The company has also introduced its Prospector 16 model built with a TeXtreme hybrid fabric made of co-mingled carbon fiber and Innegra tapes at the Toronto Boat Show.
“Advancements in carbon fiber technology are changing the way we design products,” said Bill Swift, President of Swift Canoe & Kayaks. “It has changed the approach of the automotive, sailing, hockey, cycling, and aerospace worlds, to name a few, and its effect on the paddle sports industry is growing exponentially. Using TeXtreme creates an ultra-lightweight canoe that's got an unmatched strength to weight ratio. Using our signature resin infusion process, the TeXtreme cloth generates a unique pattern on the hull that's coupled with increased abrasion resistance compared to our standard carbon cloth.”
Using TeXtreme can achieve weight savings of about 20-30% on the finished composite parts, compared to when using conventional carbon fiber reinforcements, the company says.