Bergans Ally boats

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Bergans Ally boats

Post by Sheepskin » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:49 pm

Contemplating buying one, and wondering if there’s anyone here that has direct experience of them.

The kayak rack is full, I’ve had Mad River Royalex in the past and though tough it was a heavy and large thing to look after.

SonF kayaks aren’t new to me as I’m the keeper of my grandfathers JSmk6 prototype and how small a storage space it takes up.

Similar open boats considered

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Re: Bergans Ally boats

Post by Mal Grey » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:08 pm

I have one, the 15DR version (quite manoeuvrable). Its an excellent piece of kit, well designed and, like most things Norwegian, built to last. Takes a while to build it (40 mins say, on my own) but once up it feels very solid and paddles well. Prone to wind issues when empty, but has been used on big open water in force 3-4 when laden without major issues, paddled solo.

If you're looking at mostly day paddles, when you're building it each time, it adds quite a bit of faff to the day (the Norwegians seem to build it in spring and collapse it at the end of summer. Obviously this means about 6 weeks later to them! ;) ). It comes into its own when doing a few days at a time, and on foreign adventures, when I've found it remarkably easy to fly with.

My normal canoe is a Bell Chestnut Prospector in Royalex. Its better in the wind and obviously a bit tougher, but in some ways the Ally can be both more fun, and easier to portage as its lots lighter. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm scared to death of pinning it, which presumably would mean instant implosion, its fabulous fun on modest whitewater and reacts really well to moving your weight around in the boat to better catch an eddy, etc, etc.

I've written about it a bit on SOTP, from initial thoughts through to added comments after trips later in the thread: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... den-voyage

First trip by train to Knoydart: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... n-Knoydart

First "proper" trip, flying with it: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... ith-canoes

The biggest trip its done was 12 days in Scandinavia from Rogen to Roros, a proper adventure where it proved more than worthy: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... -to-Norway


I used it the other night, just for a change. Enjoyed it, on a tight twisty lowland backwater it was great. Had to build it with an audience of fellow paddlers, which always slows it down a bit despite the help on hand, as you do need to concentrate!!!

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Re: Bergans Ally boats

Post by Sheepskin » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:49 pm

Thanking you kindly for all of that, and given the demise of feathercraft Scandinavian logic heads towards purchase.

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