Vagabond Usuto White Water Kayak
Vagabond Usuto White Water Kayak
Vagabond Usuto White Water Kayak
Vagabond Usuto White Water Kayak

The feature that makes a sit-on-top whitewater kayak an absolute winner is that you can fall off and easily climb back on because the kayak floats when it capsizes.

For novices, the Usutu opens the door to whitewater kayaking. Learn how to take effective paddling strokes, master ferry angles and easily catch eddies with the confidence that you can attempt a roll or easily get back on if you capsize. Experienced paddlers benefit from improved confidence and the opportunity to try moves they would hesitate to attempt with a sit-in kayak.

The Usutu has good speed in whitewater, it tracks on flatwater and it is super forgiving. The hull design is based on the Vubu hull, but with more stability added. It is a real whitewater hull that handles rocks well and can boof drops.

The sculpted seat is beautifully shaped and comfortable. Thigh Straps keep you in place and give you greater control in rough water. If you do capsize, your knees can easily slip out from under the straps, or you can roll the boat back up if you have a decent roll.

If you’re in the water, you’ll appreciate the strategically-placed handles that make it easy to grab the kayak and to get back on; they’re also useful to fetch swimmers when you paddle to their aid. The big volume stern is both for buoyancy and storage space for multi-day whitewater trips.

The Usutu is the perfect kayak for whitewater novices. In addition, it is also great for fair-weather paddlers, vacation-only paddlers, weekend warriors, river guides and rescue kayakers.

CHILDREN

To get older children and teens into whitewater kayaking, the Usutu is your best choice. They can develop skills and confidence without fear of being stuck in a kayak; if they fall off, they can climb back on. The Usutu is too big in size for smaller children. For them, go with our children’s kayak, the Kwando, which can easily handle rivers with small rapids.

DOG FRIENDLY

Yes, small-sized dogs – like water-crazy Jack Russells – can easily sit between your legs.

FLATWATER

As rivers are not all rapids – there are always flatwater sections. The Usutu tracks beautifully and moves swiftly to get you through open stretches.

TOURING

For multi-day whitewater trips where there are lots of rapids and not too many miles of flatwater, the Usutu is a great kayak. It is easy to pack your stuff in the stern of the kayak, which has huge volume and lots of space. It is important to keep the weight as close as possible to the centre of the boat. It is advisable to clip your drybags to the rope loops underneath the hatch.

FISHING

Nope, this whitewater kayak is not designed for fishing.

OCEAN

Like you, the Usutu enjoys beach holidays. But the Usutu is definitely more at home on rivers.

OCEAN SURF

Designed to be able to surf in rapids, the Usutu can certainly handle surfing waves at the beach. If you plan to spend more time at the coast, get our Dumbi kayak instead.

WHITEWATER

It is on rivers and in rapids that the Usutu is most at home. For beginners, Usutu allows you to play and learn as you develop whitewater skills and confidence. If you fall off, just climb back on. For experienced paddlers, you’ll enjoy the freedom of this sit-on-top and the opportunities it opens to test and stretch your skills without worrying about taking a swim. If you have a solid roll, you’ll be able to roll the Usutu.

SUP

Not Suitable

Length 305 cm / 10′
Width 75 cm / 29.5″
Height 42 cm / 16.5″
Weight 23 kg / 51 lb
Ideal paddler weight 55-90 kg / 120-200 lb
Max. carrying capacity 100 kg / 220 lb

 



Vagabond is a small but very dynamic kayak company. The range of high-performance recreational and white-water kayaks are all designed and manufactured in-house on state-of-the-art equipment. The Vagabond team is made up of five partners. Together, they are the magic behind the brand – uniting their passions and skills and experiences. Between them, The partners have over 140 years of paddling experience!


The small South African town of Parys, on the banks of the Vaal River, is the place that Vagabond calls home. It is here that everything happens, from design, development and manufacturing to testing prototypes on the rapids and flatwater sections of the Vaal River.

WHAT MAKES Vagabond DIFFERENT

Vagabond is a kayak brand whose partners have a collective 140 years of paddling experience between them. But this doesn’t make the brand any different to many other brands created and run by kayakers. It is how and why we do things that sets us apart.

