Pyranha Burn

Whitewater Kayaks
bobby@coloradokayak.com

The Specs:
Small:

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
238cm
7′ 9”
64cm
25”
238 / 63
93.5cm / 36 3/4″
48.5cm / 19.5″
17kgs
37.4lbs
From 45 – 95 kg
From 99 – 209 lbs

Medium:

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
245 / 8′
65.5 / 25¾”
275 / 72.6
93.5 / 36¾”
48.5 / 19½”
18 / 39.6
From 55 – 105 kg
From 121 – 231 lbs

Large:

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
252 /
8′ 3”
66.5 /
26 ¼”
301 / 80
93.5 / 36¾”
48.5 / 19½”
20 / 44
From 75 – 127 kg
From 165 – 279 lbs

Outfitting:

The Burn series comes equipped with their Connect 30 outfitting. There is a movable bulkhead in the front of the boat, and foam pads that stick to the foot wall. The hip pads are very comfortable, and and come with extra shims to fine tune everything. The back band works with a ratchet system that is durable and easy to use. It is also very easy to fold the back band down when putting gear in the stern of the boat. The water bottle area can also act as a throw bag holder, a nice feature for class V missions. The Burn also comes with a roll of thin foam with adhesive on the back. The foam can be applied to the area of the boat above the knees, feet or anywhere that needs some padding. Nice feature! Overall the cockpit of the boat is very comfortable and supportive.

Performance:

Pros:
CKS Squad members have been using the Burn and enjoy it on class V runs. It is very stable, and sticks tight moves very well because of the edges. The sidewall gives the boat great secondary stability. The extra rocker and volume (compared to the Ammo) helps it boof better and resurface more easily from waterfalls. The Burn would also make a great cruiser for multi day trips.
This boat is also a great choice for beginner paddlers who want to learn to kayak on a flat bottomed boat, with forgiving edges (as opposed to a displacement hull). The burn would have great primary stability for beginning paddlers, and also will introduce them to edging the boat. The edges are noticeable, but non-threatening.

Cons:
Similar to the Ammo, the Burn has edges that can get in the way if the paddler “forgets” that they are there. They can be helpful for carving in and out of micro eddies, but can also trip the boat up if the paddler is not aware that they are there.

The Verdict:

The Burn is one of the most popular creek, river running boats on the market for a reason. It is stable, comfortable, easy to paddle in a multitude of situations and sized to fit all types of people. It has some edges on it, which may appeal to the newer generation of boaters more than old schoolers used to boofing their Overflow’s or Freefalls.

2 thoughts on “Pyranha Burn

  1. robert meisburg

    I still paddle a Microbat 240 creek boat ; thinking about switching to a Burn. Is it really that much better than a microbat 240 ? The Microbat is short but
    tracks really good and seems to be stable. Any comments?

    Thanks,
    robert

    1. bobby@coloradokayak.com

      Robert,

      The Burn is definitely going to be an upgrade from the Microbat. Not only has the design of creekboats come a long way in terms of paddle-ability and safety over the last few years they are also lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Pyranha reworked the Burn in 2010 and it one of the most popular boats on the market. The Burn has quite a bit more edge than the Microbat which is going to help you stay on line in cross current and big water and the rocker profile of the Burn is going to help you stay on top of holes and resurface below drops faster. The length of the Burn is going to give you hull speed so you can keep momentum in rapids and power through features. Looking inside the boat you will find a more intuitive outfitting system that keeps you safe and more comfortable than older Pyranha designs. I know it hard to let go of a classic, but I really do recommend at least trying a Burn out. I think you will find you really enjoy the updates!

      Check out our 2010 Burn Review to see the updated boat HERE

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