Stability-Series Racing Kayak

The Reliance

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  • Length
    4.9 meter
  • Width
    550 mm
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Standard Build
    Fibreglass $2650, Fibreglass/Carbon/Kevlar composite $3050

From $2,650.00 NZD

Previously named the Eliminator, the Reliance is the proven combination of stability, maneuverability, comfort and reliability that new Kayakers love.  With a composite construction of Fibreglass and Kevlar the Reliance is light, efficient and robust.  We also offer an extremely economical option of Fibreglass-only layup for The Reliance to help new Multisporters get started on a budget.  The very stable hull has a sensible length so you'll find The Reliance easy to control in the wind and waves and easy to navigate down grade 2 rapids. The Reliance also out-performs plastic alternatives for speed and is lighter for lifting onto roof-racks.


Stability-Series Racing Kayak

The Argo

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  • Length
    4.9 meter
  • Width
    520 mm
  • Skill level
    Confident Beginner
  • Standard Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3290
  • Elite Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3540

From $3,290.00 NZD

Previously named the Esprit, the Argo is an achievable step into more responsiveness and speed for kayakers who like to retain plenty of stability.  The Argo has a similar hull to the Reliance but is slightly narrower through the mid-section.  It feels solid on the water and responds like a dream.  If you are a confident beginner or ready to take the next step in your kayaking progression, this is the perfect racing kayak for you.

  • Fishform hull design for efficiency, comfort and confidence
  • Sensible length for easy, quick manoeuvring 
  • Easy to control in winds
  • Capable of good results

 


N-Series

The N2

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From $0.00 NZD

 You've told us you want more length, less bottom drag, more primary stability, more speed, more comfort, more control, more strength, less weight.  We've listened.  The N2 is coming soon and will be an extremely versatile, fast but easy to paddle kayak for intermediate paddlers.  Watch this space.

 


Intermediate Multisport Racing Kayak

The Gyro

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  • Length
    5.2 meter
  • Width
    480 mm
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • Standard Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3650
  • Elite Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4000

From $3,650.00 NZD

What's in a name?  Grahame Sisson designed what he called the Nucleus range after many years of designing and building racing kayaks.  Nearing the end of his full-time career he took lessons from what worked and what didn't work into a design that he considers to be his best ever.  We love paddling this range of boats and so we decided it would be fitting to re-name it after Grahame - whose nick-name is Gyro.  An apt nick-name for a clever, well researched man with exceptional ingenuity and innovation.

The Gyro blends a slippery-fast, rounded hull with elegantly flared sides for excellent secondary stability.  The result is a hull that gives you the best of both worlds - elite-level speeds with intermediate-level stability.

For progressing intermediate paddlers, the Gyro is an excellent step into the world of slippery hulls.  It won't feel rock-solid like a flat-bottomed beginner boat at first, but after just a few sessions in this boat paddlers learn to relax and utilise the hull's excellent secondary stability.  It's like having a nice safety net - all the feedback without the consequences.  Soon, the "wobbles" subside, better balance comes and with it the comfort and confidence to paddle a fast, narrow racing hull.

For expert paddlers, the Gyro is a super-fun kayak that reminds you how much fun paddling can be.  It's shorter length compared to most elite boats makes it much more nimble in rapids.  It rails nicely just like your elite boat, but it feels much more stable.  Imagine having the confidence to take both hands off the paddle in moving water to eat.  And here's the kicker - it's just as fast as your elite boat. It really is. In all of our testing in various conditions under a range of power inputs, the Gyro has performed as good, if not better, than the elite boats we've tested against.  There is no speed compromise for the convenience of this shorter, more stable hull, due to it's very clever design.

The Gyro comes in three sizes to suit paddlers with the following weight ranges:

  • Small: 40-72 KG 
  • Medium: 65-85 KG
  • Large: 80+ KG 

Please note that these weight ranges are related to the boat's handling in rough water.  A small Gyro can be paddled on flat water with great results by a large (80+ kg) paddler.