Easy-to-use, high-performance kayaks

Vagabond focus is on making high-performance kayaks that are easy-to-use. We want recreational paddlers to enjoy paddling well-designed and crafted kayaks that are suited to their activities. This means that Vagabond boats have speed and stability. Indeed, Vagabond boats are not just blobs of plastic dished up to the inexperienced as a ‘recreational kayak’. No, no, no! Vagabond believe that for social, casual and infrequent paddlers to really enjoy the experience of paddling, that Vagabond kayaks must be good. Very good.

Vagabond kayaks are so good that experienced paddlers (and their children) will love taking these kayaks on dams, rivers and the sea. Fast, easy-to-use and a pleasure to paddle, Vagabond is your first choice when it comes to choosing a kayak.

Launching a new kayak company with 15 kayaks

Vagabond launched with 11 unique designs plus four angler versions – that’s unprecedented! Instead of launching with a boat or two and adding new models each year, Vagabond had the pleasure (and pressure!) of being able to design and develop a full range in one go. The range has a consistent appearance and key features – like the Paddle Cutaways – are common to all designs. Our designs are all new and as such there are no old versions.

The best fittings on every Vagabond kayak

The fittings are the best that Celliers Kruger has designed – and he has designed many drain plugs, hatches, thigh straps and attachment fittings during his career. In addition to those fittings commonly found on kayaks, Vagabond kayaks also feature Celliers’ innovative Multifit, Scupper Venturi and Footrest fittings.

We do not have different grades of fittings for different boats. We have only one type of each fitting; the very best design of the highest quality. Every boat gets the same treatment; from the Kwando (children’s sit-on-top) to the double-seater Mazowe and the Vubu whitewater creekboat. Nothing but the best for every model.

Vagbond kayaks suit a specific purpose or fill a gap in the market

Worldwide, there are dozens of kayak companies. Vagabond is not looking to just put more kayaks into stores. With more than two decades in the kayaking industry, Vagabond has identified gaps in the market and have created kayaks for specific purposes.

With this in mind, you won’t see Vagabond launching a ‘new’ model every year where the only change has been to the colour of the boat. Instead, new models will be carefully considered and created to respond to a need in the market.

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The feature that makes a sit-on-top whitewater kayak an absolute winner is that you can fall off and easily climb back on because the kayak floats when it capsizes.

For novices, the Usutu opens the door to whitewater kayaking. Learn how to take effective paddling strokes, master ferry angles and easily catch eddies with the confidence that you can attempt a roll or easily get back on if you capsize. Experienced paddlers benefit from improved confidence and the opportunity to try moves they would hesitate to attempt with a sit-in kayak.

The Usutu has good speed in whitewater, it tracks on flatwater and it is super forgiving. The hull design is based on the Vubu hull, but with more stability added. It is a real whitewater hull that handles rocks well and can boof drops.

The sculpted seat is beautifully shaped and comfortable. Thigh Straps keep you in place and give you greater control in rough water. If you do capsize, your knees can easily slip out from under the straps, or you can roll the boat back up if you have a decent roll.

If you’re in the water, you’ll appreciate the strategically-placed handles that make it easy to grab the kayak and to get back on; they’re also useful to fetch swimmers when you paddle to their aid. The big volume stern is both for buoyancy and storage space for multi-day whitewater trips.

The Usutu is the perfect kayak for whitewater novices. In addition, it is also great for fair-weather paddlers, vacation-only paddlers, weekend warriors, river guides and rescue kayakers.

CHILDREN

To get older children and teens into whitewater kayaking, the Usutu is your best choice. They can develop skills and confidence without fear of being stuck in a kayak; if they fall off, they can climb back on. The Usutu is too big in size for smaller children. For them, go with our children’s kayak, the Kwando, which can easily handle rivers with small rapids.

DOG FRIENDLY

Yes, small-sized dogs – like water-crazy Jack Russells – can easily sit between your legs.

FLATWATER

As rivers are not all rapids – there are always flatwater sections. The Usutu tracks beautifully and moves swiftly to get you through open stretches.

