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    Anybody out there using any of the new materials replacing Royalex? Seems to be at least three versions of bonded layered canoes on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    Anybody out there using any of the new materials replacing Royalex? Seems to be at least three versions of bonded layered canoes on the market.
    I have heard folks here in Whitehorse had a good season with the new T-Formex
    http://www.esquif.com/en/t-formex/

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    Quote Originally Posted by North61 View Post
    I have heard folks here in Whitehorse had a good season with the new T-Formex
    http://www.esquif.com/en/t-formex/
    Would that be the rental fleet at Up North?

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    I have little to add, but here is a discussion about t-formex from another canoeing web-site.
    They had some display models at a canoeing outreach in Wisconsin.
    http://bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction...ID=12&confID=1
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    Quote Originally Posted by North61 View Post
    I have heard folks here in Whitehorse had a good season with the new T-Formex
    http://www.esquif.com/en/t-formex/
    They are supposed to have a dealer in Alaska but this email doesn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    They are supposed to have a dealer in Alaska but this email doesn't work.
    The canoe shop on the Chena River in Fairbanks is supposed to be a dealer, he had a whitewater version or two last time I was in there. I had to drive 13hrs round trip to Whitehorse to buy a Esquif freighter 6 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindenTree View Post
    I have little to add, but here is a discussion about t-formex from another canoeing web-site.
    They had some display models at a canoeing outreach in Wisconsin.
    http://bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction...ID=12&confID=1
    Good link, confirms what I had heard this Spring. So both Wenonah and Esquif are producing T-formex canoes this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    The canoe shop on the Chena River in Fairbanks is supposed to be a dealer, he had a whitewater version or two last time I was in there. I had to drive 13hrs round trip to Whitehorse to buy a Esquif freighter 6 years ago.
    Found it! Thanks but they don't open up till May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    Would that be the rental fleet at Up North?

    Yes, that's right.

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    Thanks, I'll check-in with Up North.

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    I really like the weight of the Esquif Heron now at 69 pounds. 14'7" and holds 800 pounds, square stern, 38 1/2" width. Seems ideal for one person. Now to find one. Only reply I have gotten was from Yellowknife Canada and I really don't want to drive that far.

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    Up North can order them, they are a bit closer in Whitehorse. Not sure how long it would take. I ordered from Esquif directly for delivery to Up North.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    Up North can order them, they are a bit closer in Whitehorse. Not sure how long it would take. I ordered from Esquif directly for delivery to Up North.
    All ready have an email into them but no answer.

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    Once spartech stopped making royalex, it's been really hard for alot of canoe builders that I talk to. Royalex was like canoe-builders welfare cheese. It was cheap to buy and cheap to work with, resulting in a great product since the 1980's. Canoe builders were hooked on the welfare cheese.

    Then....welfare cheese was no longer available, and canoe manufacturers have really been hurt, scrambling for a replacement. The only guys that weren't hurt, were the guys that stuck with composite technology: Clipper canoes.

    Clipper never used welfare cheese, they were always invested in composite technology, because of this, a Clipper canoe is the only double ender I'll personally buy.

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    Our rocky bottom rivers are hell on expensive composite canoes, the reason(s) Royalex was so popular, cheap, floatation built in, bounced off or slid over rocks and relatively light compared to poly canoes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    All ready have an email into them but no answer.
    they didn't answer my email either... I saw the Wenonah truck pull into Fairbanks yesterday! Delivering the new T Formex canoes to Beaver sports and some were marked for REI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    they didn't answer my email either... I saw the Wenonah truck pull into Fairbanks yesterday! Delivering the new T Formex canoes to Beaver sports and some were marked for REI.
    Could not wait. Found a decent 14' for $400. Just have to remove the worthless plastic seats and put in webbed ones and a carrying yoke.

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    Bump this thread to see if anyone has any field reports on how the new T-Formex (Royalex replacement), is working out? Stiffer? Softer? Tougher?

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    Yeah, saw that one last Spring. Nice canoe but he appears to be sponsored.

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