Quest 10

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Quest 10 Description

With its famous Greenland bow and arched multi-chine hull, the Quest 10 makes paddling effortless and exciting. A wide outline combined with a fine waterline make it stable, yet gives it a lively feel. It will allow you to safely lean on edge and style high and low-brace turns, while its roomy cockpit will let you stretch and enjoy the sun if you simply don’t feel like pushing it anymore.

Quest 10 Specs and Features

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

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Quest 10 Reviews

Read reviews for the Quest 10 by Riot Kayaks as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

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I purchased 2 Riot Quest…

Submitted by: paddler534360 on 7/26/2019

I purchased 2 Riot Quest 10's for my 2 teenage daughters 5 years ago. Both boats have returned excellent service. They are reasonably light and super durable. One local rental operation uses them for their river rental fleet. They have been easy to paddle and maneuver on both flat and light white water. They're stable and track well. The Quest is fairly wide, but reasonably fast for a shorter kayak. These boats are versatile too, with usable features such as a bulkhead separated aft compartment with hatch, comfortable seats, thigh braces and adjustable foot pegs. We added spray skirts for colder water and white water, but a big cockpit limits how much splash the skirt can take. The Quest can be reliably rolled by a skilled paddler. All in all I would by a Quest 10 again, any day! They are an outstanding value at today's prices.


Great beginner's kayak.My…

Submitted by: paddler479438 on 12/10/2018

Great beginner's kayak. My wife and I bought Quest 10s a few months ago. It is my first kayak and I am very happy with it. It's very light, and I have no problem lifting onto the roof-racks on my own, although my slightly smaller wife (I'm 6', she's 5'6") struggles a bit. I am a fly-fisher, and it is stable enough to cast/false cast without problem. It is easy to paddle, and great fun. I have only paddled on the lovely Lake Burley Griffin, and other lakes, so can't talk about white-water, but if you just want to mess about in boats, then this is a really good choice.


I am new to kayaking and…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/29/2018

I am new to kayaking and until recently used an inflatable kayak as an entry to the sport to decide if I liked it. Well I did, and after some research decided to upgrade to a Riot Quest 10. For a beginner it has been a thoroughly enjoyable craft. Well built, stable and stylish with ample storage and a very comfortable cockpit. It's also safe, since with a buoyancy pad in front and a watertight storage compartment in the stern, it will float if capsized. I enjoy photography and love to get out on the lake at dawn to capture the sunrises, wildlife as well as photograph other lake users. The Riot tracks well, is very maneuverable and suits my needs perfectly.

I have a new website promoting Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia, where I live. There is a more detailed review here, with photos:


I absolutely love this…

Submitted by: paddler416549 on 2/6/2018

I absolutely love this kayak. It tracks very well for its size. The drywell is very big and the hatch seals water out very well, combined with a little bit of room behind the seat. The kayak is great for fishing out of and has helped me successfully land many fish!


Worpping Hull Poor Waranty

Submitted by: paddler397656 on 10/2/2017

I really enjoyed the first few paddles but then the hull started to worp after a half dozen uses. I contacted the company and they only return emails after repeated calls. Very unfriendly.

Too bad.


Worpping Hull Poor Waranty

Submitted by: paddler397656 on 9/27/2017

I really enjoyed the first few paddles but then the hull started to worp after a half dozen uses. I contacted the company and they only return emails after repeated calls. Very unfriendly.

Too bad.


