Many details of the Ace of Spades have been improved for the new season and the total weight reduced. In addition, the boat is now available in three different outfitting versions: Pro, Whitewater and Basic.
Agile and dependable
You immediately feel at home in the Ace of Spades! The boat is dependable, precise and intuitive to paddle, it has reserves and manners, which you need in order to feel safe in difficult whitewater. When paddled actively and decisively, it displays dynamics to make anyone addicted! For whitewater beginners and advanced paddlers alike, the Ace of Spades is a boat with reserves and it provides great feedback when you train advanced paddle techniques. For whitewater experts, the Ace of Spades is a reliable tool with which to explore the limits of the sport – and on top of all that, it is great fun when training on easy whitewater too.
The Ace of Spades rewards an active paddle style because it accelerates with minimum effort, retains speed over drops and holes and does not go astray in crossflows. Changing edges is effortless and quick and the upper hull is optimised for predictable resurfacing. The hull’s moderate rocker line makes for easy boofing without the boat losing speed.
Half round, half flat
The hull shape of the Ace of Spades combines the advantages of a round and flat bottom. When paddled flat, it is agile and turns with little effort; when edging, it pulls dynamically into the eddy. However, the edges are not aggressive like those of a flat-bottomed boat but react smoothly if you touch a rock in steep water or use an adjacent rock to boof.
Big, but slim
Despite its volume of 320 litres, the knee area of the Ace of Spades is slim and smooth in order not to hinder an upright and active paddle technique. The cell around the cockpit and the back of the boat also provides a lot of freedom for movement. So paddlers from 65 to 100 kilos feel at home, although when checking the specs, you could gain the impression that the boat is designed for larger paddlers.
The boat’s shell: stiffer and firmer
Blow moulded, not rotated
Because the Ace of Spades is designed to meet high demands, they use high-density thermoplastic for the boat’s shell which is blow moulded at high pressure. That makes the Ace of Spades stiffer and firmer than a boat manufactured by rotational moulding – a fact not only reflected in durability, but also directly in the handling dynamics.
The high performance thermoplastic is also recyclable, so even excess material and left overs from new boats can simply be fed straight back into the moulding process.
The fittings: ergonomic and weight optimised
The three outfitting versions
The Ace of Spades is now available in three outfitting versions. The Pro – known
since last year – has now been joined by two light versions: Whitewater and Basic.
When fitting out the boat, they focussed consistently on ergonomics and weight optimisation: Thanks to the smart design of parts, we have created a sturdy cockpit for a direct and ergonomic interface between the paddler and the boat’s hull. The footrest, thigh braces, seat, hip pads and backrest are all tailored to the ergonomics of a paddler for an untiring day on the river.
The three trim levels differ depending on the application and target group. Whereas the Pro is aimed at experts and ergonomic fetishists, the simple Basic version is recommended for clubs, canoe schools and whitewater cruisers up to a maximum of WW IV. The Whitewater version in between is however suitable for all kinds of whitewater junkies.
The Whitewater and Pro versions feature the same seat, thigh braces and backrest. The seat and central pillar sit on the middle rail which is directly connected to the boat’s hull resulting in a rigid cockpit area.
In the Pro, the foam pillar is replaced by our front bone, which they developed themselves. That makes the cockpit area stiffer and frees up more space in the foot area too. The position of the feet has been further improved by the ergonomic Pro footrest. In the first year alone, the Pro footrest prevented many foot injuries and strengthened its unique market position. The reduced spec Basic version does without either a foam pillar or a middle rail and features a simple footrest. The sets of fittings (seat cushions and hip pads) are available as accessories.
Ace of Spades specifications:
Length: 265 cm
Width: 67.5 cm
Volume: 320 litres
Cockpit size: 90 cm
Weight: approx. 22.5 kg (Pro), 22 kg (WW), 20.5 kg (Basic),
Colour: burnt orange
Paddler weight: 65–110 kg
Retail price: Basic = 890.00 euro
Whitewater = 1,190.00 euro
Pro = 1,390.00 euro