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It's make of Royal Ex so it can take a beating. It's a bit heavy and awkward to load onto a canoe rack on your car but with two fairly strong people its not a big issue. I like how it responds in the crazy currents. I like how stable it feels especially when carrying a lot of gear.
I started using it in rapids, my first mistake (not enough training), and if it hadn't been for the rock sturdy Dagger under me I could have been really been in bad shape. I pulled it out and put it on the rack to closely examine the cumulative damage from rocks and sand, and was really surprised at how little the damage was. As for speed, I guess not, but it carries more weight than I need, and I found out that I really can handle it by my self.
Mad River has done an excellent job of reproducing this LEGENDary design that Dagger had so much success with. I recommend this boat and if it wears out within the next 100 years, I will be buying another one; but I am sure it will outlast me.
We're addicted to solitude and rivers, two things that seem to go together less every year. But if you're willing to hit a few rocks, there are still week long trips where you won't see another soul.
The Legend is the perfect boat for this kind of stuff. I've watched my friends destroy their Explorers and Trippers, and finally buy Legends. It is a pig in flat water, but I've paddled hundreds of hours into the wind, (and much less with the wind) and it keeps right up with the faster boats.
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