Submitted: 01-25-2006 by JKC
y royalex Appalachian is a delight in whitewater --- maneuverable, dry, very stable, slick as a greased pig (will skid down dew-dampened talus slopes, I think), and tough (shudders and makes an alarming noise when crashed nose first into bedrock at full speed, but shows no sign of being any the worse for it... the Kevlar skid plates may help this). Carries staggering portage loads of gear. Laughs off standing waves and angles of heel that would KO many other boats. Mine's gone airborn over a haystack and landed with only about a cup or two of water shipped over the very buoyant ends. But, it's an absolute bitch in flatwater, even when loaded, and, if there's a breeze, the wind will carry away all the profanity in your vocabulary. The rocker that makes it such a delight in close quarters whitewater makes it venomous in still water. This is a fairly specialized boat, not the family friendly tripper Old Town claims it to be. But, if you need to carry a load of camping and hunting gear in Class II and up, this is the boat for you!