Valley Sirona RM (two sizes)

Valley Sirona RM (two sizes)

Valley Sirona RM (two sizes)

$ 2,075.00 USD

Description

Summary – Valley makes the best Roto-Molded sea kayaks, and the Sirona RM is their best handling ocean play/day trip kayak. At around 16’ (488cm), the Sirona is short enough to be considered an Ocean play-boat but long enough to hold it’s speed, even when moderately laden. It's not intended for multi-week expeditions but it is certainly suitable for multi-day camping trips, and if you want a kayak that can take a beating while rock gardening and surfing, the Sirona RM is your best choice.

Of all roto-molded kayaks on the market, Valley's are the stiffest and paddle the most similar to a glass kayak because Valley uses a proprietary triple-layer construction that allows them to make the shell of the kayak thicker without making it heavier (like a sandwich construction with a lightweight core). The triple-layer construction also makes Valley's RM kayaks more durable and more resistant to warping than the single-layer roto-molded kayaks that are the industry standard. A visual clue to this superior construction is that Valley's RM kayaks have a different color on the inside than the outside -- single-layer RM kayaks are all one color through and through. Another thing that make Valley's RM kayaks better than the rest are welded plastic bulkheads instead of caulked-in-place foam bulkheads. Foam bulkheads waste cargo space and require periodic maintenance (re-caulking), giving Valley's RM kayaks greater longevity. Lastly, Valley uses the same hatches, seat, skeg, and deck fittings on their RM kayaks as they use on their composite kayaks (most other brands go cheap with the components on their RM kayaks).

As of 2018, the Sirona RM is available in two sizes: 15.10 and 16.1 (the composite Sirona is available in three sizes 15.10, 16.1, 16.4).


Design – First produced in 2016, the Sirona was an instant hit. Most testers commenting that it retained the versatility of its predecessor, the Avocet, but also noted that it possessed a more playful personality reminiscent of the earlier Pintail.
Despite its playful personality, its 16' hull is one of the fastest in its class. It also responds predictably to edging and has a stability profile that allows intermediate level paddlers to exploit its exceptional speed.
Although not conceived as a long-range expedition kayak, the Sirona is not limited to mere day-trips: it's also quite capable of multi-day adventures. The hull speed allows a Sirona paddler to keep pace in any group, and Valley's current seat/cockpit ergonomics provides all day comfort. 
While it's true that 17'-18' length allows comfortable multi-week trips to be undertaken, at around 16' the Sirona is a great length for those who want a bit of everything: short enough to be easily maneuvered, on or off the water, but long enough to have the speed to keep pace in any group and carry a moderate load for short camping trips. 
The Sirona is truly a kayak to enjoy at any level of ability and one that your skills will never outgrow!


Conclusion - Of course, longer kayaks will ultimately have a higher maximum hull-speed, but this advantage only appears at speeds above those of regular group paddling. Additionally, a full-on expedition kayak like the Etain will more easily accommodate a heavy payload. However, lets be realistic: If, like most people, your paddling consists of regular social day paddles, some rough water play, the odd overnighter and only the very rare possibility of anything longer, then you'll enjoy paddling more in a Sirona.

The Sirona is a state-of-the-art replacement for the venerable Avocet. Sirona's combine the famous maneuverability of the Avocet with more speed, storage, and foot room, bigger hatches, better ergonomics (read comfort and efficiency), and better handling in surf and rough water. That's a lot of improvements.

Like other the contemporary Valley sea kayaks, the Sirona has a moderate "V" hull with soft (round) chines and is designed to take advantage of it's retractable skeg. In practice, these design characteristics give the Sirona predictable responsiveness and make it a versatile sea kayak suited to all types of open-water paddling in all types of conditions.

All Valley sea kayaks come standard with features you would expect in top-of-the-line sea kayaks, which include retractable skeg, front and rear day hatches, recessed deck fittings, rubber hatches, foam seat pad, adjustable back rest.

*A skeg looks like the fin on the bottom of a surf board but on sea kayaks, this skeg is designed to retract into a trunk on the bottom of the hull. With the skeg up, a kayak can be maneuverable, while with the skeg down, it tracks straight even in side wind conditions where most kayaks without rudders weathercock (turn up wind). This combination of good hull design and a retractable skeg have made rudders (and all their problems and limitations) obsolete on sea kayaks (at least for people who know how to paddle).

Call the Kayak Academy to arrange a demo.

Kayak Academy is proud to be the authorized dealer for Valley kayaks in Washington, and we are also the Regional Valley Demo Center which means we have all the latest VCP sea kayaks available to test paddle.

Valley History

Valley kayaks are "the original British style sea-kayaks," so a little history is in order. This is a design style that many believe started with the Nordkapp, first built in 1974. The Anas Acuta, however, is the kayak which really started things off for Valley when launched in 1972. Developed from a native Greenland kayak brought back from the West Greenland village of Lgdlorssuit, it is still in demand today over 40 years on from its inception (now available in a choice of small "ocean cockpit" or keyhole cockpit)! With the Anas Acuta, Valley became one of the first companies to produce a specialist fiberglass sea kayak. Although kayaking on the sea can be traced back several thousand years it was the fiberglass sea kayak that led to the sport's popularity as we know it today.

After a few years of pushing the limits of the Anas Acuta, paddlers developed the need for a kayak that could accommodate equipment for longer self-supported expeditions without sacrificing performance. This led to the development of the Valley Nordkapp. Designed for the British Norway expedition in 1975, the Nordkapp was most famously used for the first rounding of Cape Horn by kayak, and has since been the kayak used for many other "firsts" around the globe. The design principles adopted in this kayak, i.e. the moderately "V'd" keel, softer chines for less drag,the distinct Greenland side profile (with increased freeboard for load carrying), became so widespread that these characteristics became known worldwide as "the British Style" sea kayak. Such is the reputation and ubiquity of the Nordkapp, that it is now one of the benchmarks by which other sea kayaks are compared.

Specs

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FEATURES
Sirona 15.1 RM 15'10"
(482.6 cm)
21.75"
(55.25 cm)
10"
(25.4 cm)
58 lbs
(26.3 kg)
4 VCP rubber hatches - 10" Round Front, 6" Round Front Day Hatch,
8" Rear Day Hatch, and Wide Oval Rear Hatch
Sirona 16.1 RM 16'1"
(490.22 cm)
21.75"
(55.25 cm)
12"
(30.48 cm)
59 lbs
(26.76 kg)
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SPECIAL SHIPPING REQUIRED

Kayaks are excluded from our free shipping policy. Sea kayaks are expensive to ship and prone to being damaged. We recommend picking them up at our shop. If needed, we can provide contact info for specialty boat hauling businesses so you to arrange your own FOB shipping.