Maine Island Kayak Co. delivered a new NDK Explorer to Canada for Paddling Magazine to write this review.
By Virginia Marshall. Originally published in Paddling Magazine.
When the going gets tough, the tough get this SKUK Classic.
If modern expedition kayaks have a phenotype—that is, a distinctive appearance and characteristics based on a combination of genetic traits and environmental factors—the Explorer may exemplify it best.
The fine lines of the upswept bow and stern, the narrow beam and the clean, functional deck layout are informed by the classic British interpretation of traditional Greenlandic kayaks. From this base DNA, designer and renowned expedition paddler, Nigel Dennis, refined the shape and layup to address the unique challenges of extended journeys on remote, exposed coastlines.