Very nice boat

Submitted by: paddlergeek on 9/6/2017

Got this boat yesterday, mine is orange, and is the model with no sealed hatch, which is why I removed one star: not sure what will happen when I flip over: seems like the boat will fill up and sink! (Advice would be greatly appreciated here)
Otherwise I love the boat so far. Best features are that it is super light (41 lb) so I can easily lift it myself (56 year old female with only medium level of fitness), and at 10 feet long - (the slightly blunt end sure is a nice 'cheat'!) it fits very nicely in the back of my Toyota Highlander. Nice large cockpit and comfortable seat makes for an easy getting in and out - I always use my paddle laid across the boat for leverage and it worked really well.
Nice surprise is that even at this short length, it paddles quite well. I went from an Inflatable Advanced Element of about the same length, to an Innova Twist I of about 8.5 feet length (much slower than the AE), so this is definitely a step up. On Lake Katchawanooka this morning, wind picked up and sky got dark, so I hurried and paddled back - against the wind. I was very surprised at how much speed I could get. (Note that I do have a fantastic paddle: Sting-Ray Hybrid) - A bit of splashing waves crashed on the front deck, but the water was diverted nicely away from the cockpit. The groovy keel helped keep the boat in line - no rudder necessary! I plan to do half-day trips, mostly on calm lakes and rivers, but I feel pretty confident that if the wind picks up, I'll be able to manage. All the videos of this kayak show calm water, I'll try to make one in wavy waters. All in all, a great investment (got a good deal at Freedom K&C near Oshawa).


I have used this kayak around…

Submitted by: dbhain on 7/1/2015
I have used this kayak around 15 times so far this season. The material it is made with is durable, ran over/got stuck on a cement block and no damage. It easily picks up speed and stays on course while paddling. Comfortable seat and 21" wide cockpit make for a relaxing day on the water. Back hatch has not leaked once. Only design flaw for me is that when sitting I can not reach the gear hammock that is in front inside the cockpit, however there is still a ton of accessible places for gear. Overall great kayak.

The Riot Quest is a very…

Submitted by: tomchase on 7/3/2014
The Riot Quest is a very versatile small kayak. I bought one for each of my two teenage daughters and they have had a blast with them. The Quest tracks well, is pretty fast for a short boat and with a skirt, it can play in white water, or at the beach. The hardware is durable. The waterproof compartment stays dry, though it may ship a few drops. The Quest is rollable, which is a great safety feature.

As a first boat for my daughters it has been fantastic. A real confidence booster, with go anywhere ability. Even for Dad at 200 lbs, the Quest is fun, though it's not meant for that weight. I've seen them used in rental operations and it's no wonder why. They simply deliver on water fun for every paddler that gets into one. Try one for yourself!


Well, after many months of…

Submitted by: paddler235566 on 5/30/2014
Well, after many months of researching kayaks I finally decided too make the purchase. Based on price and features I had decided on the Riot Quest 10. Not being able to see one in person. I made the purchase from REI based on photos and description. Upon receiving the kayak. I quickly discovered the seat in the actual product was far from that of the photos and description. It was not the "custom fit seating system" as displayed and described on Riot's web site. There is minimal padding on the seat and back. The seat back is very thin plastic with flimsy adjustment nuts for the seat back height. The plastic of the seat back merely rests in dimples in the seat pan. It is only held in place by the webbing that adjusts the recline of the seat back. REI quickly corrected the the description and photo of the kayak on their website and even offered to refund 20% of the cost of the kayak. Quest however offered to sell me another seat for a $160 plus shipping. And that seat still does not match the description. Not to mention that would make the cost of the kayak on par with a Dagger or Wilderness Systems. Guess the boat will be going back for one of the above.

As a follow up to my previous…

Submitted by: podpaddler on 7/28/2010
As a follow up to my previous posting, I have since paddled the Riot Quest a few more times and I can say that I have come to appreciate how easy it is to paddle and turn. Although not as stable as many 10' rec boats, this kayak moves along much better than they do! I think it is a keeper! :>)

After paddling a WS Tsunami…

Submitted by: Tsunami on 7/13/2010
After paddling a WS Tsunami 140 for a few years, we decided to pick up a couple of 10' kayaks just for quick paddles locally. I found a couple of Riot Quest 10's in excellent condition on Craigslist. They are really very nice looking little kayaks...nice finish, Greenland style bow...although they do have the useless rear hatch (no bulkhead).

We took them out today and found them to be a bit tippy at first, but after a few minutes I started to feel more comfortable. The Quest does move along very well for a 10' boat, glides nice, turns on a dime, and tracks well in very flatwater. But in any kind of moving water it needs constant correcting...I'm talikng about a gentle river current, nothing with a class number! Also, some of the design elements are front of the seat where the indentation is for a beverage holder, they installed the seat adjustment buckle. Plus the comfort and available adjustments for the seat are mediocre. However, nothing is perfect and it does have it's attributes, so I do plan on using it a few more times before I decide it's "fate"!