Valley Etain  171 / 173 / 175 / 177

The 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. Better…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.

Etain 171

Etain 173

Etain 175

 Load Range:

70-160 lbs.

90-180 lbs.

140 - 230 lbs.

Length:

17'1"

17'3"

17'5"

Width:

20.75"

21"

21.25"

Depth:

12.2"

12.4"

12.75"

180 - 270 lbs.

13.25"

21.5"

17'7"

Etain 177

Construction

Etain

171

Etain

173

Etain

175

Diolen                   50 lbs.        52 lbs.        55 lbs.    61 lbs.

Kevlar/Carbon      46 lbs.        48 lbs.        51 lbs.     57 lbs.

Etain

177

Key Features

  • Removable Deck Pod

 

  • Fast & efficient Shallow V Hull shape

 

  • Large bow & stern Valley hatches to keep gear dry

 

  • Retractable Skeg to aid tracking in windy conditions