Greyduck's founder traveled to Quetico Provincial Park for canoe trips on an annual basis growing up. The Quetico Project started as a dream in the fall of 2011 after a SUP trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Over time, the dream of building a better paddle board for remote environments became an obsession. The new board had to haul loads, be easily transported over rugged landscape, and paddle like a dream. The result of those efforts is the all new, patent pending, Quetico14.
The Quetico14, which comes standard with the patent pending Greyduck Portage System, is an industry first transport system that allows a paddle board to be carried overhead with ease. It also doubles as a seat, giving riders the ultimate in comfort both on and off the water.
The Quetico14 with integrated Greyduck Portage System, solves the traditional problems related to transporting boards across land in remote places. With conventional transport systems, the board is carried on the side of the body, close to the ground. This creates strain and fatigue on the lower back, as the weight of the board is offset to the side of the person carrying it. Getting the board overhead balances the board on the shoulders and over the hips, allowing the board to be transported over longer distances with less fatigue. Overhead transport is also superior for navigating steep and rugged terrain, where proper foot placement is critical.
Because the Greyduck Portage System leverages a track system as part of the design, it allows the carriage to be slid backward on the board when being paddled. The carriage doubles as a seat when on the water, giving the rider a place to sit should they desire to do so. The seated position is perfect for fishing or for paddling when conditions get harsh.
The Quetico14 will be available in the spring of 2019. Learn more on the Quetico14 product page here.