hōu knows the difference?
Since the demise of Royalex, the focus on canoe materials is back to the 3 layer PE. But are all 3 layer materials the same?
Royalex was lighter, it was fairly tough too, but sadly it’s no longer available. Traditional three layer plastics (made up of an inner and outer plastic with a foam core), were always seen as a poor second. We wanted to develop a material that is stiff, lightweight, tough, wear resistant and simply repairable if needed. Oh, and it mustn’t cost the earth. Not much of a tall order then!
Rather than trying to invent a brand new material, the most obvious solution was to look at improving the material that is already out there. We found some friendly scientists who were able to look at the 3 layer PE material on an Atomic level, and were then able to tune and control the material to affect stiffness, wear and weight at a Nano level whilst it’s being Rotary moulded. It’s also important to be able to dial back these adjustments if required, so the Inversion ability was also added to the mix.
From this A.R.N.I.3 was born and we now have the toughest, stiffest and hardest wearing 3 layer canoes available. - Perfect for all waters.