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Recent Canoe Reviews

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 2 of 5 stars Good on flat lakes and easy to paddle, but will swamp easily due to the shallow rocker in large standing waves. We rented the canoe and were very happy until we hit some rapids with very large standing waves. The canoe quickly swamped and we were swimming. Friends in a Nova Craft had no problems.   Full review

Old Town Pack

rated 3 of 5 stars Very lightweight, stable, car-top boat perfect for solo paddling or fishing in calmer waters. Bought mine new ~1998, still using it for myself and two dogs.  Two best features are 1) lightweight—I (5'5" woman) can handle it alone, and 2) car top—I can easily load and strap it (2 straps, 1 rope to front of car) on car factory roof rack (well within weight limits) and head to lake—no truck, trailer, or special after-market roof rack required. It fits inside my one-car garage ceiling, easily… Full review

Old Town Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars I wouldn't give it up for anything. I bought one of the last ones you could find, at REI. I am so glad I did. You can still get lightweight solos, but you will have to pay big bucks for kevlar. I like being able to bang around the Royalex. I have canoe camped with full camping and fishing gear and the pack handles it easily. I love being able to load and carry the canoe with ease without hurting myself. This is one sweet little canoe. I paddle it with a kayak double paddle. I don't know when someone… Full review

Nova Craft Prospector 16

rated 4 of 5 stars Rigid construction and classic design make this the SUV of the wilderness. It makes friends on every trip. Taken my 16' Novacraft Prospector canoe down rivers and on week-long lake trips. Loaded it up and still had 6" freeboard. You will bulk out before you weight out—and we take cast iron dutch ovens, charcoal, fuel cans, watercubes etc; we camp heavy. Paddles well with two, although the Clippers pass us on flat water.  We pass them ashore on rough water because they are taking water in over… Full review

Wenonah Escapade

rated 5 of 5 stars A very nice tandem/solo fast canoe. I have the Escapade in a kevlar/flex core layup. The canoe weighs 51 lb in this configuration. It is also available in kevlar and also in Tuf-Weave. It is a shorter touring canoe in a performance hull. This means it holds a bit less gear for touring than the longer ones. Since I am a backpacker I have the lightweight gear that suits this canoe very well. I was surprised at the stability with the two young grandkids; I was expecting the worst but was pleasantly… Full review

Dagger Caper T

rated 5 of 5 stars Now discontinued for some time, this was Dagger's original whitewater Royalex boat. If you are able to locate a used one, I would encourage you to purchase this fine piece of a legendary canoe maker's history and use it! I've owned my Dagger Caper for over ten years now and couldn't be happier with it. I am not an expert paddler and have only used this boat on up to Class III+ whitewater. I frequently paddle this boat on mild whitewater and it is a joy. I paddle mainly on the Hiwassee River, Nantahala… Full review

Old Town Pack

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great all-around recreational solo canoe. It maneuvers on a dime, weighs just over 30 lbs, and can take a beating. If you can still find one I would recommend picking it up. Since they stopped making Royalex and other options in the Old Town line are about 20 lbs heavier. I picked up an Old Town Pack on a scratch and dent deal at my local outfitter for just over $350 about five years ago. I had been planning on adding this to my fleet due to an aging back and wanting a really light option… Full review

Wenonah Minnesota 3

rated 1 of 5 stars Spent a week in Boundary Waters Canoe Area with this. Most uncomfortable seating in a canoe I've ever been in. Rented this, would never buy one. Spent a day of this week in a Bell Canoe, what a difference a little seat height makes. Full review

Wenonah Spirit II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great handling and stability loaded for two weeks on flatwater; light enough for 60-year-old to portage. We've owned our Kevlar ultralight Spirit II with the clear skincoat (yellow kevlar color) since 1997. Named the "B-Attitude" after Bea and Barb of Wilderness Paddlers up in Ely, Minnesota, we bought her as a "blem" from the factory on the way back to Michigan from Ely.  The Spirit II is a little shorter than some of the other touring/tripping models by Wenonah and has a slight bit of rocker. Full review

Top-Rated Canoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Old Town Penobscot 16 reviewed Sep 15, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Old Town Pack reviewed Aug 28, 2017
$900 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Nova Craft Prospector 16 reviewed Apr 4, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wenonah Escapade reviewed Nov 16, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Caper T reviewed Sep 22, 2016
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Minnesota 3 reviewed Aug 11, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wenonah Spirit II reviewed Jun 29, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nova Craft Trapper Solo reviewed Feb 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Discovery 119 reviewed Nov 30, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Explorer 16 reviewed Oct 8, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Pathfinder reviewed Oct 7, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Tripper 172 reviewed Oct 7, 2015
$1590 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe reviewed Jul 29, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Next Canoe reviewed Jul 9, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ally Canoes Model 811 16.5' DR reviewed Apr 24, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Old Town Discovery 169 reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$1,100 - $1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Outrage X reviewed Jun 5, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hemlock Eagle reviewed May 15, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Prospector 15 reviewed May 10, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mad River Adventure 14 reviewed May 6, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Penebscot 17 RX reviewed Apr 16, 2014
$1600 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Saranac 146 reviewed Apr 16, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Adventure 16 reviewed Apr 13, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Saranac 160 reviewed Apr 12, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Charles River RX reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$1600 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mad River Journey 156 reviewed Dec 21, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Esquif Canyon reviewed Dec 15, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Esquif Raven reviewed Sep 7, 2013
$1320 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Northwind reviewed Apr 1, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Northstar reviewed Jan 19, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bell Canoe Seliga Tripper reviewed Mar 25, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mohawk Canoes Probe 13 reviewed May 19, 2010
Old Town Penobscot 164 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
Old Town Charles River 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,100 - $1,199
Old Town Penobscot 174 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
Old Town Discovery 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,000 - $1,099
Wenonah Minnesota II Touring Canoe
Old Town Discovery Sport
Aire Traveler Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$2,299 - $2,499
Sevylor Ogden 2 Person Combo Canoe Inflatable Canoe
Sevylor Rio Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$430 MSRP
Old Town Guide 160 Recreational Canoe
$760 MSRP
Old Town Charles River Recreational Canoe
$1000 MSRP

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