Canoes

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Categories

Folding
Inflatable
Recreational
Touring
Tripping/Expedition
Whitewater

Brands

Old Town
Mad River
Wenonah
Ally Canoes
Hemlock
Esquif
Nova Craft
Bell Canoe
Mohawk Canoes
Aire

Price

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

Recent Canoe Reviews

Old Town Discovery 119

rated 5 of 5 stars Great canoe! It's rugged, light, and easy to pull over log jams or sands bars. It feels tipsy at first, but is plenty stable for fishing or jump shooting duck. Have not been dumped yet, does require a good j-stroke or double paddle. This is a great little canoe! I have two other Old Town canoes for use with family and friends, but needed something lighter I could easily throw in the bed of the truck for fishing and duck hunting solo. The 119 has a shallow arched bottom so it does not have as much… Full review

Mad River Explorer 16

rated 4.5 of 5 stars One of the great all around boats, especially for those who lean towards rivers over lakes. I have not had a chance to use this as much as I have the Old Town Tripper and the Old Town Pathfinder (Camper). It was purchased for river camping and as a boat that could handle larger rapids than my other boat the Old town Pathfinder. It has mainly been used in the rivers of North Carolina.  Although friends have been very happy with it paddling most years of their lives across Canada with or without… Full review

Old Town Pathfinder

rated 5 of 5 stars Strong and long lasting canoe for two people to camp or a small family to cruise in. Very durable, but don't count on doing very well on any river that has more than class II rapids. This boat is great. It was a craiglist purchase in great condition. I think someone at Old Town actually told me it is the same boat as the Camper but just a different name from several years ago. I think they just started making two sizes of the Camper instead of keeping the Pathfinder name. Oh it is also less then… Full review

Old Town Tripper 172

rated 5 of 5 stars Most durable and long lasting canoe I have ever experienced or heard of. The Old Town Tripper after 40+ years of hard use and still going. Durability I grew up in this canoe. My dad purchased it before I was born. It is over 40 years old and has only been kept outside in the elements on the shores of Lake Superior. Harsh conditions to say the least (plenty of sun and sub zero temps). It has been run up on the cobblestone and bed rock basalt coasts all its life and yes the outer layer on one of the… Full review

Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tripping canoe for long distance paddling! Holds lots of gear. Loved this boat on big open water of Lake Superior. Full review

Old Town Next Canoe

rated 5 of 5 stars Great boat. It's not a canoe or kayak but a hybrid. Paddles like a kayak and carries gear like a canoe. Very comfortable seat. I've been looking for a kayak to purchase and came across the Next Canoe. Wow, I can't believe how it paddles. It paddles just like a good touring kayak and you can get up to full speed in about 3 strokes. This boat is very responsive as well. You can turn it on a dime and even paddle backwards almost as good as forwards.   Very stable in the water and although I haven't… Full review

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

Top-Rated Canoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Discovery 119 reviewed Nov 30, 2015
$700
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
discontinued
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
$900 - $999
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
discontinued
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
$759
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
$700
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Old Town Penobscot 16 reviewed Apr 15, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mad River Adventure 16 reviewed Apr 13, 2014
$865 - $869
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Saranac 160 reviewed Apr 12, 2014
$800
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
Old Town Penobscot 164 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$1,200
Old Town Charles River 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,100 - $1,199
Old Town Penobscot 174 Tripping/Expedition Canoe
$1,300
Old Town Discovery 158 Recreational Canoe
$1,000 - $1,099
Old Town Discovery Sport
$1,600
Aire Traveler Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$2,299
Sevylor Ogden 2 Person Combo Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$325
Sevylor Rio Canoe Inflatable Canoe
$430 MSRP
Wenonah Minnesota II Touring Canoe
Old Town Pack
$900 MSRP
 
Wenonah Backwater Canoe
Old Town Camper 15 Recreational Canoe
$1550 MSRP
Old Town Guide 160 Recreational Canoe
$760 MSRP
 
Old Town West Branch 169 Recreational Canoe
Old Town Camper 16 Recreational Canoe
$1600 MSRP

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