The Liquidlogic Hot Whip: A Beginner's Review

The Skinny 

The Liquid Logic Hot Whip is a versatile and high-performance whitewater kayak that offers an exciting experience for both intermediate and advanced paddlers. With its sleek design and innovative features, it's clear that Liquidlogic has put a lot of thought into creating a kayak that delivers on performance and durability. Read on to learn about my experiences in the Hot Whip this past spring.

    A Half Slice for the Books! 

    Overall, the Liquid Logic Hot Whip is an impressive whitewater kayak that delivers an exhilarating paddling experience. Its agility, stability, and comfortable outfitting make it a fantastic choice for intermediate and advanced paddlers looking to tackle challenging rapids. Even for a beginner like myself, this boat proved to be easy to use and super fun. I spent 10 days paddling this beast in early May and had an absolute blast. 

    What makes this boat so awesome?

    One of the standout features of the Hot Whip is its agility on the water. The kayak's short length and rockered hull allow for quick turns and excellent maneuverability, making it an ideal choice for navigating through narrow and technical rapids. I used this boat when we ran the Elk River just north of Steamboat Springs and it handled it like a champ! The run was tight, technical at times, and had approximately three eddies total, yet I felt extremely comfortable in this half slice.

    Another notable aspect of the Hot Whip is its stability. Thanks to its flat hull design and pronounced chines, this kayak offers a reassuringly stable platform even in turbulent water conditions. It maintains good primary stability, allowing paddlers to maintain their balance while executing powerful strokes or bracing maneuvers. The Hot Whip also offers decent secondary stability, which helps prevent capsizing during eddy turns or aggressive maneuvers. We spent a ton of time surfing the various holes on the Yampa through downtown Steamboat and this boat crushed it. I was able to catch even the tightest of eddies, get onto the wave with ease, and once the level was right for a longer boat I could even find the sweet spot and just sit on the wave. 

    Paddling into the sunset
     Our marketing guru, Julia, paddling the Hot Whip into the sunset

    Can it take a beating?

    In terms of durability, the Liquid Logic Hot Whip is built to withstand the rigors of whitewater adventures. Liquid Logic is known for their durability and impact resistance, ensuring that their kayaks can withstand bumps and scrapes against rocks without compromising structural integrity.

    Being comfortable is obviously extremely important when spending hours in a boat. The Hot Whip boasts a comfortable and adjustable outfitting system that caters to a wide range of paddlers. The kayak features a well-padded seat with excellent back support, ensuring comfort during long days on the water. The adjustable footrests and thigh braces allow for a personalized fit, allowing for efficient control. 

    The Bottom Line 

    If you are looking for a fun, sporty ride then look no further! The Hot Whip is an awesome boat, and it will challenge you in the best ways. Riding the high of the RMX, Liquid Logic went ahead and dropped the Hot Whip on us and turned the whitewater community on its head! Here at CKS we love Liquid Logic boats, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next! 

     

    2 comments

    CKS Customer Service

    CKS Customer Service

    Rolls just like and other half slice. Did not feel big and chunky in any way!

    Lisa Buck

    Lisa Buck

    How did the Hot Whip roll for you?

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