Valley North Shore Atlantic Sea Kayak
Valley is Europe's most famous and probably the oldest kayak company.
His British-style kayaks, manufactured strictly in England (Nottingham), were benchmarks for all sea kayak companies, kayak instructors and expedition kayakers.
The Valley North Shore Atlantic is the Valley's most economical 3-ply rotary unbreakable kayak.
A very fast, slim kayak, only 55 cm wide, yet it does not lack the technical playfulness that Valley kayaks have always been famous for.
A previous edition has been my companion for many years, this fast kayak is a love for me. What I would have done with small refinements, they have all been done in this new model, with Valley's 3-layer rotation technique.
Perfect kayak, not pretentious, but perfect. All parameters are premium. If I tell you that I am 78 kg and on a Greek, windy, Skiathos sea tour, I gave this kayak to a 105 kg friend (who had sat in a kayak once in his life before) and he paddled merrily through the one-week sea tour - that says a lot.
It can be maneuvered superbly and quickly when tipped over, it can be kept in the lead with incredible finesse, and its secondary stability is very serious. Despite the fact that it is a professional kayak for many polar expeditions, I would recommend it to any beginner who wants to buy a fast, stiff high-speed kayak. Three watertight cargo compartments provide good packability. It's easy to paddle in huge waves, it stays calm, and it's also a great river kayak.
The equipment is simple and robust in the kayak: they put in the Dagger Mamba thigh support, which for me is the best thigh support in the world (the kayak can easily be Eskimo!). EVAFOAM bulkheads (3 pcs), which greatly stiffen the kayak. Puritan-looking, but still very comfortable seat, with good thigh support, good body control, and a low backrest that helps you lean back. A very, very hit slot! High deck-good thigh position!
It is equipped with a metal footrest and a deep-reaching steel bowden skeg. (The steering wheel is not factory equipment, it is optional, the English are skeg fans)
And to this comes Valley's particularly strong unbreakable HDPE polyethylene, which is the stiffest 3-layer sandwich polyethylene in the world, as stiff as Carbon, only unbreakable. Only they can produce such 3-layer quality in the world, it is light and very resistant.
Length: 515 cm, width: 55 cm, height: 36! cm
Rower weight: 50-110 kg