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The Nirvana brings speed, stability, and maneuverability to any class of whitewater, inspiring confidence like never before. High bow rocker keeps you dry while flying over waves and holes, making the Medium Nirvana a sub-9’ racing machine. However, unlike many racing kayaks, the Nirvana is accessible— both responsive and forgiving— such that it feels at home on everything from beginner whitewater to the most demanding Class-V rapids. If you want a performance inspiring river-running/creek boat that’ll knock rapids down a class, then the Nirvana is the boat for you! Available in two sizes, M and L.

Medium | Length: 8’11.5″ • Width: 26.5″ • Height: 14.5″ • Max Paddler: 210 lbs • Cockpit Size: 34.5″ x 20.5″ • Volume: 86 gal • Weight: 44.5 lbs • MSRP: $1399

Large | Length: 9’4″ • Width: 27.5″ • Height: 15.5″ • Max Paddler: 270 lbs •  Cockpit Size: 36.5″ x 21.5″ • Volume: 97 gal • Weight: 51 lbs • MSRP: $1399

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Pure River-runner who doesn't care about racing? This is STILL your boat.

Posted by clay wright on November 11, 2019

Because nailing every line precisely is the key to being fast, the Nirvana might be a ‘race-length’ boat but it’s actually just a great creek boat for most paddlers on most rivers. I usually prefer shorter boats, but I’ll choose the Nirvana over Hero, Karma, Zen every time now because it’s the funnest and easiest to paddle of the creek boats we’ve created. Dry through waves, skips across holes, carves hard into eddies, blasts across boils… and all of this with impressive stability. Give it a tray. Medium best from 140-190lbs.

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  1. Jim Fulton

    Hi, I have a 2019 (Nirvana) and all the specs state max paddler weight as 240 lbs. and now for the 2020 you are staiting max paddler weight is 210 lbs. has there been a change to the boat?

    • Clay Wright

      Hey Jim – good question! Could you be looking at the Large and the Medium? Could also be we made an error. As the Nirvana was launched, we were coming from the Zen and many were saying ”I love the Medium and I’m 210 lbs!” so I think we reflected that in the specs. If it said 240 for the medium, that was just an error – sorry. In general I divide between M and L at 200lbs, although many at 190 like the Large better and a few over 200 prefer the Medium. No change to the boat, smaller people have really started loving it as well. If it says max of the Large is 210 … that’s just silly. Clay

  2. Jake

    What is the recommended minimum paddler weight for a medium nirvana?

    • Clay Wright

      Hey Jake! We’ve got Team members at 130 who think it’s great and I’m 170 and paddled the LG and really enjoyed that too. I would guess most people under 135 would go ahead to the Zen S but there’s a lot of personal preference to the equation. If you are shorter, an extra seat pads or hip pad shims under your existing seat pad can help make the ”fit” a bit snugger. Good Luck! Clay

  3. Montana Mark

    Hey Jackson,

    I/we can’t race the Large in the 9 foot class anyway, so if you make another Nirvana about 10 feet long or even more, it will be a dream on big or huge water. And, please don’t skinny it up -keep it wide.

    Montana Mark


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