Source: rented it
Esquif Canyon is a tank and a ballet dancer. It carries a lot of gear and handles well even in full load in the rapids and flat water. It also a joy to play solo in a calm evening. Canyon is a serious tripping canoe for two. I would recommend Canyon to clubs as a training canoe and even for extended big river, big lakes trips. Although it is agile enough to use in curvy creeks.
- Easy handling
- Lot of windage area (=seaworthiness)
Esquif Canyon took us two old guys (62 and 69 years) down the Snake River and parts of Peel River in Yukon, Canada. Snake is almost continuous rapid for the first 150 miles, 240 km. We started from Duo Lakes, 4000ft, 1200 meters and came down in 21 days to the Dempster Highway ferry, which is almost at sea level.
We got a lot rain at the beginning of the trip. Rain melted snow from the mountains and the river was almost flooding. During the first 400 km, 240 miles, our average speed down the river was 6-10mph, 10-17 km/h.
We did not use spray-cover, we are open canoe paddlers. It was easy to avoid boulders, boils and nasty waves in the rapids. Sometimes we cleared bad places within some inches. Canyon behaved reliably all the time.
We got all our gear inside the canoe rails. It was easy to tie stuff rigidly into the canoe and keep the center of gravity low.
When we rode back through the Dempster Highway, the canoe got lose from the car top. It flew to the gravel road from a speed about 65 mph, 100 km/h. It took several high jumps but came out of the incident with minor scars in one piece.
My friend Lauri and I said several times during that trip, that Esquif Canyon was our savior.
Here is our blog, it is in Finnish, but has some captions in English.
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The ultimate expedition and tripping canoe, the Canyon combines agility with superior carrying capacity. Made for the river, its size and shape allow you to paddle it through large whitewater safely.
The Canyon's high ends, depth and volume provides excellent carrying capacity for extended trips and helps to maintain dry descents even through large rapids.