The ultimate Material
for rugged canoes


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, T-Formex. 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.

What is t-formex and why is it a good choice for canoes?

T-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 make it the best choice for recreational, whitewater and expedition canoes.


What does this mean in a practical sense? If you have the misfortune of wrapping your T-Formex canoe around a rock, using a mechanical advantage you will be able to pull the canoe off the rock and aside from a possible broken gunnel or thwart will be able to continue to paddle safely down the river. The abrasion resistance gives you confidence when pulling your boat up on shore or hitting a rock.

Here is are a couple of photos that show the durability of the T-Formex.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why T-Formex in comparison to other materials?

3-layer and thermoformed (single layer) canoes are different from T-Formex in a variety of ways, they suffer the impact of heat and UV rays which can result in the deformation of the hull (oil canning), these boats have a tendency to be heavier and they are not as stiff. They are not as durable and can be prone to cracking. Designs are also limited particularly those that are marketed for the fishing and hunting community.

In comparison to composite materials like fiberglass and Kevlar, T-Formex gives you a durable and reliable material that is not limited by where you will be paddling and the type of water you will paddling. It has a higher abrasion resistance, structural memory and is inherently buoyant.

Outfitting and repairing your T-Formex canoe

You can outfit and repair your T-Formex canoe the same way you outfitted and repaired your Royalex canoe.

We recommend using Vinyl-Tec 2000 which is a one-step vinyl adhesive that creates a chemical bond between your vinyl d-rings and T-Formex. If you don’t have access to Vinyl-Tec 2000 specifically you can use any marine grade vinyl adhesive.

For installing your foam knee pads we recommend you use a marine grade contact cement.


Any epoxy resin will bond to the T-Formex material. Additionally you can use emergency repair kits and patches like those from Patch N Repair.

What colours is T-Formex available in?

Go to the CANOE page and select the model you are interested in, scroll down to the specs and you will see the stock colours available for that particular model.

Should you wish to order your T-Formex canoe in a non-stocking colour please contact your nearest retailer for pricing information. For example, the Prospecteur 16 stock colours are red and green but for an upcharge you can order it in yellow if you want.

The Rangeley Series is not available in any colours other than stock colours.

We have the perfect T-Formex canoe for all your adventures

We offer T-Formex in a variety of models; everything from solo whitewater and fishing/hunting canoes to wilderness tripping canoes and recreational canoes for the family. Our line-up of over 30 models ensures we will have exactly what you are looking for, a canoe designed with your personal adventures in mind.

The future of T-Formex

At Esquif we have a reputation for innovation, it is something that drives and inspires our owner and lead designer, Jacques Chasse and how we came to develop T-Formex the first time. We are committed to continually working on improving T-Formex to ensure that you have the best experience possible with your Esquif Canoe.

T-formex warranty

At Esquif we are committed to providing you with the best product possible. Our Warranty Policy is 3 (three) years from original owners date of purchase and covers manufacturer’s defects. Our warranty does not include normal wear and tear or abusive use.

If you have a concern with your Esquif product we want to hear from you. We will do our very best to remedy your concerns and have you on the water again.

You don’t need to register your product. If submitting a concern that you believe falls under our Warranty Policy please provide appropriate documentation ie) images, serial number and proof of purchase (your original copy of the invoice) via email to admin@esquif.com