DetailsThe Etain is a conscious departure from previous Valley designs. Valley kayaks were traditionally more "fish-form" i.e. widest point slightly forward of centre. The Etain is more neutral, in fact very slightly Swede form i.e. widest point rear of centre. Swede form kayaks have a different feel, slightly more glide and a perception of speed that is more noticeable because you are now paddling in a narrower part of the boat. The paddling stroke is also less encumbered and there is a general feeling of having less boat between you and the water. Bettr...NO, different...YES!
Other features are a hull that has a shallow to moderate 'V' in cross-section for good initial stability and rocker, that would best be describe as moderate i.e. slightly less than some older Valley boats to provide secure tracking but still enough to provide a lively ride.
The Etain is designed to appeal to paddlers looking for an expedition style boat with a contemporary feel. Arguably the Etain should appeal to those who are already familiar with the performance of a Valley kayak but also to those who have previously not been a fan of Valley's traditional style!
Length: 17' 1" Width: 21" Depth: 12" Weight: 53 lbs.* Recommended Paddler Weight: 88-154 lbs.
* Weights stated are approximations for the standard Diolen construction, excluding hatch covers