This design evolved from the observation that canoe polo had lots of big people playing. Condor has a larger volume hull for greater displacement (220L for paddler up to 100 kg). It was the first design to match performance to a higher weight range and so, even with lots of baggage on board, it retains good speed, great stern pivoting and the bow can still be dipped under opponents.
Designed in the Netherlands by Dynamic Polo Products (DPP), this boat has grown in popularity in the past two years. The kayak has a large body compartment that tapers to a small bow and stern. The size of this space makes it suitable for paddlers up 90 kg, particularly if the paddler is tall with long legs. This boat has a hollow back deck which facilitates turns which require the stern to be under the water. The boat also has more distinguishable chines compared to the Vendetta. View 3D Model
This is a small persons boat, maximum weight 50 kg. This design from Mega in Great Britain is 270cm long by 50 cm wide, with a volume of 120L. Paddle it after being in a regular polo boat and you will probably be unstable for a while. However, the performance of the boat is matched to small persons and it is ideal for kids or small adults.
This is a new design from OBECO suited for paddlers in the 65-80 kg range. Comparable boats include the Revenge Nitro and the Vampire S 2006. The Ignitor has a similar back deck to the Nitro, but with slightly more volume, This is balanced by a lower volume front, making the boat easier to get under an opponent while retaining great turning potential. View 3D Model
This is a new design by the well-known Lettmann Company of Germany. It has a relatively small cockpit, yet plenty of room for legs once you get in the boat. Its rounded hull and 58 cm width make it quite fast and well suited to taller paddlers in the 85-90 kg weight. This design is well matched to the fast style of the European game. With the hull trimmed properly, it also pivots very well.
This boat was designed by OBECO to meet the needs of those who were 65+ kg, and felt a little unstable in the Excel. Volume was added to the body area of the hull (width increased to 54cm) and the volume of the rear deck was increased. The length of the boat and therefore, its turning capability was not changed. The Maxel would be suitable for paddlers up to 70kg who prefer a shorter boat. View 3D Model
This boat with a volume of 190 L is suitable for the larger paddler in the 90+ kg range. This boat has as an ancestor, the Mystere, a slalom boat designed in Ireland and Megas polo boat by the same name, but evolved from a similar French slalom design called Satori. The Obsession, with a hull with somewhat vertical sides and a flat bottom, make it roomy in the cockpit area while having good speed in a straight line.
The Revenge too! is a hybrid of the original Revenge by P & H of Great Britain. The hull has been reshaped to make it much easier to dip under an opponent while the volume of the centre of the boat has been retained, so the boat (at 180 L) is suitable for paddlers up to 85-90 kg. The boat retains its forward speed with enhanced turning and dipping capability.
The body shape of some large polo enthusiasts was accommodated with the Super Condor that has a larger, higher deck in the cockpit and body compartment area to incorporate size 12 feet and larger thighs. The hull remains unchanged from the Condor, while the deck changes increase the capacity of the boat to 115 kg while still retaining performance characteristics.
The U2 XLP evolved from the Revenge. The volume of both the front and rear decks has been reduced to make it pivot and/or dip easily. The volume of the hull in the front has also been flattened to facilitate dipping the front. The volume of this boat is 175 L and can be paddled by players up to 85 kg with comfort.
This design is the third evolution of the original Condor, with the hull design unchanged. The volume of the deck, including the cockpit area has been reduced to bring down the overall volume of the boat to make it suitable for a paddler in the 85 kg range. It retains the great performance features of the original design.
This kayak was designed by Duncan Cochrane of Australia and has been popular as a top competitive boat for several years. This particular version is the Vampire S, which has a volume of 170 L, which is suitable for weights up to 75 kg. This is a low profile boat, which can be dipped under an opponent with little difficulty.
OBECO has recently arranged to make this boat, the smallest of the Vampire range of Kayaks Plus in Australia for the North American market. The 2006 version has softer chine that earlier versions and sports a hollow back deck similar to the Revenge Nitro, the Ignitor and the Dynamic. The Vampire S 2006 is suited to paddlers in the 60 to 80kg range. View it on the Kayaks Plus website.
The Vendetta is a new design for paddlers from 70 to 85 kg for optimum performance. It is a round-hulled boat with soft chines making it stable over a wide range. The front deck is low, but still provides substantial leg and foot room for the taller paddlers. This boat is remarkably easy to slide under an opponent while on the attack or on defense. The back deck is flat making pivots an easy task. Either a fixed seat off the rim or an optional sliding seat to allow the paddler to precisely adjust the trim of the boat is available. View 3D Model
The design is essentially a “roomier Vampire”. The deck and cockpit area have been raised in the front and the volume of the deck increased to allow for hips and knees to rotate outward. The overall volume is similar to the U2 XLP and its performance characteristics are similar to the Vampire.
OBECO manufactures this MEGA design which is one step up in size from the Evolution. If the Evolution starts to feel a little small, then its time to upsize to the Excel. The boat is the same width as an Evolution (52 cm) but increased stability is gained from a flatter hull and increased volume in the hull throughout, suitable up to 60-62kg.