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Valley Etain Sea Kayak

Valley Etain Sea Kayak

Composite Expedition Style Sea Kayak

The Etain is an Expedition style boat with a contemporary feel. The Etain also features a removable deck-pod storage-unit and is avaliable in three sizes.

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Valley Etain Sea Kayak


Valley kayaks are traditionally “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. 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 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 other Valley boats to provide secure tracking but still enough to provide a lively ride. The Etain also features a removable deck-pod storage-unit in front of the cockpit. Whilst holding the same as a regular 4th hatch/compartment, the advantage is, it can be taken up the beach (or into the car/house) with you. The deck-pod is ideal for things like valuables, snacks, car keys, and small items of safety-kit that you might always want close to hand. Other features of the Etain include a locking point situated behind the cockpit and special attention given to cockpit ergonomics.


The Etain 17-3 is designed to appeal to smaller sized paddlers, those who might need some long trip capability but still want a kayak that behaves when lightly loaded for those day trips.


The Etain 17-5 is designed to offer more “all-round” appeal to regular sized paddlers, those who might need some long trip capability but still want a kayak that behaves when lightly loaded. These same traits also make it an ideal full expedition style boat for smaller paddlers.


The Etain 17-7 is designed to appeal to regular sized paddlers looking for a full expedition style boat with a contemporary feel, the same traits also make it an ideal all rounder for the larger paddler


  • Removeable Deck Pod.
  • 3 Hatches.
  • Deck Lines.
  • Adjustable Backrest.
  • Skeg.
  • Padded Seat & Hip Pads.



  • Length 525cm.
  • Width 53.5cm.
  • Weight 24kg.
  • Load Suitability 41-82kg.


  • Length 531cm.
  • Width 54cm.
  • Weight 25kg.
  • Load Suitability 63.5 - 104kg.


  • Length 536cm.
  • Width 54.5cm.
  • Weight 26kg.
  • Load Suitability 72.5 - 112kg.

Accessories that you may need


coiled paddle leash for sea kayaks

North Water Coiled Paddle Leash

Coiled paddle leash that maximizes movement and keeps it out of the water.

Price £24.95

Thule Hull A Port

Thule Hull-A-Port 835-1

J style cradle kayak carrier provides superb protection with padded contact points and space saving storage allowing for a narrow roof box, bike carrier or even another kayak carrier.

Price £129.60 (RRP £144.00 - Saving £14.40)

North Water Dynamic Pro Sea Tow Line

North Water Dynamic Pro Sea Tow Line

This sleek, compact tow line unfolds to make a large wide-mouth bag that is easy to re-stuff in rough water conditions. 

Price £69.95

NRS Bilge Pump

NRS Bilge Pump

Don't take a bath in your boat! A swamped craft is as dangerous as it is uncomfortable. The NRS 21" bilge pump with float can bail out your boat and bail you out of a bad situation in no time.

Price £18.95


To prevent damage, we do not send composite kayaks by courier. Please contact us if you require delivery and we will endeavour to provide a delivery price using our own vehicles.

Alternatively we offer nationwide collection from any of our stores listed below


Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Valley Etain Sea Kayak online from our website and collect from our shop at Lee Mill, Plymouth, Devon or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with this*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road Nr Newquay
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Southampton

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

If you need any further help or advice about the Valley Etain Sea Kayak please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop


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