Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Prana Options

  • Fiberglass

    52 lb
    Fiberglass Composite
  • Kevlar

    48 lb
    Kevlar/aramid Composite

    Prana Description

    A collaborative effort between Danish designer Jesper Kromann-Andersen and Current Designs award-winning team, the new Prana touring kayak is as much at home in surf and rock gardening as it is to crossing a mirror-like bay. Available in fiberglass and Kevlar layups, the Prana is a quick and highly maneuverable kayak, with an efficient shape that chews through the miles.

    Prana Specs and Features

    • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
    • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
    • Seating Configuration: Solo
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
    • Skill Level: Intermediate

    Additional Attributes

    • Composite Seam
    • Retractable skeg
    • Composite Colors

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    Prana Reviews

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    My kayaking experience is…

    Submitted by: SeaIbex on 11/13/2020
    My kayaking experience is restricted to sea kayaks, previously to North American touring style and British style kayaks, and primarily to the currents, swells, winds, and seasons of the Long Island Sound. After trying out a couple of different models with hard chines, I purchased a CD Prana (Kevlar/aramid). I have been out with the Prana ever since, and in a variety of water and weather conditions. There is much to love about this kayak, and I’m enjoying every hour I spend in it. Rather than repeat what others have posted in previous reviews, let me offer just a few additional observations. (1) The Prana has a 21” beam, and at about 5’ 10” and 175 lbs., I feel quite comfortable in the cockpit. It fits well at the hips, and for me the placement for the thigh pads is perfect. Overall, the cockpit is roomier than I expected. It has great secondary stability, and edges well. I especially like the deep tapered sides on the deck by the fore day-hatch; its design allows the paddler to plant the paddle (in my case, a Greenland paddle) closely without accidently bumping the deck. (2) Speaking of paddles… There is a paddle grove for the paddle shaft, a “paddle hold” on the deck, right behind the cockpit. It’s handy for securing the paddle as an outrigger to enter and to exit. This paddle hold reminds me of the one I have seen on the Finnish designed Beaufort (by Skim). (3) The hatches are dry! I read in earlier reports that some of the hatches on the Prana leaked. I attempted to inundate the sealed hatches in every way I knew, but at the end of the day, every hatch was dry (my Prana is a 2020 model). I called Current Designs to compare my results, and they said that they had been aware of the earlier issue. They had significantly modified the way in which they bond the hatches onto the boat in the newer models. Tight seal, no leaks. Granted, I did not test this kayak in frigid temperatures, so the contraction of the materials might vary these results, but so far, so good. I do plan to take this boat out in the winter, and if there are any significant updates, I will post them then.

    Fast, playful in spite of…

    Submitted by: paddler569688 on 12/2/2019

    Fast, playful in spite of its length; tracks well with skeg on (not so much without). In short, if you want only one boat, this one does it all. Great design by JKA, also designer of Arrow Kayaks (eventually bought by Zegul). Great 1st & 2nd stability. Only problem, the hatches are not very tight, especially the Day Hatch. When practicing rolling, you could almost remove the cover and it won't make much difference! I don't know if that's very common issue with this boat, i.e. if that is a problem of design or construction. All in all, fun and beautiful boat.


    I have owned this boat for…

    Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/11/2018

    I have owned this boat for just over a year and have likely put more than 300 miles on it in a wide range of conditions. I am 6', 215 lbs, and have size 11 feet. The good: It is light. It is playful. Good primary stability. Turns very easy. Rolls like a log. It fits (barely) a bigger guy like me...wish I had just a touch more room for my feet. Day hatch in the center makes more sense than the traditional offset position. Good volume for camping without feeling like a cork on the sea when empty. The bad: It is light...to the point of sacrificing too much strength. I'm a little rough on boats and this one isn't up to the task. The overall build quality is lacking. Every hatch leaks, not a lot, but it pisses me off not having dry hatches. When I contacted CD about this and asked if they would cover repairs on the warranty (boat was only 1 month old) I was informed that this boat had been sold to the retailer as a demo model and the warranty was void. The retailer had not mentioned this and was liquidating all inventory and getting out of retail. BTW- this boat had never been so much as set down on the sand; it was brand new in a sleeve that I assume it was shipped in and had a document inside stating that it was brand new, first quality, with a spot for the first owner (me) to sign. This stated a lifetime warranty to the first owner (me) and was signed by the owner of CD. Go figure. I understand if they do not want to warrant a boat that has been used as a demo. but this had not, and honestly, that's between them and their retailer. The end customer shouldn't get stiffed. Whatever, the hatches all still leak. It didn't take too long to put a hole in the bottom of the boat (it's not brand new any more ;), and a bump on the side has cracked the foot peg mount. Instead of bolting through with marine grade SS, as most boats do, they embedded the bolt into the glass so it doesn't go through to the outside. This is not a strong system and the cracked glass around the mounting surface has allowed salt water in and the hardware is now bleeding rust into the cockpit. Poor design/build choice. The slider rod for the skeg is also beginning to rust a bit,..again, marine grade hardware people!

