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 RM 175
Etain RM 177
Optimum Load Range:
180 - 270 lbs.