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Explorer Aramid Hybrid

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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'.

Extended slotted wood gunwales available 9/1/2013

Gunwale Avg Weight Standard Outfitting MSRP
Aluminum 54 lbs/24 kg Contoured web seats, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles $2599
Wood 57 lbs/26 kg Contoured cane bow seat, Cane bucket stern seat, Contoured portage yoke, Shaped ash carry handles, Extended slotted wood gunwales $2819
Factory-Installed Options Additional Cost
Skid Plates $250 - $270
  • Predictable handling
  • Can be paddled in reverse for better trim with adult/child paddlers or solo paddler
  • Slower than swede-form hull
  • 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)
  • Wear concentrated at point of Vee
  • Lower initial stability
  • Slower than shallow arch in calm conditions
  • Good balance between maneuverability and speed
  • Most versatile keel line
  • Reduced tracking than straight keel
  • Reduced speed than straight keel
  • Less maneuverable than highly rockered

Aramid Hybrid Fibers


  • good resistance to abrasion 
  • good resistance to organic solvents
  • nonconductive
  • good fabric integrity at elevated temperatures 


  • para-aramid fibers such as Kevlar and Twaron, provide outstanding strength-to-weight properties
  • high tenacity
Length Width Depth Rocker Capacity
Gunwale @4" Waterline Maximum @Center @Bow @Stern @Bow @stern
495 cm
88 cm
84 cm
88 cm
37 cm
58 cm
53 cm
6 cm
6 cm
1100 lbs
499 kg
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