THE SOURIS RIVER ADVANTAGE
There are many intangible reasons why we are proud of our canoes. Like 25 years of ongoing research and development. Like the fact that almost all of our employees have been with us over seven years, and many have been here over ten. Like the fact that our builders are also paddlers, or that outfitters buy our canoes because they need repairs far less often than other brands.
Here are fifteen very tangible reasons why our canoes are superior. Take this list to our competitors and compare. You might find other canoes that share some of our features, but you won’t find any other canoe that has all of them. When you’re done comparing, look-up one of our dealers or contact us for factory direct sales. If you’re still not convinced, some dealers even offer “try before you buy” plans. Or, on your next canoe trip, rent from one of the many outfitters who carry our canoes.
1: EPOXY RESIN
There are two reasons why all KEVLAR® canoes are not created equal. The first is layup (point #7). The second is resin. Epoxy resin is substantially stronger than the vinylester or polyester resin used by our competitors. Polyester and vinylester are both more brittle than epoxy, and more prone to delamination over time.
Epoxy is also more expensive and more difficult to use, which is why others shy away from it. A Souris River Canoe, reasonably cared for, will retain its strength for as long as you’ll be able to paddle it. For an unbiased comparison of polyester, vinylester and epoxy resins, visit the education pages of Netcomposites, which says of epoxy: “Epoxies generally out-perform most other resin types in terms of mechanical properties and resistance to environmental degradation, which leads to their almost exclusive use in aircraft components.”