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T-FormexThe Ultimate Material For Rugged Canoes

T-Formex cutawayT-Formex is a high tech ABS plastic laminate, specially designed for products that require structural memory and a resistance to abrasion and impacts. These characteristics makes it the best choice for recreational, whitewater, and expedition canoes. Esquif is the developer and manufacturer of T-Formex and all of the sheets are made in our Frampton, QC canoe factory.

Comprised of an ABS plastic foam core, layers of ABS plastic sheets, and a protective outer skin the various layers of T-Formex are bonded together with heat and pressure in a large autoclave.  When it is time to make a canoe hull, the sheet is again heated and
then vacuum molded to form the hull.

Every canoe model is unique so we fabricate specific T-Formex sheets for each one. Reinforcements are positioned within the sheet to maximize rigidity, resistance to impacts, and durability, all while trying to minimize weight. The resulting canoe has an unmatched structural memory: even after being folded around a rock, a T-Formex canoe will be able to return to its original shape with minimal distortion.

For many years Royalex was the best material on the market for whitewater canoes. When the manufacturer of Royalex ceased production in 2014, Esquif saw an opportunity to develop our own version here in Québec, Canada. With 18 years of experience making Royalex canoes we wanted to create something that would allow us to use our existing molds while not compromising the toughness that our customers demand.

autoclaveFrequently Asked Questions

Q: How does T-Formex compare to Royalex?
A: With a structure, weight, and strength that is similar to Royalex you can confidently paddle your T-Formex canoe into all of the situations that you would have taken your Royalex canoe. We always used the strongest sheets of Royalex that were available and we have been able to match those properties with our new T-Formex sheets. Many of our customers have been telling us that they think T-Formex is even tougher than Royalex was. Canoeroots has published a review by Frank Wolf after he paddled his Esquif T-Formex Canyon for 1800 km over 44 days in the Canadian North: you can find the article here.

Q: What happens if I wrap my T-Formex canoe around a rock?
Every time a canoe wraps there are extraordinary force at play so depending on the specific situation you may break your gunwales, seats, and decks. As mentioned above, T-Formex has an excellent structural memory so the hull should pop back into shape and remain intact (with some creasing).

Q: Can I use the same outfitting and repair techniques that I used on my Royalex canoe?
Absolutely! You can use vinyl adhesives for gluing in outfitting, contact cement for foam kneepads, and epoxy resin for repairs.

Molding a Pocket CanyonQ: Which models will be available in T-Formex?
A: All of the canoes that we were making out of Royalex and Royalite can now be made out of T-Formex. Please check our current listing to see what is available.

Q: How much are your T-Formex canoes and where can I purchase one?
Please refer to our dealer listing to find the closest dealer to you. They will be happy to assist you with all of your questions.