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.