    In summary, it's a fun boat to paddle with a great shape that is both playful and quick. Usually you must give up one for the other, but they have found a way to get both. The build quality and the companies commitment to their customer needs improvement. In all fairness, the company (CD) did send me a tube of glue and a new day hatch cover in spite of their position that there is no warranty on my boat, but they did decline to pay for professional repairs. They probably just should have honored the warranty and they wouldn't be reading this online right now. Maybe next time guys.


    Yesterday I had the…

    Submitted by: paddler235903 on 5/26/2016
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to paddle the new Current Designs Prada. Personally I have not been a big fan of the CD boats, but when I saw this one sitting on the beach, I was instantly intrigued as it did not have the typical raised bow and high foredeck as common with CD kayaks. I currently own a fiberglass Tahe Greenland LC, a carbon fiber Water Field TranAm and a skin on frame. I slid into the Prana and adjusted the foot braces, then was surprised to find an IR Reggie ratcheting backband fitted in the boat. All set and ready to go, I grabbed my greenland paddle and put the boat into the water.

    First impression:

    A fitted cockpit, great thigh contact, comfortable seat, yet roomy enough for me to move around at my convenience. How did they manage that? Anyway, the boat was very stable. I paddled out for a bit doing a sprint. It cut through the water with ease, tracked straight and did not create a bow wave to slow it down. Edging it was easy and stable. Bow rudder turns were executed with ease. Next, I put the boat up on it's side and with the hard chines, it was content to stay on it's side without requiring any further input from me.

    Time to put it through it's paces:

    Sculling braces, balance braces, storm roll, sculling roll, forward finishing roll and hand rolls were all achieved with minimal effort. At no time did I feel the need to readjust my seated position in the boat. I loved the amount of rocker in this boat as it makes it very responsive to the paddler's input. It did everything that I wanted and asked for more.


    Amazing boat. Visually, the upper deck reminded me of the Tahe / Zegul boats. The hull design with it's hard chines and high rocker reminded me of a greenland style boat. It is polite enough for a newer paddler, yet they will not outgrow this boat. It has enough attitude to keep an advanced paddler entertained without fail. I paddled the kevlar version and it was fairly light and moved around on dry land with ease. It was after I got out of it when I realized that it has a forward deck day hatch. I never noticed it when I was in the boat as it did not impede my leg movements at all.

    MY ONLY COMPLAINT WAS THAT I COULD NOT TAKE IT HOME!!! But at least I know what model my next boat will be.


    I recently paddled the new…

    Submitted by: philipkramer on 4/21/2016
    I recently paddled the new Current Designs Prana on the Mississippi River. The wind was blowing between 10-15 miles per hour, with an occasional gust of maybe 20 MPH.

    When I was paddling upstream, the water was very choppy due to the winds. Without the skeg dropped, the boat had a bit of a hard time tracking straight through the chop but as soon as I dropped the skeg, the boat tracked like a charm. With the skeg down, the boat sliced through the water rather than bobbing up on top of it.

    The fore deck seems higher, comparatively speaking, to most boats in the 16-17 feet range. My initial concern with a high fore deck was that the Prana might weathercock more than other kayaks. It did seem to turn a bit into the wind without the skeg down but with the skeg in the water, the boat paddled straight. The slightly higher fore deck was great for legroom. My feet and legs were happy with the extra room. My guess is that this boat would accommodate paddlers in sizes ranging from a smaller paddler (e.g., 5'3" and 100 pounds) to a larger paddler (e.g., 6'1" and 180-190 pounds). The aft deck is nice and low and would be advantageous in rolling. Three of the four hatches are well placed. The fore deck day hatch is a great place to store your sunscreen or snacks. The larger fore and aft deck hatches are good sized for a smaller sea kayak and could hold several days worth of gear. The aft deck day hatch is somewhat problematic; it's located in the middle of the boat and while I can imagine some people being able to turn around to access it, I found it uncomfortable to reach while paddling. To be fair, however, I can't imagine locating it in any other spot except the middle - the boat is just too narrow to place it on one side or the other. The deck rigging is typical and does the job of holding things like maps, a bilge pump, or an extra paddle. The fore deck has attractive and very functional defined angles instead of a more typical rounded fore deck; it resembles the shoulders of a tumblehome canoe. Since I tend to enjoy more of a high angle paddle stroke than a low angle paddle stroke, I found that the defined angles really accommodated my paddling technique.

    The Prana reminds me of the Current Designs Suka; it's similar in shape and function but it's a slightly longer boat with lots of nice features, including a spot for your favorite aftermarket compass. Overall, I like the Prana a lot. It's a fun, agile, stable, and responsive boat with good primary and secondary stability. It's an ideal kayak for day paddling, 1-3 night adventures, and surfing. I think it will be appreciated in calm rivers, on flat water, and in the ocean. I'd love to test paddle it on the west coast; I think the Prana would be fun to paddle in and out of the surf zone, in rock gardens, and over kelp beds.