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Valley Etain Sea Kayak

UK Manufactured High Performance Sea Kayak

The Etain is an expedition style boat with a contemporary feel. Available with a range of options, including materials and outfitting choices.

Valley Etain All Szies (GRP Composite) - £3495.00

Valley Etain All Sizes (Kevlar Carbon) - £3995.00

Valley Etain sea kayak

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Valley Etain

The Etain has been Valley's flagship expedition sea kayak now for many years, and been used on many ground breaking trips and expeditions across the globe.

The Valley Etain represents a change from the norm from the Valley Sea Kayak traditional design 'Fish-form' design, whereby the widest part of the boat is just in front of the seated position for a more progressive Swede-form. The Etains' widest point is just aft of the mid-point, making this a superb sea kayak that feels faster and has a leaner profile in front of the paddler. This has been carefully considered in the design and is only slight so that the boat offers slightly more glide and a perception of increased speed that feels more noticeable because it feels less encumbered being paddled at the narrowest part. While we can't say that a Swede-form design is better, it is certainly different, and widely appreciated.

The shallow to moderate V in the cross-section offers good initial stability; whilst a moderate rocker still ensures good tracking, predictable handling and a fast ride. The Etain has 4x watertight hatches to allow for a full expedition load to be carried. A locking point situated behind the cockpit doesn't affect the cockpit ergonomics but does allow for a solid secure attachment point.

Available in three sizes;

17ft 1” is the smallest size – best suited for slighter paddlers, those who want a good sized fast sea kayak with trip capacity but still want to feel connected and still retain easy control when not out for multiple days.

17ft 5” the mid size – this is designed to offer a suitable “all-round” for average sized paddlers, whom may want some longer trip capacity and a boat that which behaves when lightly or unloaded. This trait also makes it a fantastic full expedition boat for paddlers on the smaller than average scale.

17ft 7” the largest size available – suited for paddlers who want a large contemporary expedition kayak or for those who are heavier, want to pack multi-day kit and wish to get the best performance from their sea kayak.

Key Features

  • 4x Hatches.
  • Deck Lines.
  • Adjustable Backrest.
  • Retractable Skeg.
  • Padded Seat and Hip Pads

Dimensions - Etain 17-7

  • Length: 17’7"(536cm)
  • Width: 21.5" (54.5cm)
  • Depth: 13.25”(33.5cm)
  • Weight: 50lbs (26kg)
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 198-297lbs/ 90-135kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Dimensions - Etain 17-5

  • Length: 17’5" (531cm)
  • Width: 21.25" (54cm)
  • Depth: 12.75”(32.5cm)
  • Weight: 49lbs (25kg)
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 143-220lbs/ 65-100kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Dimensions - Etain 17-1

  • Length: 17’1" (521cm)
  • Width: 21" (53.5cm)
  • Depth: 12”(30cm)
  • Weight: 48lbs (24kg)
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 88-154lbs/ 40-70kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Weights are based on an average value for a standard GRP composite construction Etain with Hatch Covers fitted. For Carbon Kevlar weights subtract approx. 20% of these figures.

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We do not offer a courier delivery service for the Valley Etain (or any other composite kayak)

Please contact us if you would like a delivery price using our own vehicles.

Collection - Click & Collect

You can buy a Valley Etain online from our website and pick it up from ourselves or from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - Near Newquay
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Hampshire

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

For further help and information about the Valley Etain, please call us on 01925 818437