Best for Advanced Kayakers
P&H Valkyrie 17’8”

The P&H Valkyrie is a high-performance sea touring kayak. Despite its polyethylene construction, this boat is built for speed and maintains the added durability of a boat that can handle being bounced around in rough seas and rubbed up against sharp beach debris.

The narrow, high-volume vertical bow allows this boat to surf waves like no other, while maintaining maximum waterline length for tracking and speed. Like the Scorpio, the low-profile back deck provides ease for re-entry, and the soft chine design of the hull makes this boat easy to roll.

There is ample storage in this boat, although the hatches are a lot longer and narrower than the Scorpio. The Valkyrie will move through the water much faster than the Scorpio, which means it can achieve greater distance on longer multi-day trips. However, this boat is designed for a more experienced paddler and it’s 21” beam can feel tippy for those new to sea kayak touring.

The paddle entry cutaways in this boat are a favorite feature, as they allow for a more vertical blade entry and efficient paddle stroke closer to the kayak. Like the Scorpio, the Valkyrie also has molded inserts for a compass and sail, and in addition, comes with a SmartTrack External Rudder system for superior handling and maneuverability.

The P&H Valkyrie is an excellent sea touring kayak for intermediate to expert paddlers. It’s ideal for those looking to paddle long distances, who are focussed on speed, and who enjoy a downwinder or two while riding the waves.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

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    Robust roto-molded polyethylene construction
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    Comes with an insert and option for an additional sail system
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    Low profile back deck for easy rolling and re-entry
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    Versatile enough for some surfskiing

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHeavier than a thermoformed or fiberglass boat
  • check-markCan be expensive and take a long time to deliver from the UK
  • check-markHigh-performance boat with less stability. Not for beginners

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P&H Valkyrie 17’8”

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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.5

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Robust roto-molded polyethylene construction
  • check-mark
    Comes with an insert and option for an additional sail system
  • check-mark
    Low profile back deck for easy rolling and re-entry
  • check-mark
    Versatile enough for some surfskiing

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHeavier than a thermoformed or fiberglass boat
  • check-markCan be expensive and take a long time to deliver from the UK
  • check-markHigh-performance boat with less stability. Not for beginners

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