Hi, I’ve been recreationally kayaking for the past couple of years and am interested in whitewater kayaking. I’m 54, 6’1 and around 225lbs. I recently bought a Remix XP 10, and it’s a fine boat, but I think I want something more whitewater specific. I’m considering a Remix 79 (and there’s no place local to demo boats), but I know it’s an older design. I’m curious if kayaks are evolving by degree or in a more revolutionary fashion as with mountain bikes? I don’t need the newest model, but I also don’t want the equivalent of a 26” bike. The best of my 26” bikes couldn’t hold a candle to my 29” Evils, and the difference is very real and by a wide margin.
At this point, I think I’ll likely kayak class I - III rapids in Alabama and surrounding areas. I can also get a good deal on a Nirvana L which is another boat I’ve considered. Please let me know your thoughts.