water. Whether it be at home or even right in the showroom. Just so that you don’t lose any fun time adjusting things, and you can just grab your Pyranha Machno and head out on the water.

Like we said, it's no deal breaker, but it is not something that should be taken lightly.

Buying Advice

One of the biggest benefits of this boat is that you have multiple options with regards to size, and we already discussed that the seat may need to be adjusted. Knowing that then we would recommend that you go and find a local dealer and actually go and sit on many boats to see which one fits best. That way once you get it you are all set and don’t have to waste time making adjustments yourself.

Plus the price tag is a little steep for an online purchase in many people’s eyes anyway so head down to a dealer. If you don’t have the luxury to do so you may want to speak directly to the seller before you just hit buy on Amazon so that you know the specifics of the boat that you are getting. As we said the price may be a little steep, but for a quality boat of this magnitude, we’d say that it is fair and reasonable.

Conclusion

The Pyranha Machno is a very versatile kayak that can fit many types of riding styles. Not to mention it is durable and at a reasonable price like we just mentioned. The only reasons that we could find to not recommend at least giving this kayak a look are if you are only into fishing, or are not planning on being in the water a lot.

Everything about this kayak is made for people who will be spending a lot of time in the water. If you don’t have that kind of time then that might be a problem. Other than that this is a boat that can be perfectly suited for experts and beginners alike. It will give you great times out on the water while keeping you as safe as possible. Go give its Amazon page a look and find out even more about the Pyranha Machno!  

Our Rating


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