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  • Its design is well-suited to a casual family paddle trip around the lake, early morning fishing or even an overnight trip
  • Gen2™ high-density polyethylene construction offers performance, rugged durability and affordability
  • Multichine hull design delivers stability, rigidity and excellent tracking; shorter hull length facilitates easy handling and transport
  • Extended decks offer protection from sun and spray, while a rolled gunwale provides extra rigidity
  • Adjustable seats on bow and stern ensure comfort and grip with contoured EVA foam
  • Center bench seat adds space for a third paddler
  • Design features generous tumblehome which allows canoe to be paddled easily with standard canoe paddles or longer kayak paddles (230cm +)
  • Padded carry handles, multiple beverage holders and storage trays all increase paddler comfort
  • Updated stern design features a motor mount that accepts a trolling motor

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Best Use Canoeing
Material(s) Polyethylene
Gunwales Material Polyethylene
Length 16 feet
Width 32.75 inches
Depth 14.5 inches
Weight 84 pounds
Seat Type Padded / Foam
Number of Paddlers 3
Weight Capacity (lbs) 950 pounds
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice boat, very comfortable So, If you are an inexperienced I would not recommend this as your first canoe. For the uninitiated it *feels* tippy and unstable. If that is a concern of yours get an Olde Town or a Coleman. That said the narrower beam and chined hull make this boat fly on flat water. I really hate paddling flat water...mostly because I always had to in a Coleman which handled and moved like a barge. This canoe is responsive and quick in the water and I love taking it out. It is a little heavier than its aluminium cousins, but The comfort of the seats make up for the extra 10 pounds of weight. Clearly not meant to be portaged and that is fine.
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Operator error I wasn't sure about buying the canoe because of some of the reviews. I did, and took my two young boys out for the first lake trip. Giving them instruction in case we flipped. After getting into the water it was obvious that this was a great canoe! Zero chance of tipping in the windy water and with the boys moving around while catching fish. I can't believe some of the negetive reviews. I'm not an expert, but I was completely comfortable even for being 6'4". So I find it hard to believe people having problems. That's my take.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my canoe The other comments about instability are unfounded. It has a center beam for tracking that the canoe sits on, and chines to dip into the water for stability to keep from rolling. People without any experience don't "feel this". Best canoe for the money. I've hit the Colorado, San Marcos, perdenales and Blanco rivers. Lake austin, canyon lake, and other creeks and damed sections. I have yet to use a trolling motor on it. Much better in fast water than a regular canoe.
Date published: 2013-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for a family of four! I purchased this canoe two weeks ago. I used it today at Lake Georgetown. My wife and i along with our two kids 6 and 8 year olds went out and had a great time. There was some strong winds but we still had an easy time with the canoe. I was worried about some of the comments from other reviews about the canoe being stable. I was completely satisfied with the stability especially considering that i had two kids in the canoe. The canoe is well built and i loved the padded seats and back rests. I purchased this canoe becuase of the padded seats and back rests hoping that it would help get my wife out with me. She thought they were great, her words were that se thought it was very comfortable. Because the back rests fold down, you have to becareful when getting in and sitting down. Once you get used to it it shouldn't be a problem.
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and Roomy My wife and I are long time canoe-ers but never owned a store bought canoe until now. We took it on its maiden voyage on Lake of the Arbuckles in Oklahoma, a large Corp. lake with quiet, open water. We immediately took to the canoe's ease of paddling and stability and were impressed with it's speed. The canoe is great at straight line travel but with it's two counter sunk keels and skeg rudder it takes some effort to make a 90 degree or greater turn. There is plenty of room for a third paddler or camping equipment. At 84 lbs., it's bit heavy so we picked up a canoe dolly to help transport it from the car to the lake. Our second trip was on Bonham Lake, a smaller city lake, and again had no trouble launching, paddling and enjoying this durable canoe. The padded seats and backrests are to die for! Our Corgi also enjoys the roominess of the center seat and found it provided a shady place to get out of the sun. This is a great, fast canoe for lakes, ponds or quiet rivers. It is almost impervious to cross winds and the material is very durable although wavy in spots.
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recreational canoe some other reviews said this canoe was a little unstable and it almost made me not buy this canoe [...] Those people should not be on the water if they had a problem with this canoe. I use this canoe on small lakes in Northern Arizona and have had my family of 5 in it on day trips. It is as stable as it gets and tracks great. It can even handle some choppy water. I hooked up a trolling motor and it was wonderful. I also loaded it up with gear and took it on a several day camping trip. Fishing is breeze, the cup holders are great, and the seats are very comfortable. It is a little heavy, but it was still much faster than the older, lighter canoes my camping partners were in. I bought the Yakima boat loader for my SUV roof rack, which makes it very easy to load and unload with one person. You do have to watch the rocks because the plastic can get scratched up. Overall for the money, this canoe is a great value and will provide many hours of relaxation on the lake.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! We just took it out for the first time, and we couldn't be happier. We took our 3 year old niece with us and she loved it as well. This is our first canoe, so I don't know what it would be like to have one that is lighter, but I really don't think this one is too heavy. We were able to load/unload it easily onto the top of our Jeep, and we were able to launch and land easily. It glided through the water with ease and made for a fantastic day on the lake.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Canoe - Just know what to expect I only used the Adventure 16 for a short period of time. We used it for light river and lake use. We did not have a chance to really test it out properly. I sold it after one week, unfortunately. Love the configuration. The third seat was something I was particularly looking for. It was also very fast on flat water and easy to maneuver. I mainly wanted to speak to what seems to be a major point of discussion in these reviews - how "tippy" it is (or isn't, depending on whose review you read). For me, the issue is that there is a big distinction between "tippy" and being unstable. So, yes, my wife and I thought the canoe was "tippy" (just can't think of a better word), and from my experience in other, flat bottom, canoes, there really is no doubt that there is "more side to side action" (there, best I could do). However, I never once felt that the canoe was unstable or about to tip over. Unfortunately, my stepson is not a fan of water (swimming), and the minute he got in and felt it move side to side, no amount of encouragement was going to coax him back into the canoe. It's a shame, really, because it's quite comfortable for 3 people, and even our dog. So, I suppose it's really a matter of personal preference, but I in no way would describe it as "unstable". I did wonder, however, if it would have felt more stable had the seats been a bit lower. The only other issue for us was the weight. After a few trips and lifting it on and off our SUV my wife was asking for a lighter canoe. I will, however, have to check out that Yakima loader/helper/thingy another reviewer mentioned. Given REI's return policy, I'd recommend this canoe to anyone. Give it a try, and if it doesn't feel right, try the next one!
Date published: 2013-08-02
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I have a 2.5 hp gas motor that weighs 25 lbs. Will it work?

