If your looking for an all around go anywhere kayak that is comfortable, safe and easy to paddle look no further than the Liquid Logic Remix XP. Liquid Logic spared no expense in designing this true cross-over kayak so that you can have the time of your life. The Remix XP was designed to bridge the gap between river running and whitewater once and for all. The XP has and integral skeg which when deployed offers superb tracking but with the skeg tucked away the XP offers the agility needed to excel on whitewater. The XP9 offers the smaller paddler a choice in the cross-over line. The XP9 features a cockpit that adds unmatched comfort and safety to an already world class design. The seat offers more contoured support while the two wall structural support rails add integrity to the hull while providing extra attachment and storage opportunities.
|Length:||9 ft 2 in / 2.79 m|
|Width:||26 in / 66.04 cm|
|Weight:||46 lb / 20.87 kg|
|Capacity:||220 lb / 99.79 kg|
|Volume:||73 gal / 276 L|
|Cockpit Size:||36" x 21.5" / 91 x 54.5 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit Inside|
I did plenty of research and gave this lots of consideration. The Liquid Logic Remix XP line had everything I was looking for. It had to be a kayak that was at home in the rough water as well as being good for athletic touring and work out paddles on the flats. The high quality of the materials and workmanship is really striking. It feels very solid all over. The seating/outfitting is without peer! It is most definitely the most comfortable seating on the planet; you could spend hours in it and not be uncomfortable at all. Conditions were not rough really (darn) with a moderate chop on the river and a north east drift (more east than north), so I was paddling against a cross current.It is very easy to get into and out of this boat; cockpit size is perfect for someone of my size anyway. The XP really does paddle the flats very well. The bow has the right amount of rocker and a set of double channels on the hull that cuts and splits the water nicely. Heading out into the wind and waves it looks a little like you are plowing water owing to the rounded hull (as opposed to the narrow hull of a sea kayak which tends to pierce the waves and then lifts you out and up); this is deceptive as the XP9 really is lifting you nicely over the wave. I found the boat fast for a 9 footer and it can definitely 'get you into the zone' when distance paddling. I put it through it's paces, leaning as hard over as I could to the point of a roll. It's lean is bomber. Very dynamic hull design with nice edges and it produces great stability. I can see that it would be an easy rolling boat. 'Bacsess Hatch”: This is a neat set up on the XP. I sunk my stern quite a bit and tried to get the hatch area as wet as possible. It stayed very dry. It is also very easy to get to underway. Plenty of storage for all-day needs. The drop skeg: The only place where something could go wrong on any kayak because of the moving parts. First, the skeg works very well. It's spring-loaded so it snaps up and down with no problems. Without the skeg you can dial in to the hull dynamics of this boat for straight-aways and get it under control, but it takes concentration (unless you are riding a swell or it is a nasty water state and then the boat is in it's element without the skeg). Skeg down and she tracks better than any rec boat (that's what I'm talking about!). In conclusion, I am very happy with this boat. I can take it to the Nantahala, Taccoa, and Chatuge in Georgia and play with the white water crowd. I can take it out on the Indian and Banana River Lagoons in all sorts of conditions for my work out endurance paddling sessions. I can take it on those same Florida waterways when everyone else is putting ashore because the conditions are rough.
First off the boat is a dream to paddle. It's stable, comfortable, agile, and very controllable. There are only a few concerns. While taking it on a 5 day overnighter the nut that holds the skeg lever in place disappeared. I was able to make some duct tape work (nuts/bolts aren't part of my survival kit). Without the nut the boat takes in some water. The boat also doesn't come with any bow foam. If you are forced to bail there will be no such thing as a wet reentry. It still floats though with the stern hatch lid secure. All in all the best boat for river/overnight trips. On a side note compared to the xp10 the xp9 plows through waves making windy lakes/swells difficult and slow.
We have an xp9 and xp10. Both perform great on rivers and flat water. The drop skegs are a great feature. The xp10 is barely large enough for my 6'3'' height with the foot pegs maxed out (I believe you can modify the foot pegs and move them farther down if you don't mind redrilling the holes and filling the old ones). The knee braces are not the most ergonomic which prevented a 5 sar rating. The cockpit is long and wide so spray skirt selection is limited. The boats are very stable even for beginners. The green hornet and blue knight colors are very dark, darker than they appear in the photos. Plenty of storage for camping or extended trips.
The XP9 is a great kayak for up to class III whitewater. Did 4 hours of class II with a recreational Seal Skin skirt and did get a little water in the boat. The LL Remix is like a SUV in 4 foot high rollers. Yes, it was only class II but little consequence if you are a great swimmer and a good paddler. The kayak maneuvers pretty good and will give you a lot of confidence to tackle class III head on. It's not as playful as a full whitewater kayak with more rocker, but it makes up for it in more stability with the 9 foot length, which is what I was after.