Submitted: 05-17-2004 by charlie stines
I have two Trippers, and have had them for many years. They are tough, large volume canoes capable of carrying an enormous amount of gear. One of mine has cane seats, the other has the plastic seats. I prefer the plastic ones because they do not need periodic replacements and because the cane seats are mounted with dowels and long #10 bolts. That method of mounting is not terribly sturdy. However, Crazy Creek canoe chairs and most aftermarket seat backs can not be used on the plastic seats. Despite the length, the Trippers turn easily. Due to the depth, they can be a task in cross winds. These are not fast canoes, but they do what they are designed to do well. If you want to stand in a canoe, the Tripper is ideal. These canoes are too heavy for all but the shortest portages, and they are difficult to cartop. Few canoes will take the abuse a Tripper will take. In almost twenty years, I have only added skid plates and done the usual replacement of cane seats. Trippers are very popular canoes, but most people who own them really do not need the capacity and would be happier with the Penobscot 17 or similar canoe.