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less than $400
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Canoe Reviews

Ally Canoes Model 811 16.5' DR

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent folding canoe, good for rivers. I have a very old model of this boat, late seventies, I think. So mine has a few differences, and it doesn't assemble as well as the new ones. That said, even with most plastic pieces broken, and all the poles bent out of shape it still floats! It looks like a death trap, but it works like a charm: easy to steer, stable, and lightweight. And the foam mat in the bottom makes it warm on your knees, even when it's really cold outside. If I could afford it,… Full review

Old Town Discovery 169

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great canoe for day, weekend, and multi-day exploratory trips. Amazing way to fish, camp, and get away from the crowds. I am an avid backpacker and hiker, and at one time was extremely proud to be able to go for 10-14 days with only a 45-50 lb pack. One evening, after a few drinks at a bar/pub in Leadville, CO, a local outdoorsman mentioned he recently went out for 10 days and packed 4 thick-cut ribeyes, 6 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of champagne, 1 bottle of top-shelf tequila, cheese, bread, 18… Full review

Mad River Outrage X

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It is faster than some others and with the soft chines very forgiving for beginning and intermediate paddlers. Larger than its younger cousin the Outrage, it is capable of self supported trips and is better than others for those big water runs like the Grand Canyon. Background: In 1971, canoeist Jim Henry won the National Downriver Championships in a boat he built himself, and the Malecite and Mad River Canoes were born. A couple of decades later, Henry and fellow paddler Tom Foster designed the… Full review

Hemlock Eagle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you are looking for a quality tandem canoe with moderate rocker and light weight, the Eagle might just be for you. One advantage is the narrow gunnel width at the bow paddling station which is good for smaller paddlers. Background Dave Curtis has been building canoes for almost four decades. His first design was a solo boat. He wanted a solo tripping canoe that could stay with tandems on remote river and lake trips. His first designs were drawn by legendary paddler Harold Deal. They pioneered… Full review

Wenonah Prospector 15

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Responsive and ultra stable, the Prospector is a very good down river canoe. If you have dogs or often go fishing, this is a good option for you. It's not fast, and it has some design issues, but overall, it's a good value. Wenonah's Prospector 15 is a fun boat for river trips. It's rock-solid stable and can turn on a dime. It's a great choice for beginner paddlers, dog owners, and fisherpeople. It's not the fastest boat out there, so you won't win any races. Keeping it going in a straight line… Full review

Mad River Adventure 14

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A GREAT canoe for not only mornings fishing, but for the more die-hard paddling adventurer looking to get away from the busy life of society and venturing into the land of mountain air, soaring eagles, and trout the size of small children! I have used this particular canoe on multiple occasions both fishing hidden coves in nearby lakes to extended river trips with friends. The first thing I noticed once I sat in the canoe was how comfortable and stable it felt as I situated myself for a 20-mile… Full review

Old Town Penebscot 17 RX

rated 5 of 5 stars I use it mainly for fishing with my kids and we have a blast. I love being on the water with this canoe. One of my favorite possessions of all time. This is a great family canoe and also expedition canoe. My kids love it. It is very durable, attractive and also light enough to carry and load solo. With two paddlers it is a rocket. It will fit a lot of gear as well. I get lots of positive comments at the local reservoir. Full review

Old Town Saranac 146

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great boat. We are a family of three that loves to kayak, but our little guy is now too large to fit in our boats with us so we opted to get a canoe for family trips. The center storage unit provides a good seat for the kid while also providing space to store lunch and drinks.   No issues for us in terms of stability as we are very used to being in canoes for fishing and lounging. I had no issues standing to cast in this boat even with others in it. The seats are comfortable, but I wish I could… Full review

Old Town Penobscot 16

rated 4 of 5 stars Great for beginning as well as experienced paddlers. Does well on lakes and rivers. Large enough to hold plenty of gear. We got this canoe mainly for lake usage and it is great. Very stable for me and my kids, never feels like it might tip over, even if someone goes for a swim then climbs back in the boat. We've also used it on rivers (Androscoggin) with much success. Old Town boats are very tough. This has been over many rocks and it still looks great. This boat can easily be portaged by one person. Full review

Top-Rated Canoes

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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
$999 MSRP
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: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Old Town Penobscot 16 reviewed Apr 15, 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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Escapade reviewed Apr 27, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nova Craft Trapper Solo reviewed Apr 26, 2013
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wenonah Spirit II reviewed May 7, 2010
Sevylor Rio Canoe Inflatable Canoe
Old Town Penobscot 164 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$920 - $1,099
Old Town Charles River 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,100 - $1,199
Old Town Penobscot 174 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
Aire Traveler Canoe Inflatable Canoe
Old Town Next Canoe
Sevylor Ogden 2 Person Combo Canoe Inflatable Canoe
Old Town Discovery 158 Recreational Canoe
$900 MSRP
Mad River Journey 167 Recreational Canoe
Wenonah Minnesota II Touring Canoe
Old Town Pack
$900 MSRP
Wenonah Backwater Canoe
Wenonah Aurora Touring Canoe
Mad River Explorer 16 Recreational Canoe
Mad River Reflection 15 RX Touring Canoe
Sevylor Colorado Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$500 MSRP
Old Town Camper 15 Recreational Canoe
$1550 MSRP
Mad River Explorer 15 RX Recreational Canoe
Old Town Discovery Sport
$1450 MSRP
Old Town Discovery 119 Recreational Canoe
$600 MSRP
Mad River Explorer 15 Recreational Canoe
Mad River Legend 15 Touring Canoe
Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe Touring Canoe
Old Town Guide 160 Recreational Canoe
$760 MSRP
Mad River Legend 16 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
Old Town West Branch 169 Recreational Canoe
Old Town Camper 16 Recreational Canoe
$1600 MSRP

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