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Valley Sea Kayaks

10 (More) Sea Kayaks to Try Before You Buy

While I'm a fan of British-style boats -- I own two -- I don't think that they are the only kayaks that you should try before you buy. I think that you should try as many different styles of boats as possible before making a buying choice. Chance are that if you've been paddling for awhile, you already know what you like, but if you haven't, you need to try a bunch of different styles. In that theme, here are my top 10 sea kayak picks to try.

Songs of Experience

Yesterday I wrote about 10 sea kayaks that everyone should at least test paddle before they invest in a brand new sea kayak. One reader commented that I should have included at least one of the great traditional or Greenland kayak in the group. I got his point. Today I'll talk about that a bit and explain why no Greenland style kayaks made the list and tell you which ones would have if they, well, would have..

Lightning, It’s so “Very”!

We're back from the symposium at Door County here in Wisconsin. We've only got a couple days of "down time" before we head back up to Grand Marais, MI for the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. For the moment let me just share a few pictures of the best kayak art work I saw at Door. This Valley Anas Acuta was at it's base black or very, very, very dark blue with lots of purple and red glitter. Lightning stripes were inlaid into the gelcoat. I could be a fussy pain in the bum and critique the detailing but all in all this is a darn pretty boat!

Valley Nordkapp

Saturday after coaching an introduction to sea kayaking class at Rutabaga in Madison, WI., I had the opportunity to test paddle a beautiful "almost new" fiberglass Valley Nordkapp. Apparently the story behind this sharp black and red kayak is that the owner only had it for a short time before deciding was a bit too much horse. I can see that...