Advanced kayak for paddlers just pushing into this category

Evolution Advance

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  • Length
    5.9 m
  • Width
    445 mm
  • Skill level
    Advanced
  • Optimal paddler weight range
    70-110 kg
  • Standard build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fiberglass composite $3890
  • Elite build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4240

From $3,890.00 NZD

 

The Evo Advance is a modified version of the Evo Spectre that adds a little extra comfort, stability and maneuverability.  This kayak is perfect for intermediate-level paddlers who are ready to take the next step in their progression or for advanced paddlers who want to feel at ease in turbulent water.  

This kayak has the lively feel of an Elite kayak but at 445 mm at it's widest point there is plenty of secondary stability for relaxed paddlers.  

 


Advanced Multisport Racing Kayak

Evolution Spectre

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  • Length
    6.1 meter
  • Width
    425 mm
  • Skill Level
    Advanced
  • Standard Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3890
  • Elite Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4240

From $3,890.00 NZD

This is the boat that changed the river racing landscape for multisport kayakers and other competitive kayakers throughout the world.  A collaborative project between Steve Gurney and Grahame Sisson that considered length, width, volume, draft and rocker to Steve's exacting requirements to make the fastest possible boat for him to win the Coast to Coast event. The first "long boat" was born, which straddled the peaks of wave trains rather than diving between and was narrow enough to enable a typical sized paddler to press the hull deep enough into the water to achieve it's full waterline length.  It was a true evolution in kayak design and it performed extremely well.  Since it's introduction, the "Evo" has been a big part of Multisport history, being paddled to numerous wins and record times in many races.

The Evolution Spectre was previously called the Evolution Classic and is the foundation of the Evo range.  It wasn't actually the exact width that Steve originally wanted but was a compromise that enabled a bit more space for larger paddlers and added stability for a wider range of paddler abilities.  As a result, this boat best suits paddlers over 75 kg.

Is it still competitive today?  You bet.  Water and wind dynamics haven't changed and many of the records achieved in this boat still stand strong.  Our objective is to revitalise this successful design with updated fittings and styling to keep it relevant in today's and tomorrow's market.  This will take shape during 2019 and beyond.  That's why we kept the name Evolution.

If you're a 75+ kg, advanced paddler and you want a fast boat that offers a little extra stability when you're fatigued from a big day of racing, this is the perfect boat for you.

 


Elite Multisport Racing Kayak

Evolution Vanquish

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  • Length
    6.1 meter
  • Width
    400 mm
  • Skill Level
    Advanced to Elite
  • Standard Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $3890
  • Elite Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $4240

From $3,890.00 NZD

The Vanquish is for Elite level paddlers who want to win.  At only 400 mm wide the Vanquish is not for the faint hearted and has proven itself unbeatable in capable hands.  This is the boat that Steve Gurney had originally wanted, then finally received and used to good effect when he overtook Keith Murray on the river in their momentous 2001 Coast to Coast showdown.

Due to the narrow waterline this hull is incredibly slippery through the water and the carefully calculated length offers perfect wave straddling on most grade 2 river wave-trains.  Lighter paddlers will press the hull sufficiently into the water to realise the optimal waterline length.  There's enough volume to cope with heavier paddlers who want the fastest hull available, too.

Like the Evo Spectre, the top deck is carefully designed to shed water from the bow and avoid catching wind.

The tough rudder system provides surprisingly high levels of manoeuvrability for a long boat, and just the right amount of rocker at each end of the hull makes this boat very predictable in the boils and cross currents of rivers.  The Vanquish holds its line and holds its speed, but will turn quickly and precisely when required.

At Nautique Paddle Sports NZ we believe that paddling an Evolution Vanquish is a perfectly valid and respectable life goal.  The Vanquish is a beautiful beast.

