Shockcorded, anodized aluminum frame is strong, lightweight and corrosion-resistant; color-coded for easy assembly
Inflatable compartments between frame and skin provide rigidity after skin is pulled over frame
Seats can be adjusted for sitting or kneeling positions and for adjusting canoe's trim
Comes with pump, repair kit and storage bag
Packed size: 35 x 18 x 15 inches
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Rated3out of5byNordicGuyfromJury is still outI bought this canoe so it could be transported in a camper van without the hassle of putting it on top. Assembly took a little over an hour with 2 people. Some parts were a stuggle (sliding in the gunnels, they caught every 16 inches or so and had to be unstuck by a helper. The instructions were rather poorly written and seem to apply to all of the canoe line even when the parts were different. I feel as if 2 people could assemble the boat in 40 minutes after a couple of assmblies
On the water the canoe seemed a little more sluggish than a composite boat, but I expect that its rough water performance to be better. I am impressed with the quality of the hull and its reinforcements. The thin layer of closed cell foam between the skin and frame is also a nice touch. I have owned a few folding kayaks and this is the area that takes most of the abuse. The web seats are comfortable, the bow more than the stern due to width issues. The boad does not include a yoke so that will be an extra to purchase. K aneeling requires an ensolite pad or crazy creek chair as the ribs are in the way.
My only real complaint is that one of the air chambers, out of the 6, does not hold air for more than half a day. I suspect that the valve may have a small leak, but have not had time to fully determine the cause. If I can get the chamber to hold air overnight the boat gets another star; otherwise, I'll be speaking with REI's customer service department.
Date published: 2013-05-02
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