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Titan Nymph – First Look

We have a pre-production Titan Nymph in for review at Unsponsored. Other than the graphics (missing on this one) and some tweaks to the outfitting this kayak is the same as the final production version.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph – First Look

We showed renders of this new boat some time ago and it created a great deal of interest.

Now let’s get this out of the way. There have been quite a few comments about how similar this kayak is to the Pyranha Ripper, Dagger Rewind etc.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph – First Look

Looking at the computer design of the Nymph could lead you to the conclusion that this boat is identical to the Ripper. Closer inspection of the real thing shows that these boats are very different. Yes they both have high volume bows and low volume sterns but the devil is definitely in the detail. The Nymph and the Ripper and indeed the Ripper and the Dagger Rewind are different boats.

For reference the Pyranha Ripper in medium is 274cm in length, 62cm wide and has a volume of 235lt. The large Ripper has the same length as the medium but is 63cm wide and 271lt.

The Nymph is 274cm long (same) is 65cm wide, which makes a huge difference and a volume of 250lt. Much wider than both the Pyranha Ripper and the Dagger Rewind.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph – First Look

The colour combination here is not one of the standard Titan offerings.

Titan Nymph - First Look

Grab handles appear well made and are good to hold. It would be good to see some security bolt being used on at least one set. May be that one on the front deck.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

The view towards the bow is interesting as it shows Titan’s trademark profile as seen on the Rival. Pointed and rounded at the same time!

Titan Nymph - First Look

In the image above there is a slight concave area on the hull. It can be seen in the orange, blue and orange transition.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

There is a hell of lot going on in the images above rails, edges and hull profiles fading in and out. Given that this is very almost the same as the bow on the Titan Rival I would suspect that the Nymph should be able to ride high, surface well and punch through just like its stable mate. Given the flat rear deck this is a must, you’d spend your time back looping otherwise.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

Compared to the Ripper the hull of the Nymph is way wider.

The deck graphics are missing on this pre-production version. Expect that large flat area to be filled by the cool Nymph logo.

Titan Nymph - First Look

The rear is super thin. I can’t recall many plastic boats getting this kind of low profile. Possibly the Liquidlogic Session, but it had a different overall profile.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

A couple of nice edges working their way back.

Titan Nymph - First Look

A bit of chine can just be seen in the hull. In the image above check out the orange area on the right between the two blue circles.

Titan Nymph - First Look

That hull isn’t flat either.

Titan Nymph - First Look

Now for the outfitting.

Titan Nymph - First Look

The basics are covered – ratchet back band, hip pads, some seriously good thigh braces with padding that extends right down the side and a full plate footrest.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

This one has space for a water bottle or throw bag to be housed but no bungee cord. Is this doesn’t appear on the production version it would be an easy fix. It does appear on other Titan boats with this “Reactor” outfitting system.

Titan Nymph - First Look

No metal washers. Excess seat/outfitting plastic?

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

I haven’t paddled the boat yet but have had a good sit in it. Plenty of foot room for my UK size 10s. The full plate footrest expands to ensure no large gaps.

Titan Nymph - First Look
Titan Nymph - First Look

Screaming out of some bungee. The cord seen at either side of the image are the loops used to keep the seat padding in place. It’s pretty easy to release and add more foam to the seat if you need to build it up.

Titan Nymph - First Look

The back band is pretty good. It’s easy to get it cranked back up. At the rear of the seat padding you may see a white area. This is where the padding is fastened to the seat with a plastic plug. I’m not sure what life this Nymph has had before landing with me but that seat padding has pulled away from the plug. The plug pulls out of the seat and can be sorted out quickly. Something to watch out for though.

Now with a world full of £1.1k kayaks the RRP of the Titan Nymph is quite surprising. Sitting at £750 with launch deals of £650 it is extremely well priced.

Specification:

  • Length: 274cm
  • Beam: 65cm
  • Volume: 250L
  • Weight: 22kg
  • Capacity: 60-105kg

Titan Kayaks: www.titankayaks.com

3 Comments

  1. How does this compare to the Dagger Rewind in its profile?

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      January 27, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      A good question. I haven’t paddled the Rewind yet as I really need a large and they are not available in the UK as yet. The medium Rewind is a fair bit shorter but the volume is higher than the Nymph. 267cm vs 274cm and 254lt vs 250lt. 64.8 vs 65cm in width so pretty much the same there. Very much looking forward to trying the Nymph over the next couple of weeks and hopefully the Rewind a little later in the year when it hits the UK. I do really love the Dagger outfitting.

  2. I have a new Rewind M, which arrived in the first shipment in to NZ on the 7th of Jan. I had a Pyranha Ripper also bought new and the was also a M. The difference I find is that Dagger have produced an incredibly well balanced kayak. With the Ripper it was very bow heavy and ultra narrow for the length which added to instability. I quite like the look of the Nymph because it’s not as narrow as the Ripper, I’m very curious about its paddling characteristics. Will it paddle like a twitchy Ripper or will it have slightly more predictability and stability in confused and fast water and across rivers

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