 

 


Elite Racing Kayak for lighter paddlers

Evolution ONE

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  • Length
    6.1m
  • Width
    400mm
  • Skill level
    Advanced to Elite
  • Optimal paddler weight range
    Turbulent water: up to 70kg. Flat water: up to 90kg
  • Standard build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass $3890
  • Elite build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass $4240

From $3,890.00 NZD

The Evo ONE is for lighter, Elite level paddlers who want to level the playing field with the bigger, stronger paddlers.  At only 400 mm wide the Evo ONE is as slippery as they get and with reduced rocker, even feather-weights can enjoy the potential speed from a full-length waterline.  The cockpit is also positioned further forward to help keep the bow down under full power which all but eliminates stern-squat and further improves water-speed.  

Paddlers under 65 kg often struggle to overcome surface friction in longer boats, compared with bigger, stronger paddlers.  Light paddlers also fail to press the bow properly into the water in other Elite kayaks, especially under power, which further slows the boat down.  The Evo ONE overcomes both of these obstacles, allowing lighter paddlers to foot it with anyone.

The top deck is cleverly sculpted into the front of the cockpit to reduce the height and enable shorter athletes to paddle easily.  

The Evo ONE is optimized for light paddlers on flat water but can be also be paddled on rivers by skilled paddlers and by heavier paddlers who want to maximise their flat water speed.  Can heavier Elite paddlers (above 65 kg) paddle the Evo ONE on rivers too?  Absolutely, but they will be better in a Vanquish which they will find more maneuverable.  An ideal setup for Elite paddlers upward of 65 kg is to have an Evo Vanquish for river use and an Evo ONE for flat water use.

 

 


Double, Adventure Racing Kayak

Voyager AR

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  • Length
    6.6 meter
  • Width
    550 mm
  • Standard Build
    Carbon/Kevlar/Fibreglass composite $5790

From $5,790.00 NZD

The Voyager is an ideal touring and adventure racing double kayak for experienced paddlers.  Compared to the Touring model, the AR model is stripped back to basics with just two sealed compartments.

The “Greenlander” bow provides dynamic lift when the boat strikes a wave, thus keeping the bow paddler drier and paddling harder.  The Humps© allow the stern paddler to keep his or her feet in the normal straight-up orientation allowing a much stronger paddling position and better comfort. The deckline tubes and Sidetanks© add strength and stiffness to the Voyager so that it rams “shudderless” through large waves.

The Real hatches keep the two pressure tested compartments dry at all times.

The Voyager also comes standard with decklines and a fully retractable rudder.

In adventure racing conditions the Voyager is extremely well regarded by many of the sports' top competitors.

Some unsolicitored quotes:-
Jeff Mitchell – “You have another good boat there! Quick on the flat water of Lake Coleridge which we were first across after the group started together on the second day. I was in the front of one, really nice to paddle. It felt like a racing boat as it was going so cleanly through the water. Stable, quick, appears really solid, and looks damn good. It is on my shopping list for later!”
Nathan Fa’avae – “Left the JKK boats in our dust”
Steve Gurney – “Three Voyagers went cruising to Ripapa Island two nights ago. A stiff Easterly blew up for our return, so I got out the kite. YEEEEEEEHHHHHHHAAAAR! Ian and I were launching off waves, skipping past the others having the time of our lives! What a blast! Nice boats thanks Gyro (Grahame's nickname), they handle the rough and tumble really well. Lisa and I took it fishing to Motunau Beach. We caught 9 Blue Cod. Lisa and I are just about to out for an hour or so now. That makes it 5 days in a row in the Voyager.”
Jim Davidson – “We love our boats”
Ian Adamson – “The boats went really well, and we did our best to destroy them! John managed to pile into a cliff doing 15 knots on the Rakaia, and only succeeded in making a 10cm crack in the nose! Mike and I went over a 1 metre drop and seesawed for a minute or so over the lip before plunging down into the river. We didn’t notice the boat flex even a mm”