Materials (Overview)
Select the construction to meet your needs
Fiberglass Construction
The term "custom" would be more appropriate to describe the high-quality construction of our regular fiberglass models. These boats are handcrafted using the best grade of flatweave fiberglass fabrics and resilient resins available. Selective use of extra cloth layers and unidirectional fibers reinforce areas prone to impact or subject to abrasion. All Easy Rider composite fiberglass boats are of the highest quality. They are built to be lifetime boats to be passed on to the next generation.

Custom Glass Construction
The construction method is identical to our Kevlar®/Graphite boats. Custom glass boats feature multi-layer fine-weave glass fabrics instead of Kevlar® fabrics. The fabrics used are of the same weave and thickness as our Kevlar® fabrics. Extra reinforcements are used in impact areas. A smoother interior finish and weight savings are achieved over the standard fiberglass construction.
This construction method is standard with all our Eskimo kayaks.

Kevlar®/Graphite Construction
Lightweight Construction & Maximized Performance. A lightweight boat makes loading and unloading much easier. That means it will get much more spur-of-the-moment use, for daily exercise and relaxation. For increased performance, marathon or triathlon racers generally insist on owning lightweight Kevlar® or Graphite racing machines.
Heavy-Duty Construction & Expedition Strength. A heavy-duty construction is your best choice when ruggedness for whitewater or remote expeditions is desired.
This construction is standard for all our Eskimo Take-A-Part kayaks.
KEVLAR® 49 aramid is a synthetic miracle fiber developed by Du Pont.
Kevlar® is the strongest man-made fiber in existence. Pound for pound, it is five times stronger than steel, yet weighs only half as much as a glass fiber of equal diameter.
Kevlar® is used in the manufacture of lightweight bullet-proof vests.

Featherweight All-Graphite Construction
Serious racers favor super-light All-Graphite boats. These boats accelerate faster during sprints and guarantee a quicker response during maneuvers. Because of the stiffness of the graphite fiber, we can produce featherlight kayaks and backpack canoes weighing less than 28 pounds.
GRAPHITE (carbon) is a lightweight and super-strong fiber and well known to fishing enthusiasts through light, stiff fishing rods. When properly engineered, carbon fiber composites can achieve the strength and stiffness of metal parts with significant weight savings.

Caroline Garland, Washington
“...People always come up to me to ask about this kayak and to see if I am a senior power lifter! The graphite was the right choice for me. At the age of 61, I am looking forward to kayaking for the rest of my life..."

Super-Tough Royalex® ABS Construction
Next to indestructible and lightweight. See Royalex® Canoes
Remember: Fiberglass, Kevlar®, Graphite, and Royalex® ABS are superior to polyethylene material. Polyethylene is no match!