These are the entries for the Paddlesport Product of the Year Awards 2019 in the Sea-kayaking category. These awards are organized every year at the occasion of PADDLEexpo. Note that, a product could win the prize although not listed here, if the judges discover once at the show, that a product worth winning was not entered; entering ahead of the show simply guarantees a product to be taken into account by the judges.
NRS – HELIUM JACKET
The new Helium Jacket gives paddlers an affordable touring jacket with a kayak over-skirt that joins with your spray deck to keep your cockpit dry. Itís the perfect option for touring paddlers who want comfortable protection without the expense of a traditional dry cag.
LETTMANN – ADRIA EXPEDITION PLUS
In two sizes : Low Volume and Middle Volume
in three different materials: DCS, LCS, VCS
with integrated rudder
DAGGER – STRATOS 12.5S
Playful and sporty in the surf, yet equally capable for a day trip on the lake, the all-new Stratos 12.5 offers infinite possibilities. Designed for smaller to medium-sized paddlers, the Stratos small accelerates easily with a considerable nod to maneuverability, with the capacity fitting of a lengthier boat. Plus, itís equipped with all the features you need and want – bow and stern bulkheads, TruTrak skeg system, Contour CFS Seating System, and, best of all, Daggerís new touring bulkhead footbrace for added connection. The Stratos small offers dynamic speed, performance as well as tracking with the keg deployed for ease of paddling and extended trips.
LENGTH: 12í 6″ / 381 CM
WIDTH: 24.5″ / 62 CM
DECK HEIGHT: 13.5″ / 34 CM
BOAT WEIGHT: 52.5 LBS. / 23.8 KG
MAX CAPACITY: 250 LBS. / 113 KG
SKUK – THE ECHO
This kayak has been designed for the smaller paddler. For its size it is fast and manoeuvrable. The Echo has a keyhole cockpit with a low rear deck. The Echo is very popular with female paddlers and is one of the only specialist Sea Kayaks available for the smaller lighter paddler.
Front hatch approx. 62lts
Rear hatch approx. 40.5lts
Day hatch approx. 31.7lts
Cockpit approx. 120lts
Length 507cm (16ft 7″)
Width 5cm (19.5″)
NAUTIRAID – KARAN
Frame : Alpine Ash wood
Hull : 1100 Dtex PVC material or Hypalon
Options : stabilairs, rudder, spraydeck, bungee straps, hatches
Deck colours : Arctic White, Commando Black, Orange Tangerine, Expedition Red, Royale Blue, Smoke Grey
Specs : 520 x 55 cm – 23,5 kg – folds in two bag
Assembly time 30 minutes
Karan is the first folding kayak to follow the trend of high speed expedition sea-kayaks with straight bow and stern such as the British Pace from TideRace, Taran from Rockpool or Walkyrie from P&H. We kept the successful Narak underwater lines and get some more rocker and increased freeboard to have enough room inside for gear. With stabilairs the boat can be loaded with 160 kg of paddler + gear, while enabling paddling days of 50 km +. This type of expeditioning can now be achieved more easily anywhere in the world with the new Karan : once folded in two bags, you can travel with it in planes, off-road vehicles and such to reach remote put-ins. This 17 footer can also be paddled for short outings and offers room for big paddlers, with speed and comfort on lakes, big rivers or sea.
PYRAHNA – P&H VALKYRIE
SurfSki and FSK elements fuse to form something the likes of which the ocean has never seen before.
The Valkyrie is a sea kayak designed for speed; whether you use that speed to take on more extensive open water crossings and expeditions, to challenge a circumnavigation record, or just to inject a touch more adrenaline in to your day trips, is up to you.
Paddler Weight Range: 60 – 115kg