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|
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.
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.
This is my first kayak (Remix XP9) purchase after renting a few different brands, discussing with more experienced folks, and sifting through a lot of reviews. I live in the northern Rockies and will use on flat water (lakes and big rivers) and mild whitewater. The purchase through ACK was flawless. Deliverly to a western state using a freight shipper worked as described and was quick. It has been a mild winter here in Montana with early ice-off so I've just had the kayak out on a river and lake for a couple of hours each time. It performs as expected. The XP9 seems to be quite agile with the skeg up and is easy to paddle straight with the skeg lowered. The XP9 fits in an 8' pick up with the tailgate closed. The XP 9 also fits into a Gen 3 Prius with the hatch closed. This will make is easy for me to tote the boat and a bike for self-shuttling along some of our rivers. For my purposes, the XP9 looks like a five star purchase.
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.