Ignite is an appropriate name for this hybrid. For touring kayakers, it could spark an interest in go-fast fitness paddling or even recreational racing. For fitness freaks and race geeks, it ignites the possibility of taking that first overnight trip.
The Ignite blends the stability and predictable handling of Current Designs’ popular Solstice GT touring hull with the open cockpit of a surf ski, then adds spacious watertight storage compartments. It’s a chimera that may well be the most versatile speed machine we’ve paddled.
Two hatches offer 125 litres of dry storage (that’s double what you’d have backpacking,) but the buckles-lid-neoprene-hatch- cover system was the fiddliest of any test boat—making getting at your gear a chore for stiff fingers and smaller hands.
The waterline on this 16-footer was the longest we tested and—not surprisingly—accelerated effortlessly to the fastest cruising and sprint speeds.
The Ignite is all about smooth and sleek. The shallow-V hull and soft chines offer lively, seamless edging. The beam is widest behind the cockpit—where it measures 24 inches—for a longer, more efficient entry and minimal drag.
That minimalist approach extends to the Ignite’s deck rigging, where we noted the lack of perimeter lines and a single bungee X on the stern. Handles are positioned beside the cockpit at the boat’s balance point to assist with shoulder carries or re-boarding.
Speaking of which, the Ignite weighs in at a manageable 39 pounds, thanks to its fiberglass/ aramid layup, carbon rudder footboard and frills-free (yet surprisingly comfortable) seat pan.
WEIGHT: 39 lbs.
MATERIAL: Fiberglass/ Aramid