Asked by: Srobb
I am the person who asked this question and I now know the answer because I bought the Mad River 16. The short answer is that it works but there are a few items that need to be mentioned. First, the motor mount on this canoe is about 2.5 feet behind the rear seat. There is no way to use any type of trolling motor without an extension for the tiller. I bought a 24" extension and the handle just passes behind the rear seat. For an electric motor this is all you need but for a gas engine you need to reach the engine itself. My Suzuki 2.5hp has a pull starter and a neutral/forward lever that need to be accessed. You also need to access the kill switch. To start the engine I sit backwards (on top of the folded down seat) and start the engine. I put it in forward and then turn around. There is a lanyard on the kill switch and I clip this to a strap on my seat so I can kill the engine at any time. The motor works great for pushing the canoe and we were cruising along at about 10MPH. I wish I had taken my cell phone to measure the speed. The canoe was very stable and easily cut through some light chop.
Answered by: Srobb
Date published: 2017-07-08

Does anyone know of a company that makes a cockpit cover for the 16'? We are getting tired of bailing rainwater out of the cover we use to protect the canoe.Turning it over not an option as wife can't do it alone when she wants to take it out if Im gone.

Asked by: Jeff in Wi
​We are not aware of a cockpit cover that is compatible with this canoe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-11

So my understanding is any electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs. of thrust can be used. Does the shaft size matter, i.e. 36" shaft, 30" shaft, etc.? Thanks in advance.

Asked by: rcarteaga
Any small electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs of thrust may be used. The shaft size commonly used for this boat is around 30 inches, however, a specific size is not required.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-01

Is there anything that can be used to lock this up to deter theft?

Asked by: 01010111010
You can use a long flexible cable with a padlock to wrap under the seats and around a tree.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-01

How is it paddling solo from center seat or kneeling behind center seat ?

Asked by: kwest
This canoe is not ideal for solo paddling, but several customers have reported they were able to paddle solo easily from the center seat.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-23

I wish to purchase a kilt for this canoe. Is one for sale or shall I make one?

Asked by: TheHB
Neither REI nor Mad River/Harmony carry a spray skirt or cover for this canoe. We do not have a product suggestion for this request.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Are there hooks or holes on the bow and stern that can be used to secure to the front and back of the vehicle for transportation use?

