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Introducing the Gladiator, a thrilling kayak meticulously designed to cater to the needs of larger paddlers seeking a lively and stable watercraft without the need for mountain-goat-like agility. With its spacious cockpit, the Gladiator is tailor-made for paddlers ranging from approximately 80kg to 120kg. However, its exceptional stability makes it an equally fantastic option for smaller paddlers in search of a reassuring and secure kayaking experience.

Boasting a length of 5.9m and a beam of 530mm, the Gladiator strikes the perfect balance between speed and stability. Its impressive secondary stability ensures a secure ride even for those pushing the upper weight limit. For paddlers who crave competitiveness, especially in the lighter composite model, the Gladiator is a standout choice.

In the words of Tim Taylor, the driving force behind Ruahine, the Gladiator shares similarities with the Shadow on paper but offers a fractionally faster experience with a corresponding fractionally less stability. This larger kayak exhibits a modest level of primary stability while excelling in secondary stability. Consider the Gladiator as a kayak you'll grow into—a vessel that may feel less comfortable at the start compared to a Shadow, but as your paddling skills evolve, so does your ability to push its speed limits.

The Gladiator is not just a kayak; it's a dynamic companion that adapts to your growing expertise on the water. Experience the perfect blend of speed and stability with the Gladiator—the kayak that evolves with you, promising an exhilarating journey for paddlers of all sizes and skill levels.


Fiberglass $4,349 Composite $4,649


Fibreglass $5,999 Composite $6,299

Ability Level

Beginner +

Paddler Size

80-120 kg and up to 6'5" tall


530 millimetres


5.9 metres


We work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. we will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup

We are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask for an estimate.

Colours Fiberglass

All fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours

Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.     

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To order this craft or to find out more please contact us today. If you prefer to use the phone, call or text Tim on 027 668 9904.

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