Reviews - Valley Nordkapp RM Plastic Sea Kayak Review

Canoe & Kayak UK Test Team - Posted on 18 Oct 2011
Valley Nordkapp RM Sea Kayak
Valley Nordkapp RM Sea Kayak
Where other boats in this test can lay claim to having a strong sea kayaking heritage the Nordkapp RM is the plastic version of the most famous sea kayak design in the world. It’s the plastic version of the current Nordkapp composite sea kayak, which is an evolution of the design used for the original Cape Horn and Nordkapp expeditions of the 1970’s.

Indeed the original prototype was produced with the needs of the Nordkapp expedition in mind, hence the name! Sharing the same tough, stiff triple-layer polyethylene construction, and British style of moderate ‘V’ hull design, solid outfitting and skeg system as the Aquanauts.
Valley Sea Kayaks Nordkapp RM plastic Sea Kayak
On the water the Nordkapp's history shines through. Beginners may feel that it’s a bit tippier than other boats in the test, but its secondary stability is awesome and really inspires confidence in rougher conditions, and once you get used to the initial feel most paddlers will enjoy the way the Nordkapp paddles. It can eat up the miles with ease, but we were surprised how good it was at playing amongst the rocks too.

Its real stock in trade though is getting out on the open sea and it paddled really well even with a heavy load on board. If multi-day trips and expedition style sea kayaking is something you enjoy or aspire too then the Nordkapp is for you, it’s a sea kayakers sea kayak and that’s why it gets our hardcore award.


RRP: £1192
Info: www.valleyseakayaks.co.uk

Specs
Length: 548cm
Width: 53cm
Depth: 36cm
Weight: 26kg






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