Ruahine Gladiator

The Gladiator is an exciting kayak is designed to meet the needs of the larger paddler who’s looking for a lively, stable kayak that you don't have to be a mountain goat to fit into. Fitted with our larger cockpit, it’s suitable for the paddlers from approximately 80kg up to 120kg but due to it's stability it's also a great option for smaller paddlers who are looking for something that feels a bit safer.

With its 5.9m length and  beam of 530mm, this kayak has plenty of speed along with a high degree of secondary stability. This basically means it's extremely stable while retaining a high degree of competitiveness, especially if you choose the lighter composite model.

Tim’s Notes: we have a lot of people asking what the difference is between this kayak and the Shadow. On paper they're very similar but on the water it's fractionally faster but correspondingly fractionally less stable. This is a larger yak with a modest level of primary and high level of secondary stability. It’s the type of kayak that you will grow into so you may feel less comfortable in the beginning than a Shadow but the better paddler you become, the faster you’ll be able to push it.



Fiberglass $3699 Composite $4299

Ability Level


Paddler Size

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





Order this kayak

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

Coast to Coast Package

Ruahine Kayaks is the only supplier in NZ that can supply you with the complete coast to coast equipment package

Fibreglass option $5498 or Carbon Kevlar option $6098

All packages include the kayak, our Tahi wing paddle, PFD, spray deck, helmet, pants, jacket, 2x airbags, and dry bag. Click here to check out the items.

Things You Need To Know...

Ordering - 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 our workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask us 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 – 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.