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Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe

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    Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe

    Load up the Wenonah Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe and set off for the best paddle trip of your life. See details

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    Load up the Wenonah Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe and set off for the best paddle trip of your life.

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    Load up the Wenonah Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe and set off for the best paddle trip of your life.

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    Load up the Wenonah Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe and set off for the best paddle trip of your life.

    • The 49 lb. Wenonah Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe is incredibly lightweight, tough and and responsive thanks to its Kevlar® composite construction
    • Vacuum-bagged resin impregnates layers of hand-shaped Kevlar fabric to ensure an ideal resin to fabric ratio
    • Structural foam core and ribs are laminated into the hull and sides of canoe
    • Aluminum plates laminated into hull serve as a connection point for seats and footbraces, eliminating rivet heads on exterior of canoe
    • As many as 8 fabric layers strengthen specific areas of canoe such as the bow, stern and keel
    • Designed to carry expedition gear through wind and waves, The Itasca Kevlar Ultra-Light canoe offers excellent tracking and superior performance in rough water
    • Load 'er up! The Itasca features a 19 ft. length combined with a 37 in. width to maximize carrying capacity
    • Despite the 37 in. width, substantial tumblehome lets you paddle close to the hull
    • Moderately rockered hull offers a great balance between maneuverability and speed
    • Wood gunwales and an ash yoke offer a classic look
    • Adjustable stern footbraces increase control, and bucket seats provide cradled comfort during long hours on the water
    • Sliding bow seat allows for proper weight distribution
    • Carry handles that are shaped to fit comfortably in your hands ease transport

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    Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Canoeing
    Kevlar
    Kevlar
    Wood
    19 feet
    37 inches
    15 inches
    49 pounds
    Molded / plastic
    2
    Unavailable
    No
    Hull construction
    Material(s)
    Gunwales material
    Length
    Width
    Depth
    Weight
    Seat type
    Number of paddlers
    Weight capacity (lbs)
    Foldable

    Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoe

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    Wenonah Itasca Ultra-Light Kevlar Canoeis rated5.0out of5by1.
    Rated5out of5byfromOnly One DownsideBought our first Itasca around 2005. Bought another (used) Itasca and refurbished it in 2012. We still have both of them and another 17 or 18 canoes & kayaks. We've paddled many more. We like wilderness expedition, but rarely get the opportunity. We've paddled most western states, & some areas in Canada. Together my wife & I weigh over 400 lbs, & I stand over 6 feet. My wife, a few inches less. Our kids were raised in the bow of our Venom Racer. We've done our minimalist camping, but enjoy good meals & simple frills, so we don't always pack light. Also, I'm an amateur outdoor photographer, carying equipment weighing nearly 100 lbs on photo ops. We shopped a long time for our next "Perfect" canoe. It had to have leg room, be big enough for ocean, carry weeks of supplies, track well, and glide like a bird. Eventually we narrowed our search down to 4 different canoes and settled on the Itasca, Kevlar Flex-Core w/ Gel Coat. Shortly after, I injured my arm. I was unable to paddle for over a year. I still can't paddle a double blade, or match the racing strokes I used to love, but as a result, the maiden voyage of the Itasca was more than just a test of my passion…it defined our new canoe. In high winds, and from the bow, my wife paddled a 9 mi. round trip in one day, & kept up with most of the rest in our group. After I was able to paddle again, we were victims of an intentional swamping prank. We rode quartering waves over 5 ft. from crest to trough & never went over. We did take on a small amount of water & the bow free-fell to the bottom with a slap, and still able to assist a flipped kayak suffering the same prank immediately after. Insight & tips. This is a remarkable canoe. It instantly became our favorite. We ordered it with the Kevlar skid pads. Unlike after market installations, these are installed in the mold prior to laminating. There is NO additional drag. We got sliding/contoured seats, & a rear foot brace (I beleive these are standard now). After reading about wind problems, I was going to make a canoe cover. Not possible with my injury, so I called Wenonah. They told me: "Load extra ballast." An old trick we've used to trim out canoes for decades. But this required a lot of ballast & was soon abandoned. Our solution was a couple of car top bags. Empty or loaded, when tied between the center gunwals, these shed the wind like a raincoat to rain & provide a great & secure way to load the vessel. Speed is unholy for a touring canoe. It will never compete against a true racer, but for a tandem touring canoe it's heaven. Only down side would be the distance between the for and aft paddlers, makes communicating from front to back a purposful act. In fact, as with any tandum, good communication and teamwork are essential if you want to go paddling and remain friends. Maneuvering was supposed to be a problem. But after 20+ years in a marathon racer, it was no big deal. We use many of the same strokes the racer needs, & we can turn it on a dime in an instant. And the glide…oh the glide...it has a Gene Jensen glide. Need I say more. To launch, I just shove off & jump in. Initial stability is shamefully off-the-charts, but the secondary is so good you almost can't find its limits. Get a light color, it hides the scratches better. Would be nice if Wenonah would offer pre-finished gunwale options for an additional price. It took me weeks to finish ours one handed. The basic strokes that allow you to pilot this vessle can be learned in a summer and mastery can be obtained with practice. If you are serious about canoeing, then it's worth the effort to start with the best, and enjoy it for the rest of your life. The price was high, but worth it. Are there other great canoes out there? No doubt. So the down side would be this: I'll probably never have a desire to find out. Vern Matthews, keep your bottom wet!
    Date published: 2013-02-09

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