DetailsValley Sea Kayaks decided to introduce a new strand of DNA into the Valley range, one that is a little more contemporary both in style and paddling feel.
What do we mean? Valley kayaks are traditionally "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. Paddling stroke is also less encumbered and there is a general feeling of having less boat between you and the water. Better…no, different…yes!
Other features are a hull that has 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 other Valley boats to provide secure tracking but still enough to provide a lively ride.
The Etain also features a removable deck-pod storage-unit in front of the cockpit. While holding the same as a regular 4th hatch/compartment, the advantage is that it can be taken up the beach (or into the car/house) with you. The deck-pod is ideal for things like valuables, snacks, car keys, and small items of safety-kit that you might always want close to hand. Other features of the Etain include a locking point situated behind the cockpit and special attention given to cockpit ergonomics.
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' 5" Width: 21.25" Depth: 12.75" Weight* 55 lbs Recommended Paddler Weight: 143-220 lbs.
* Weights stated are approximations for the standard Diolen construction, excluding hatch covers.