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INSIDE OUT


to develop a proper sub-16-foot kayak was complicated by the spectrum of reasons a paddler might seek out a shorter kayak.” The solution? Twins. Valley split the egg, creating two boats from the same design and tuning each for a specific purpose. The Gemini SP (Sports Play) is the playful twin, prioritizing maneuverability, agility and strength. The Gemini ST (Sports Touring) is more journey-oriented, emphasizing speed, tracking and lighter weight.


Of course, Valley is quick to point out, you can still play in the touring version and tour in the play one, but “the further you get to the ends of that use spectrum, the more you’ll benefit from the specialist.”


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We’re pretty sure he’s not thinking about his PFD right now.


We put this claim to the test in the mercurial waters of a late autumn rendezvous on Lake Superior. When the hoped-for witch of November fails to come stealing, I find myself paddling the Gemini SP on a scenic tour of the coast, sprinting across placid waters with a pod of Nordkapps and Explorers. Considering the SP’s pronounced rocker, hard chines and flatter mid-hull pro- file—not to mention the two-to-three-foot longer waterlines of conventional expedition kayaks—I am pleas- antly surprised that it is able to keep pace. While I am undoubtedly working harder than my companions, the SP doesn’t possess the chelonian flatwater per- formance of some play- biased boats. Tracking is more than adequate with the skeg deployed,


Valley Gemini SP Length Width


Weight Paddler Price


14 ft 10 in 22 in


45 lbs


100–190 lbs $3,500


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I discover when a beam wind teases us on a crossing. Getting in close and scooting through clefts in the cliffs at Montreal River is a highlight of our tour. Unlike many bigger boats, there’s no need for dramatic edging to make effortless turns. Combined with forgiving initial and secondary stability, this makes the SP as much fun for developing paddlers playing a shoreline in calm water as it is for more advanced folks throwing it around in surf or rock gardens.


A day later and 500 miles to the south, the wind is blowing furiously on my local lake, hurling steep, short-period waves against the shore. Hardly the sensuous swell of the ocean, but the SP doesn’t mind. It accelerates quickly with just a few strokes, matching speed with the impatient breakers. The high volume bow stays out of the troughs and the stern stays loose while surfing, making the boat easy to turn and resistant to broaching.


Award winning design, made in Canada quality, patented comfort and attention to detail goes into making every Salus PFD. These things are best appreciated on the water, when you are thinking about them the least and enjoying your adventure the most.


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Like Castor and Pollux, the Bryan Brothers and Ashley and Mary-Kate, the Valley Gemini twins demonstrate two really are better than one. Both boats are spacious enough to accommo- date weekend tours, but if your inclinations lie toward cover- ing distance look to the Gemini ST. From placid gunkholing to rollicking rough water, however, the Gemini SP is a play partner nonpareil. VIRGINIA MARSHALL


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