Submitted: 07-28-1999 by PGS
I recently bought a kevlar Shadow - for me a great boat. I'm about 5'6" 140. I paddled a rotomolded Spectrum for about 4 years and although stable, wanted something lighter and faster.
I test paddled about a dozen boats and chose the Shadow because it was fast, comfortable, tracked well, easy to turn, had good secondary stability, lots of storage capacity, quality construction and it looked great! I read reviews in Canoe & Kayak that said when you paddle enough different boats you'll know when you find the one that's right for you. Sounds corny but true - best to go to demo days so you can compare models side by side.