Does anyone have any knowledge of this manufacturer and any 1st hand info of the models they produce?
Never heard of them until now. Looking at their very slick website, they are very intriguing boats, made of a biocomposite based on flax (linen fiber). Seems to have only been in business for 5 years. Pricing around $3,000 USD range. Only one North American dealer, in Ottawa, Ontario. I’ll shoot an email to my friend and kayaking guru in Ontario (who’s a long time member of a large local paddling group) and see if he’s heard of them or seen one of their boats.
How did you find out about them?
I was looking at Norse Kayaks that this dealer in Ottawa On. was carrying. Then noticed this Melker brand that they also carry. The price on them was pretty attractive.
Wow, using flax fiber to make kayaks. Cool. I gotta say, though, the look reminds me of those 70s ‘wood’ panel station wagons.
I remember seeing a review of one of their models in a paddling magazine article. If I can find the article/issue I’ll post that info.
The review is in the FALL 2019 issue of PADDLING MAGAZINE, on pg. 39.
The article is titled “Melker Ulvon HV - A SPEEDY EXPEDITION KAYAK WITH A PLAYFUL ALTER EGO”.
Melker; I bought the Ulvon LV. The build quality was there, Wish it weight it bit less than the scaled 53 lbs. But I liked the lines of the boat and a sale on a new kayak, out the door ,just under $3,000 Ca. , was too much for me to pass on. Now waiting for spring to get aquainted with it. It was a Merry Christmas gift to me! Just hard finding reviews, I know the boat is being built at the same place that produces Zegul/Tahe.
Cool! Congratulations on that acquisition. $3000 Canadian is a great deal for a quality new composite kayak (less than $2400 US at the moment). You’ll have to let us know how she paddles.
(shameless plug) …and now available in the US at Offshore / Paddling Warehouse in Chicago
Can’t get website to work properly . I looked at them while back.
They were showing the next iteration of the Rodloga series at the European paddlesports show a couple weeks back, 100% bio-resin with a no gel-coat finish, and about 45 lbs. Should be available in the US early spring, 2023.
Jon Long here at Rutabaga Paddlesports and normally I wouldn’t normally plug from work but in this case as this is a relatively new company with only one US distributor I think knowing where you might find these boats is a good thing.
We will be stocking the Ulvon, Rodloga models in high and low volume and the Vadero model. Notably these boats are manufactured with a much more environmentally friendly process and materials than most composite boats. This sounds like marketing hype but when you sell as many boats as we do you realize that a cleaner process makes a big difference.
Look us up!