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.
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.
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.
The colour combination here is not one of the standard Titan offerings.
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.
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!
In the image above there is a slight concave area on the hull. It can be seen in the orange, blue and orange transition.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of nice edges working their way back.
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.
That hull isn’t flat either.
Now for the outfitting.
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.
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.
No metal washers. Excess seat/outfitting plastic?
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.
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.
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.
- Length: 274cm
- Beam: 65cm
- Volume: 250L
- Weight: 22kg
- Capacity: 60-105kg
Titan Kayaks: www.titankayaks.com