Materials & Technology

Heart and Soul

We take our material choices seriously. The heart and soul of a Necky kayak is its bomb-proof, performance hull. Our advanced composite hulls set the high-end standard in the kayak industry, while the remarkably durable Necky polyethylene hulls are second to none in design and performance.


Working with experts in both the aerospace and yacht industries using aircraft-grade materials, Necky has produced laminates that yield kayaks significantly stronger, stiffer and lighter than anything else on the market. In our fiberglass and carbon lay ups, the advanced composite materials are layered with a core added between layers in specific areas to increase the overall stiffness. The result is a lighter yet stronger composite kayak that can endure more impact. Our composite lay-ups are specifically designed to take a beating in rock gardens, surf poundings, and expedition use.  


As a pioneer in the art of rotomolding sea kayaks, Necky has vast experience in drawing on the inherent qualities of polyethylene. We have worked hard to create polymers specifically designed for both recreational and hard core use. Our polymer touring kayaks are constructed from Superlinear® polyethylene, an excellent material for one fundamental reason: bomb-proof durability. The polymer material we use for our recreational kayaks optimizes stiffness, durability and impact resistance while keeping the overall weight of the kayak down. A recreational kayak does not need to weigh a lot to perform well in the water. Our polymer blends also have UV inhibitors mixed into the polyethylene. This addition will help maintain the life of the kayak despite repeated exposure to the sun.


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