The new Edge 15 design has a comfortable cockpit with performance features designed into it. A great boat for learning edge turns as it responds immediately to your movement, and when loaded and on a tour the rudder keeps you on track as it should. The fit is quite flexible in that smaller folks can still control it as well as larger paddlers looking for a performance fit. The Edge 15 is designed to play as well as tour, so when you see a wave, head on over and take a run on it!
I would give this a 5 except that the deck lines etc...are not the best quality and the hatch covers are starting to crack after 2 years.and I do store my boats inside. I like the way the boats move however.
I love this kayak. I am an experienced surf skier and have raced internationally on a surf ski, but I was looking for something more versatile that would also allow me to go on short paddling trips with friends but speed and sleekness in the water were of the highest requirements as well as price point. I am 5'0" and 115 lbs and having raced on surf skis, balance is not an issue. However, I also wanted something that my 6'1", 200 lbs +, very nervous about tipping in the the water husband could use.
For 6 weeks every Wednesday night I would go to the tryout event of a local paddle shop. I tried so many kayaks but I kept coming back to the Riot Edge 14.5. It performed the way I wanted. And with the rudder down, using the foot pedals I could move the rudder and track much like I was used to doing with a surf ski.
This boat is fast and tracks well even without the drop-down rudder and handles shallow water and the occasional obstacle with ease. It balances well when leaning hard to make a quick turn.
I do not regret this purchase. The only negatives are that it is a heavy beast and it seems to bend easily. While I could easily get a 19 foot surf ski on the top of my Honda Odyssey by myself, t 58 lbs I cannot even prop this boat up against my vehicle on my own.
I have managed to get my kayak on my husband's Honda Civic solo with the help of a Malone K-rack, but it is still a heavy sucker. I also found that it indents easily when strapped to the roof bars of my vehicle; however, a couple of days in the warm sun seems to allow it to mould back into shape.
Fiberglass boats are light and slick, but they are so fragile making navigating through shallow waters and the occasional beaver dam impossible without damaging the boat. There are pluses and minuses to both options.
For me, this kayak meets all my needs in terms of speed, balance, comfort, versatility, durability, short-trip storage requirements, and price point.
I tried a Riot Edge that belonged to a friend. It was very easy to handle and moved so smoothly through the water. And the size would be so easy to car top by myself. I would love to have one for myself to join my friend and wet a paddle.
Extremely nimble and maneuverable. Lightweight and easy to transport
I had the chance to try a riot edge 15 from a rep in BC, felt amazing compare jackson journey that i had previously tried in the past the boat was super stable, tracks easily over the course of my trip, seat comfortable support the back, simple to adjust the straps , just big enough for me 5'4. , lightweight . easy to load and unload.