Riot Magnum 72 Kayak Review

The Riot Magnum 72 is a very nice whitewater kayak. It’s stable, comfortable and very maneuverable. The Magnum 72 is designed as a creeking boat, but it also makes a very nice playboat. This product is ideal for both novice and professional whitewater kayakers to enjoy the water. Here is a Riot Magnum 72 kayak review from an avid fisherman along with product info, features, and specifications.

The Magnum’s length and width distribution make it fast, stable and predictable. With ample volume and perfect rocker profile it stays online and above it all, and its sleek, profiled front end will punch through the stickiest foam piles, preserving momentum. The shallow V shaped hull and smooth rocker transitions help with directional speed while the hull grooves aid tracking. Riot kayak outdid themselves on this design. Whenever things are starting to get nasty, whip out your Magnum 72 kayak.

The Riot Magnum 72 kayak has a price of $1149 making it priced to sell considering its luxurious features. Here are the specs for the Riot Magnum 72 as listed on the company website.

Magnum 72 Specifications

  • Length: 7‘ 11″
  • Width: 26″
  • Weight: 44 lbs.
  • Cockpit: 34″ x 18.5″
  • Volume: 72 Gallons
  • Capacity: 240 lbs.
  • MSRP: $1149
  • Manufacturer: Riot Kayaks

Riot Magnum 72 Features

  • Balance™ backrest with height & forward adjustment
  • Hyperlight Unity Seat™
  • Suregrip™ Adjustable Thighbraces
  • New adjustable hip pads
  • Quick dry thermofoam seat
  • Adjustable creeking bulkhead and foot brace
  • Safety / anti-theft bar
  • Four heavy duty creeking handles
  • Easy-drain system

Riot Magnum 72 Kayak Review from Our Staff

I extensively tested this whitewater kayak on mild rapids in a local river. Though the rapids aren’t very intense, it is a very high speed shoot through the area. The Riot Magnum 72 kayak handled very well; it was agile at every turn. The seat was also comfortable, it reminded me of an old Wave Sport Mobius 65 kayak that I used to play in.

Furthermore, the portability of this boat was very nice. It was light, well balanced, and has handles in all the right places. I had to add a few foam blocks to my normal roof rack system, but it was pretty painless overall.

Now, for the bad. I wasn’t overly impressed with the thighbrace system. No matter how I adjusted them, I couldn’t seem to get a comfortable fit. It wasn’t painful or anything, just an irritant. I also, hit my knee a few times getting out of the cockpit, nut that could be my own clumsiness.

When I conduct kayak reviews, I always try to highlight the best features, and worst features. since the thighbraces weren’t a deal breaker, this is overall a great boat for beginners and intermediate paddlers. With that in mind, I rate my Riot Magnum 72 kayak review as a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Written by Cliff Steele

Cliff Steele prides himself on having a strong knowledge of kayaks and kayak supplies. He works hand-building kayaks for a variety of clients. Sharing a name with a well-known comic book character, Cliff is known to his friends as “Robotman.” Cliff lives in San Diego, California.

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