The 2010 Pyranha Burn

It’s 32 degrees outside, there’s snow on the ground, the water is flowing at a frosty 480cfs and we just got a shipment of redesigned 2010 Pyranha Burn’s. What do you do in this situation? Paddle!


Casey’s paddled the old Burn quite a bit, so he was a great person to have test drive this new boat. We were curious to know exactly what the differences between the old and new boats were. Here’s what he thought:

Specs:

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
252 /
8′ 3”
66.5 /
26 ¼”
301 / 80
93.5 / 36¾”
48.5 / 19½”
20 / 44
From 75 – 127 kg
From 165 – 279 lbs

Medium

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
245cm / 8ft
65cm / 25.6″
279 Lt / 74 Gal
93.5cm / 37″
50cm / 19.6″
19Kgs / 41.8Ibs
55-105 Kgs
121 – 231 Ibs

Small

Length
cm / ft
Width
cm / ft
Volume
Litres / US Gal.
External Cockpit Length
cm / ft
External Cockpit Width
cm / ft
Weight
kg / lbs
Suggested optimum load weight range
(inc. paddler)
238cm
7′ 9”
64cm
25”
238 / 63
93.5cm / 36 3/4″
48.5cm / 19.5″
17kgs
37.4lbs
From 45 – 95 kg
From 99 – 209 lbs

Pros:

  • There is more bow and stern rocker. Paddling it on Pine Creek and The Numbers at low water, with ice jams abound was a good environment to test how quickly the boat turned. It did really well (Casey’s exact words were “super maneuverable). The 2010 Burn likes to hang out in tight spaces. Micro eddies are your friend.
  • The edges are a little bit softer, but still there. It is not as severe as before, but will surely remind you that they there if you get caught off guard. This is a precise creek boat that will get you to where you want to go. It also does really well in big water too. It’s easy to surf and ferry your way around currents and waves.
  • More volume in the stern will make you stable, keep you from getting back endered even more than before, and add confidence to your game. Cool logo too.
  • The new peaked (tent shaped) deck sheds water better than the old version. Since it is more peaked (angled), the water comes off easier and quicker. You will resurface quicker.
  • There is better outfitting this year. The 2010 Burn still has the Connect 30 setup, but there are velcro hip pads with shims, instead of the old system that had the screw. You can outfit the entire boat, and be browning the drop of your choice in less than 15 min.

Cons:

  • The added rocker makes the 2010 Burn a little bit slower. This is not really a bad trade off. The boat still generates enough hull speed to get it done, and it also is super maneuverable. If you need a really fast boat, get a Karnali. It’s got the same outfitting, and is one of the fastest river runners out there. If you look at an eddy, you will be there in 1 millisecond.
  • If you have a really small waist, you will need to get more hip shims, or improvise with foam. Casey needed to stick a shim from one of his other boats in there.
  • The Burn has a planing hull and an edge. If you are a complete beginner, and want a boat that will be a little bit easier to learn in, look at the Karnali. It’s a displacement hull boat and is not very edgy. It will let you make more mistakes, without paying the price.

A freezing cold day on the river is still better than being in the office.

The verdict:

The new 2010 Pyranha Burn is an improved version of an already exceptional and capable boat. Many paddlers were really happy with the older molder Burn. Pyranha refined some things like the edges and rocker that will make this boat for forgiving and user friendly. The outfitting is very comfortable and supportive, as well as easier to outfit. If you are a fan of planing hull creek boats,you NEED to paddle one.

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