Valley Etain 17.1, 17.5 & 17.7

Expedition Composite Sea Kayak

The Valley Etain is a fast and spacious expedition sea kayak with room for plenty of kit.

Valley Etain GRP - £3495.00

Valley Etain Carbon/ Kevlar - £3995.00

Valley Etain Sea Kayak

Valley Etain

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  • Features / Spec
  • Custom Options
  • Colours
  • Delivery

Valley Etain


Valley are a company that have been part of the sea kayak world for many, many years and produced one of the most popular expedition sea kayak designs of all time; the Nordkapp, way back in 1974. The Etain is a departure from their traditionally fish form boat designs (widest point forward of the cockpit) with a swede form shape (widest point rear of the centre) that offers slightly better glide through the water and a less encumbered paddling stroke, thanks to its narrower shape in front of the cockpit area.


Compared to the older Valley designs we all know, the Etain has better initial stability due to its shallow V section hull and and swede form design. The hull also has a moderate rocker which allows you to still have a fun and lively ride and once on edge the Etain sits on a solid wall of secondary stability and allows you to turn positively and effortlessly.


The Valley Etain is fitted out with everything you would expect to see from a top end expedition sea kayak including a central storage pod in front of the cockpit. Although this is not the largest of storage hatches it gives the paddler ample leg room and foot room which is essential for the larger footed paddler. It is also removable to allow you to carry it off if you stop in town for lunch. There is plenty of other storage in the 2 large oval hatches and round day hatch and a wire operated drop down skeg helps with directional stability in windy conditions.


  • Retractable Skeg
  • Adjustable Footrest
  • Padded Seat and thigh braces
  • Adjustable Backrest
  • 4 Hatches
  • Compass reccess for fitting optional Silva 70P compass
  • Deck Lines and bungees













Valley Etain 17.1 Dimensions

  • Length 521cm.
  • Width 53.5cm.
  • Weight 24kg.
  • Manufacturers Paddler Weight Capacity: 40-81kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Valley Etain 17.5 Dimensions

  • Length 531cm.
  • Width 54cm.
  • Weight 25kg.
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 65-100kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Valley Etain 17.7 Dimensions

  • Length 536cm.
  • Width 54.5cm.
  • Weight 26kg.
  • Manufacturers Paddler Weight Capacity: 90-135kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Valley Etain for your weight

Valley Custom Options - Please call to discuss your requirements

Valley Sea Kayak Keep Strip

Keel Strip

The most popular option for custom sea kayaks, a 50mm wide length of tape is run down the centre of the hull to offer extra reinforcement. This can be colour coded to the boat or left clear.

Custom Bulkhead

Custom Bulkheads

A custom position bulkhead can be done for a number of reasons; for fitting of a foot pump, in order to maximise available hatch space or to use as a footrest.

Palm Loweswater to fit Expression


Most valley sea kayaks can be fitted from the factory with a Silva 70p compass in the recess just in front of the front hatch.

Folding Kayak trolley for use with the Perception Expression


Whilst most people will be happy with the skeg system fitted as standard to all Valley sea kayaks there is the option of having a rudder fitted to most models.



Valley Custom Colours


For delivery of Valley Etain please contact us with your delivery address and we will endeavour to provide a delivery price & service using our own fleet of vehicles where possible.

Alternatively we offer nationwide click and collect service from any of our stores as listed below.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Valley Etain online from our website and collect from our shop in Hamworthy, Poole or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection.

Our other stores are:

  • Southampton Canoes - Totton, Hampshire
  • Cornwall Canoes - St. Columb Road, Nr Newquay
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven, East Sussex
  • Kayaks & Paddles - Plymouth, Devon
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington, Cheshire
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich, Norfolk

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

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Valley Etain