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Stability 8
Speed 7
Tracking 8
Comfort 8
Features 8
Portability 10

Designed for smaller paddlers, Eddyline Rio packs serious performance and great features in an easy to handle, lightweight package.

Last updated on February 1, 2023 4:41 am

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Designed for smaller paddlers, Eddyline Rio packs serious performance and great features in an easy to handle, lightweight package.
  • Bow and stern bulkheads
  • Very portable
  • Stable
  • No bottle holder
  • Can veer off course in rougher conditions

Size, Weight, Capacity

At 11’9” (358 cm) and 35 pounds (15.9 kg), Eddyline Rio is built especially for small to medium paddlers that want a lightweight, highly portable boat. With a capacity of 270 pounds (122.5 kg), this quick-to-the-water kayak serves up great performance in a compact package. The Rio, while designed to be recreational, handles more like a touring kayak. It is a light, fast boat that responds well to more advanced kayaking techniques such as edging.


The most impressive feature of all Eddyline sit-inside kayaks is their double bulkheads. This design adds extra buoyancy for safety, as well as more storage.

The cockpit of the Rio offers eight points of contact. It features a comfortable, padded seat with an adjustable backrest that has 5 height positions and infinite lean and recline options. The foot pegs are a breeze to adjust, even while on the water. It also has built-in thigh braces that provide extra stability for the smaller-framed paddler.

The deck boasts ample cross bungie storage on both bow and stern as well as retractable handles that make it convenient to carry. The one thing missing on this incredible boat is an easy to reach place to securely hold a water bottle and perhaps a few snacks. The addition of a deck bag attached to the bow might be helpful.


Owners often report that the Eddyline Rio is light enough to carry on your shoulder but still feels secure on the water. It is compact but sleek and able to keep up with the longer tourers. This gives a beginning or intermediate paddler an advantage when going with a group.
Because of its lighter weight, tracking can be affected by higher winds and rougher water. But hard chines create responsive turns that make for stability and simple recovery.

The Rio is the kind of boat that becomes an extension of its paddler. It invites joy as it scoots over the surface like a water bug. Its light weight and sleek design make it easy to carry, and a snap to car-top. It’s even small enough to store in an apartment. Overall, the Eddyline Rio is a sweet ride.

Construction and Materials

All Eddyline kayaks are made from Eddyline’s proprietary Carbonlite 2000® material. It is a dual-layer sheet of ABS plastic which consists of a load-bearing “muscle” substrate and a very hard, UV- and scratch-resistant exterior layer that gives the kayak its distinctive shine.

Sheets of Carbonlite have different specs depending on the model. To make a kayak, the sheets are heated up and then formed over a mold using vacuum (this technology is known as thermoforming). The top and bottom parts are then glued together, creating a very lightweight but strong construction.


Eddyline kayaks come with a 3-year warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty is limited to the original buyer of the kayak. You need to register for the warranty by filling out and returning the warranty registration card or by completing this form on Eddyline’s website).

The deck rigging is warranted for 2 years.

To know more about Eddyline’s warranty terms, click here: https://eddyline.com/technology-innovation/faq

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Specification: Eddyline Rio

Length (in) 129
Width (in) 24
Height (in) 12
Weight (lb) 35
Load Capacity (lb) 270
Cockpit length (in) 31.8
Cockpit width (in) 15.5
Cockpit type sit inside
Hull design Shallow V hull
Material ABS plastic
Propulsion paddle
Technology thermoformed
Seat Padded Infinity seat with adjustable backrest
Front bulkhead Yes
Rear bulkhead Yes
Front storage hatch 1
Rear storage hatch 1
Dry storage 2
Bungee cords 2
Footrests adjustable
Knee pads Yes
Spray skirt compatible Yes
Crew 1
User Level Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Intended Use Day touring, Recreation
Water type Slow rivers (Class I-II), Small lakes
Warranty 3 years from date of purchase

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