Asked by: Hala Madrid
The handles on the bow and stern of this canoe should only be used for transporting the canoe by hand.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-08

The product description says "Updated stern design features a motor mount that accepts a trolling motor".  But looking at the pics online it just doesn't seem to be true.  Am I truly able to attach a small Minn Kota electric trolling motor to the stern?

Asked by: SCTarheel
Any small electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs of thrust can be mounted and used on the Adventure 16.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-08
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice boat, very comfortable So, If you are an inexperienced I would not recommend this as your first canoe. For the uninitiated it *feels* tippy and unstable. If that is a concern of yours get an Olde Town or a Coleman. That said the narrower beam and chined hull make this boat fly on flat water. I really hate paddling flat water...mostly because I always had to in a Coleman which handled and moved like a barge. This canoe is responsive and quick in the water and I love taking it out. It is a little heavier than its aluminium cousins, but The comfort of the seats make up for the extra 10 pounds of weight. Clearly not meant to be portaged and that is fine.
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Operator error I wasn't sure about buying the canoe because of some of the reviews. I did, and took my two young boys out for the first lake trip. Giving them instruction in case we flipped. After getting into the water it was obvious that this was a great canoe! Zero chance of tipping in the windy water and with the boys moving around while catching fish. I can't believe some of the negetive reviews. I'm not an expert, but I was completely comfortable even for being 6'4". So I find it hard to believe people having problems. That's my take.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my canoe The other comments about instability are unfounded. It has a center beam for tracking that the canoe sits on, and chines to dip into the water for stability to keep from rolling. People without any experience don't "feel this". Best canoe for the money. I've hit the Colorado, San Marcos, perdenales and Blanco rivers. Lake austin, canyon lake, and other creeks and damed sections. I have yet to use a trolling motor on it. Much better in fast water than a regular canoe.
Date published: 2013-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for a family of four! I purchased this canoe two weeks ago. I used it today at Lake Georgetown. My wife and i along with our two kids 6 and 8 year olds went out and had a great time. There was some strong winds but we still had an easy time with the canoe. I was worried about some of the comments from other reviews about the canoe being stable. I was completely satisfied with the stability especially considering that i had two kids in the canoe. The canoe is well built and i loved the padded seats and back rests. I purchased this canoe becuase of the padded seats and back rests hoping that it would help get my wife out with me. She thought they were great, her words were that se thought it was very comfortable. Because the back rests fold down, you have to becareful when getting in and sitting down. Once you get used to it it shouldn't be a problem.
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and Roomy My wife and I are long time canoe-ers but never owned a store bought canoe until now. We took it on its maiden voyage on Lake of the Arbuckles in Oklahoma, a large Corp. lake with quiet, open water. We immediately took to the canoe's ease of paddling and stability and were impressed with it's speed. The canoe is great at straight line travel but with it's two counter sunk keels and skeg rudder it takes some effort to make a 90 degree or greater turn. There is plenty of room for a third paddler or camping equipment. At 84 lbs., it's bit heavy so we picked up a canoe dolly to help transport it from the car to the lake. Our second trip was on Bonham Lake, a smaller city lake, and again had no trouble launching, paddling and enjoying this durable canoe. The padded seats and backrests are to die for! Our Corgi also enjoys the roominess of the center seat and found it provided a shady place to get out of the sun. This is a great, fast canoe for lakes, ponds or quiet rivers. It is almost impervious to cross winds and the material is very durable although wavy in spots.
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recreational canoe some other reviews said this canoe was a little unstable and it almost made me not buy this canoe [...] Those people should not be on the water if they had a problem with this canoe. I use this canoe on small lakes in Northern Arizona and have had my family of 5 in it on day trips. It is as stable as it gets and tracks great. It can even handle some choppy water. I hooked up a trolling motor and it was wonderful. I also loaded it up with gear and took it on a several day camping trip. Fishing is breeze, the cup holders are great, and the seats are very comfortable. It is a little heavy, but it was still much faster than the older, lighter canoes my camping partners were in. I bought the Yakima boat loader for my SUV roof rack, which makes it very easy to load and unload with one person. You do have to watch the rocks because the plastic can get scratched up. Overall for the money, this canoe is a great value and will provide many hours of relaxation on the lake.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! We just took it out for the first time, and we couldn't be happier. We took our 3 year old niece with us and she loved it as well. This is our first canoe, so I don't know what it would be like to have one that is lighter, but I really don't think this one is too heavy. We were able to load/unload it easily onto the top of our Jeep, and we were able to launch and land easily. It glided through the water with ease and made for a fantastic day on the lake.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Canoe - Just know what to expect I only used the Adventure 16 for a short period of time. We used it for light river and lake use. We did not have a chance to really test it out properly. I sold it after one week, unfortunately. Love the configuration. The third seat was something I was particularly looking for. It was also very fast on flat water and easy to maneuver. I mainly wanted to speak to what seems to be a major point of discussion in these reviews - how "tippy" it is (or isn't, depending on whose review you read). For me, the issue is that there is a big distinction between "tippy" and being unstable. So, yes, my wife and I thought the canoe was "tippy" (just can't think of a better word), and from my experience in other, flat bottom, canoes, there really is no doubt that there is "more side to side action" (there, best I could do). However, I never once felt that the canoe was unstable or about to tip over. Unfortunately, my stepson is not a fan of water (swimming), and the minute he got in and felt it move side to side, no amount of encouragement was going to coax him back into the canoe. It's a shame, really, because it's quite comfortable for 3 people, and even our dog. So, I suppose it's really a matter of personal preference, but I in no way would describe it as "unstable". I did wonder, however, if it would have felt more stable had the seats been a bit lower. The only other issue for us was the weight. After a few trips and lifting it on and off our SUV my wife was asking for a lighter canoe. I will, however, have to check out that Yakima loader/helper/thingy another reviewer mentioned. Given REI's return policy, I'd recommend this canoe to anyone. Give it a try, and if it doesn't feel right, try the next one!
Date published: 2013-08-02
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I have a 2.5 hp gas motor that weighs 25 lbs. Will it work?

