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. 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. To maintain the effortless manoeuvrability and forgiving nature of the 9R hull, the sidewalls have been softened at the stern to 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 stern rocker on the 9R L has been revised to maintain lateral speed when travelling through features and a slight V has been added in the rear of hull to improve tracking during the forward power phase and loosen up the stern during turning stokes. The 9R L’s drain bung has been relocated to the side of the stern to allow efficient drainage whilst shoulder carrying and put it further out of harm’s way. As it’s anticipated that the 9R L will be used in more demanding and adventurous locations, a security point has been added to the bow of boat for increased rescue options and added haulage possibilities during extreme portaging.
The 9R L is here, and we’re incredibly proud to put our name to it.