The Rio is expressly designed for the small to medium paddler looking for a recreational style kayak with spirited performance and nimble handling.
At just under 12 feet in length and only 35 pounds, the Rio presents a delightful combination of comfortable stability with a playful and efficient hull. While ready for the first time paddler, this kayak will soon tempt you to experiment with more advanced paddle strokes. Keeping up with other touring kayaks is easy, and the extra light weight and smaller size make car topping and storage a joy.
The Rio is fully equipped with 10 inch performance hatches bow and Stern for easy access to gear. It sports our comfortable Infinity Seat System and has molded thigh braces for a custom fit. Eddyline installs fusion bulkheads and deck lines for safety, and retractable carry handles for transport ease. All these are long boat features, but in a sporty, compact boat weighing just 35 pounds.
The Rio will bring a smile to your face every on every outing.
Submitted by: davidmichael paddling.com
I just tried the Rio kayak from Eddyline this week. Wow! This is a beauty and fast. Very fast, light and maneuverable from a company known for their high quality kayak construction and innovative building techniques using a Carbonlite 2000 Thermoform Composite.
Here’s what I especially like about the RIO. It weighs 35 pounds. Yep! Only three pounds above our Sky 10 kayaks that we currently own. That’s a nearly 12 foot boat vs. a 10 footer (SKY). It’s a bit narrow and built for smaller and lighter kayakers such as my wife who is 5’4″ and weighs 125 pounds. It moves with incredible ease and speed. So, for us, a no-brainer. We are selling a SKY 10 and buying the Rio for my wife. It’s a bit pricey, but I was able to buy it on the Fall sale at our local kayak shop. We are approaching our 80’s now, so weight is a factor. Yet, we didn’t want to lose out on performance. So, the RIO fits the bill for lakes, rivers and small bays. Plus, it’s small and light enough to fit in our apartment in the off season.
We plan to spend the winter on Conception Bay in the Sea of Cortez (Baja California). So along with a RAM Promaster Van that we are converting into a camper, we should be all set for the next five years of kayaking.
The Heavy-Duty Cockpit Cover is made with a tear-resistant, cargo-cover material that features superior UV and weather protection. The travel strap makes this cover suitable for use during vehicle transport as it secures the cover by wrapping around the hull. Adjustable shock cord secures the cover to the cockpit rim while the front grab loop makes it easy to remove and the front clip attaches it to any deck line. Purchase the medium size for the Rio.
A coated-nylon spray skirt with an adjustable waist tube and removable suspenders that is excellent for keeping water out of the cockpit. Adjustable shock cord secures the skirt to the cockpit rim and while a front grab loop provides easy release. The waist tunnel will fit up to a 44" diameter. Purchase the medium size for the Rio.