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Explorer KX

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Innovative materials enhance the timeless design of the Explorer, creating a sleeker, faster, more responsive and efficient hull that provides more stimulating performance for just about any paddler. A sophisticated hybrid layup of aramid, fiberglass, carbon, and core is shielded by a tough gel coat and formed into the moderately rockered shallow vee hull, providing the balance of efficiency and seaworthiness that has become the hallmark of the Explorer. This canoe is expedition-proven and expedition-worthy but fully accommodating for the family, the fisherman, or any aspiring paddler new to the sport. The Explorer KX is one of those rare canoes that can satisfy the most discerning paddler but also welcomes the developing canoeist.                                                                  

Read more about the Explorer Aramid Hybrid from 'The Expert'.

Gunwale Avg Weight Standard Outfitting MSRP (US) MSRP (CAD)
Aluminum 54 lbs/24 kg Contoured web seats, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles $2705 $2845
Wood 57 lbs/26 kg Contoured cane bow seat, Cane bucket stern seat, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles, Extended slotted wood gunwales $3055 $3205
Pros
  • Predictable handling
  • Can be paddled in reverse for better trim with adult/child paddlers or solo paddler
Cons
  • Slower than swede-form hull
Pros
  • Most versatile hull cross section
  • Highest final stability
  • Superior rough water performance
  • Better tracking
  • Superior rigidity for increased hull efficiency
  • Can be “tuned" (track: paddle straight up; maneuver: lean hull into turn)
Cons
  • Wear concentrated at point of Vee
  • Lower initial stability
  • Slower than shallow arch in calm conditions
Pros
  • Good balance between maneuverability and speed
  • Most versatile keel line
Cons
  • Reduced tracking than straight keel
  • Reduced speed than straight keel
  • Less maneuverable than highly rockered

Aramid (KX)

Mad River Canoe has been building canoes of aramid fiber longer than anyone else, so we know it well. Used to make body armor, aramid boasts a tensile strength 5 times stronger than steel and tremendous impact absorption and tear resistance. Over the years we've combined the best attributes of aramid and a hybrid composite matrix containing fiberglass, graphite and core material to build the most durable canoes per pound available.

Length Width Depth Rocker Capacity
Gunwale @4" Waterline Maximum @Center @Bow @Stern @Bow @stern
495 cm
16'3"
34.5"
88 cm
33.25"
84 cm
34.5"
88 cm
14.5"
37 cm
22.75"
58 cm
21"
53 cm
2.25"
6 cm
2.25"
6 cm
1100 lbs
499 kg
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