As the name suggests, the 9R L is still just shy of 9′ in length, but additional volume has been carefully distributed to carry more gear, larger paddlers or blast through bigger volume features and steeper rivers. The 9R L is for larger paddlers and those who are pushing the limits of the sport, but it’s far more than just a big 9R.
Pyranha, on the 9R L, moved the rear grip handles to the stern edge to allow comfortable lowering of the boat, easier access in bow pin situations and improved swimmer rescue capabilities. The key thinking behind this move though was to remove the scoop created by most stern handles and prevent you looking at the sky at the bottom of bigger drops; it definitely worked!
To maintain the effortless maneuverability and forgiving nature of the 9R hull, the softened sidewalls at the stern remove any pressure build up when the 9R L is fully loaded and sitting lower in the water, so you can literally nudge the boat with your knees for ultra-precise course corrections.
The revised stern rocker on the 9R L to maintains lateral speed when traveling through features and the added slight V in the rear of hull help improve tracking during the forward power phase and loosen up the stern during turning stokes. The 9R L’s relocated drain plug to the side of the stern to allow efficient drainage whilst shoulder carrying and put it further out of harm’s way.
Swede Form Hull // Asymmetric Swede form hull with narrow width for speed.
Continuous Rocker // For speed.
Wave Deflector // The latest Pyranha innovative feature, deflects most waves away from the kayak, generating dynamic lift and stopping surface tension, so it doesn’t load the kayak with massive weight and slow the kayak down.
High, Rounded, Flatter Bow // High bow to lift over obstacles, punch through holes and resurface quickly. Rounded edges for forgiveness help to keep you on-line. Flatter bow hull directs water under hull for quick bursts to hull speed.
Slight Edge // Starting in the center running to stern for control.
Release Off Stern // Clean release off stern with edge.
Aluminium Grab Handles // Aluminium grab handles are stronger and more durable. Attached with captive inserts for a drier ride.
Stout Seat // Longer, more ergonomically shaped seat pan provides a 3 way adjustable system that gives a bomb proof seating position.