This one has been kicking around for some time in the archives. The Burn is super popular kayak. It is pretty versatile and is liked/loved by beginners and experienced paddlers alike.


The Burn has become a firm favourite with creekers here in the UK and across the globe. The Burn has received a few design tweaks over the years (2010) but still remains one of the best allround kayaks in production.

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The Burns carving rails give a precise and controlled feel, letting you drive around the river easily and the flat hull lets you surf and ferry with style.

Performance focused design makes the Burn exactly what you need for having pinpoint accuracy and boofing down rivers like a Pro.

If you like to make every little micro eddy and work the river and enjoy a stylish and technical run then the Burn is probably the one for you.

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The Burn is available with Pyranha’s Connect 30 outfitting. I won’t bore you with the details, it’s really good (read my thoughts on the Jed if you want to know more about Connect 30). Plenty of clip in points for kit are supplied and they work well.

I’ve never owned a Burn but have paddled the large version on many different occasions on varying types of water. The hull of the Burn is of the planning variety. Essentially the hull is flat with strong edges running for almost the full length of the boat. The Burn is stable and pretty forgiving. Secondary stability is great and the Burn definitely helps your confidence when paddling tougher water.

The boat will boof well and is a perfect size for some of the tight rivers we have here in the UK. It’s speedy enough on the flat sections and is a comfortable place to be for a full day on the river.

Most paddlers will find that the Burn will fulfil most of their requirements with the exception of freestyle performance and it is definitely worth considering if you are on the look out for an all round comfortable kayak.