Submitted: 04-07-2000 by Deb
There's a big difference between kevlar weight and royalex weight on the Explorer. It depends on what you're looking for. Now that I'm near 50 yrs. old, I'm looking at the new light-weight kevlar, 43 lbs. (I won't play in whitewater with the almost see-through hull, but it will take me hundreds of easy miles on quiet water and long portage, with great tracking and safe cargo haul in wind and wave) Royalex will slip, slide and bounce all the way through whitewater and boulder gardens and big scrapes, but the regular kevlar is right behind it for a weekend playboat. The only problem is that the boat becomes such an old friend, you can't stand to see and hear it take a beating. You will become protective and restrict it to yourself and mature family members use only.