TOURING

For multi-day whitewater trips where there are lots of rapids and not too many miles of flatwater, the Usutu is a great kayak. It is easy to pack your stuff in the stern of the kayak, which has huge volume and lots of space. It is important to keep the weight as close as possible to the centre of the boat. It is advisable to clip your drybags to the rope loops underneath the hatch.

FISHING

Nope, this whitewater kayak is not designed for fishing.

OCEAN

Like you, the Usutu enjoys beach holidays. But the Usutu is definitely more at home on rivers.

OCEAN SURF

Designed to be able to surf in rapids, the Usutu can certainly handle surfing waves at the beach. If you plan to spend more time at the coast, get our Dumbi kayak instead.

WHITEWATER

It is on rivers and in rapids that the Usutu is most at home. For beginners, Usutu allows you to play and learn as you develop whitewater skills and confidence. If you fall off, just climb back on. For experienced paddlers, you’ll enjoy the freedom of this sit-on-top and the opportunities it opens to test and stretch your skills without worrying about taking a swim. If you have a solid roll, you’ll be able to roll the Usutu.

SUP

Not Suitable

Length 305 cm / 10′
Width 75 cm / 29.5″
Height 42 cm / 16.5″
Weight 23 kg / 51 lb
Ideal paddler weight 55-90 kg / 120-200 lb
Max. carrying capacity 100 kg / 220 lb

 



Vagabond is a small but very dynamic kayak company. The range of high-performance recreational and white-water kayaks are all designed and manufactured in-house on state-of-the-art equipment. The Vagabond team is made up of five partners. Together, they are the magic behind the brand – uniting their passions and skills and experiences. Between them, The partners have over 140 years of paddling experience!


The small South African town of Parys, on the banks of the Vaal River, is the place that Vagabond calls home. It is here that everything happens, from design, development and manufacturing to testing prototypes on the rapids and flatwater sections of the Vaal River.

WHAT MAKES Vagabond DIFFERENT

Vagabond is a kayak brand whose partners have a collective 140 years of paddling experience between them. But this doesn’t make the brand any different to many other brands created and run by kayakers. It is how and why we do things that sets us apart.

Easy-to-use, high-performance kayaks

Vagabond focus is on making high-performance kayaks that are easy-to-use. We want recreational paddlers to enjoy paddling well-designed and crafted kayaks that are suited to their activities. This means that Vagabond boats have speed and stability. Indeed, Vagabond boats are not just blobs of plastic dished up to the inexperienced as a ‘recreational kayak’. No, no, no! Vagabond believe that for social, casual and infrequent paddlers to really enjoy the experience of paddling, that Vagabond kayaks must be good. Very good.

Vagabond kayaks are so good that experienced paddlers (and their children) will love taking these kayaks on dams, rivers and the sea. Fast, easy-to-use and a pleasure to paddle, Vagabond is your first choice when it comes to choosing a kayak.

Launching a new kayak company with 15 kayaks

Vagabond launched with 11 unique designs plus four angler versions – that’s unprecedented! Instead of launching with a boat or two and adding new models each year, Vagabond had the pleasure (and pressure!) of being able to design and develop a full range in one go. The range has a consistent appearance and key features – like the Paddle Cutaways – are common to all designs. Our designs are all new and as such there are no old versions.

The best fittings on every Vagabond kayak

The fittings are the best that Celliers Kruger has designed – and he has designed many drain plugs, hatches, thigh straps and attachment fittings during his career. In addition to those fittings commonly found on kayaks, Vagabond kayaks also feature Celliers’ innovative Multifit, Scupper Venturi and Footrest fittings.

We do not have different grades of fittings for different boats. We have only one type of each fitting; the very best design of the highest quality. Every boat gets the same treatment; from the Kwando (children’s sit-on-top) to the double-seater Mazowe and the Vubu whitewater creekboat. Nothing but the best for every model.

Vagbond kayaks suit a specific purpose or fill a gap in the market

Worldwide, there are dozens of kayak companies. Vagabond is not looking to just put more kayaks into stores. With more than two decades in the kayaking industry, Vagabond has identified gaps in the market and have created kayaks for specific purposes.

With this in mind, you won’t see Vagabond launching a ‘new’ model every year where the only change has been to the colour of the boat. Instead, new models will be carefully considered and created to respond to a need in the market.

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