Asked by: Srobb
I am the person who asked this question and I now know the answer because I bought the Mad River 16. The short answer is that it works but there are a few items that need to be mentioned. First, the motor mount on this canoe is about 2.5 feet behind the rear seat. There is no way to use any type of trolling motor without an extension for the tiller. I bought a 24" extension and the handle just passes behind the rear seat. For an electric motor this is all you need but for a gas engine you need to reach the engine itself. My Suzuki 2.5hp has a pull starter and a neutral/forward lever that need to be accessed. You also need to access the kill switch. To start the engine I sit backwards (on top of the folded down seat) and start the engine. I put it in forward and then turn around. There is a lanyard on the kill switch and I clip this to a strap on my seat so I can kill the engine at any time. The motor works great for pushing the canoe and we were cruising along at about 10MPH. I wish I had taken my cell phone to measure the speed. The canoe was very stable and easily cut through some light chop.
Answered by: Srobb
Date published: 2017-07-08

Does anyone know of a company that makes a cockpit cover for the 16'? We are getting tired of bailing rainwater out of the cover we use to protect the canoe.Turning it over not an option as wife can't do it alone when she wants to take it out if Im gone.

Asked by: Jeff in Wi
​We are not aware of a cockpit cover that is compatible with this canoe.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-11

So my understanding is any electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs. of thrust can be used. Does the shaft size matter, i.e. 36" shaft, 30" shaft, etc.? Thanks in advance.

Asked by: rcarteaga
Any small electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs of thrust may be used. The shaft size commonly used for this boat is around 30 inches, however, a specific size is not required.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-01

Is there anything that can be used to lock this up to deter theft?

Asked by: 01010111010
You can use a long flexible cable with a padlock to wrap under the seats and around a tree.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-01

How is it paddling solo from center seat or kneeling behind center seat ?

Asked by: kwest
This canoe is not ideal for solo paddling, but several customers have reported they were able to paddle solo easily from the center seat.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-23

I wish to purchase a kilt for this canoe. Is one for sale or shall I make one?

Asked by: TheHB
Neither REI nor Mad River/Harmony carry a spray skirt or cover for this canoe. We do not have a product suggestion for this request.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Are there hooks or holes on the bow and stern that can be used to secure to the front and back of the vehicle for transportation use?

Asked by: Hala Madrid
The handles on the bow and stern of this canoe should only be used for transporting the canoe by hand.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-08

The product description says "Updated stern design features a motor mount that accepts a trolling motor".  But looking at the pics online it just doesn't seem to be true.  Am I truly able to attach a small Minn Kota electric trolling motor to the stern?

Asked by: SCTarheel
Any small electric trolling motor with up to 54 lbs of thrust can be mounted and used on the Adventure 16.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-08
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