Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River


Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River Harpers Ferry, West Virginia white water rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and biking on the Shenandoah River
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Pyranha M:3 - The long awaited follow up to the Micro

"Micro", a name among Paddlers that has long been synonymous with "creeking". Just as the Topolino will always be regarded as that first short creeker. Now, with the Micro showing its age, Pyranha has decided to give it a facelift. Complete with a name change to fit the new Pyranha line. This new boat is nothing less than a complete makeover of the legendary creeker that has earned its place as the favorite of many extreme paddlers (Tao Berman, Nils Kagel, etc.) and a frequent performer in many Hardcore videos.

The M:3 is the long awaited and much anticipated follow up to the Micro. What is new you ask? How can one improve a boat already rated "best creeker of all time" by Kanu Magazine?


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To start with, the M:3 is currently available in two sizes, namely the M:3 233 and the M:3 243.
The 243 that we tested is 3 cm longer then the old 240, namely 248cm. With a width of 67cm, it is also 5cm wider than its predecessor. The 257 Liter volume has remained practically unchanged.


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The new version has a noticeably stiffer cockpit, reinforced with an additional metal frame in the bow to prevent the boat from caving in around the thigh area, and numerous other safety features. Some of which include brightly colored grab loops, a Pelicase holder, an additional Throw bag holder behind the seat, and the new Syncro 4 cockpit fitting rounding out the interior. The seat is extremely comfortable and absolute easy to adjust thanks to the new fitting system. Just slide the fitting pads in under the elastic straps and off you go! The Ratchet system also functions great even if the placement of the ratchets doesn't seem 100% optimal. They jutt into the cockpit in such a way that they could be painful if it ever came down to a panic exit. The bulkhead can also be adjust exceptionally well and Pyranha even includes a second bulkhead in the fitting kit for more versatility. On the outside of the boat one also notices immediately the massive clip-in points, enabling a sure hold for carabiners and quite useful should you ever need to lock it up.

On to the paddling characteristics:

One of the great advantages (and disadvantages) of the old Micro was its sensational tracking in connection with a remarkable speed. Making it was possible to hold the bravest of lines - which one of course scouted in fine detail in advance - since spontaneous corrections underway were certainly not one of the Micros strong points. According to the manufacturer the new M3, due to its new hull design, is now easier to turn. Without compromising any of the tracking ability, and even making it faster. First impressions of the long water line, little scoop (rocker), and end-to-end edges which are by the way much sharper than they were on the Micro, may leave on a bit skeptical though. The boat is definitely fast, but there is doubt as to whether the claims of turning better actually hold any water or not. In addition, the high sides look to be quite susceptible to crosscurrent.


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A test of the M3 243 on the Soca in Sloat upper-medium flow though, removed any doubts we may have had. As expected the M3 held an exact line and paddled like it was on rails. The good acceleration and excellent top speed bring a smile to ones face. And even the spontaneous course correction is easy. The turning ability in comparison to the micro is in fact much better.
With the relatively high seat position for a Creeker, use of the hips and changing edges is also a piece of cake, without making the boat too tipsy.

Boofing on the other hand doesn't exactly happen automatically, it demands the strong and clean use of proper technique, at least that is what we were able to determine on the Soca. If you happen to screw up the boof though, you've at least got the consolation of being impressed by the ability of the boat to quickly and predictably resurface thanks to the new deck design. The susceptibility to crosscurrent is also not a problem. The M3 sits confident and stable in the water, but is very aggressive thanks to its edges. Although a flat landing from large heights will bring quick attention, via your vertebrae, to the wider and flatter bottom that this boat has.

Conclusion: Virtually the same as before, only one notch better.

The new M3 is really a fast boat, that caters to an aggressive paddling style. Its shallow scoop (rocker) doesn't draw attention, plowing cleanly through the water. Just as back then, Pyranha has a top creeker on the roster with the Micro successor M3 that will feel right at home on our steep creeks like the really cranking water a la Oetz and Company...... Paddling performance and fitting leave no wish unanswered. The M3 shines with all that one would expect from a creeker. A boat that allows frees one to concentrate on the lines, with enough safety in reserve, to really push the limits. Pyranha has definitely upped the bar for the competition.

We enjoyed our day on the Soca in Slovenia and are looking forward to hopefully being able to report on this boats "waterfall" characteristics soon!

Harry and Toni, soulboater.com Austria
Special Thanks go out to Jason@soulboater.com for the translation!
Thank you dude!



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