Saturday, 5 March 2011

Tootega Pulse 85 now in stock.

Tootega have delivered the new Pulse 85 sit on top kayak. We have been looking forward to this new sit on top and are pleased with the results.

The Pulse is set to become a favourite with juniors and smaller paddlers looking for some good surf and beach fun.

The designer behind the boat has a history with surf kayak design and we can see the influence.

A nice up-swept bow with plenty of rocker to stop the nose digging in when taking off on a wave.

A deep seating area that can be paddled with or with out a back rest and deep foot holds to provide some thing to brace on when paddling.

Each Pulse comes with a screw hatch and drinks bottle as standard and strong d-rings to attach the back rest and optional thigh straps which improve control when surfing. Reccessed side carrying handles and moulded bow and stern handles will make it easy for juniors and adults to carry. A paddle park placed near the stern is great for keeping hold of your paddle when getting back on if you have a capsize. (in our recent test paddle it was easy for a man of about 16 stone to climb back on).

The flat hull will excell in the surf with the centre keel line maintaining tracking for normall paddling. The side cut stingers in the hull enchance the drive to give more speed on the wave.

The Tootega Pulse 85 is light and small. Retailing at £339.00 it is good value for this British designed and made sit on top kayak. Come and demo one today.

Colours available:
Glacier (blue/white pictured), Storm (grey), Firebrick (red), Aurora (green/white), Sunburst (yellow/orange).
You can purchase online here: Tootega Pulse 85 sit on top kayak.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Valley Etain - our first look

We got our first glimpse of the new Valley Etain sea kayak this morning. The Etain is bit of a change from the norm for Valley sea kayaks, they have gone from a 'Fish form' hull with the wide point in front of the paddler to a 'Swede form' hull with the wide point behind the paddler. As well as this the Etain hull also has a very strong 'V' all the way through.

The Etain has a little less rocker than previous models too, this combined with reasonable volume and the 'V' shaped hull make the Etain a quick and easy to paddle all rounder. Capable of load carrying, but not necessarily just an expedition boat, the Etain would also be a great day kayak too.

The Etain also features an interesting new removable front day hatch. The storage pod is easily removed, meaning its easy to take with you with any valuables inside. But it fits neatly and securely when you are out paddling.

New storage pod in and out

The Valley Etain will be available in both Composite and Rotomoulded versions. The Composite version will be available in Glass/Diolen and Carbon/Kevlar versions with all the usual Valley Sea Kayak composite custom options, like keel strip, towing system, pumps, custom bulkheads and many more!

The 'V' shaped hull

The Etain still has classic Valley Sea Kayak styling

The Cockpit has also had a slight re-design, with a different cockpit rim and thighbrace. The New cockpit rim has been designed to give a better seal with spraydecks, by ensuring that the rim is more even without any big gaps above the tight brace like previous versions. Also note the new security point behind the cockpit, designed for securely locking your boat when not in use.

We will have a demo model available soon, contact the shop for further details.