Mad River Slipper
Posted by: old_user on Dec-28-08 4:38 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I just bought one and am trying to find out more information about it. I read the three reviews and searched the archives without finding much. It is fiberglass and was made in 89. Does anyone have one?
Has anyone paddled one? What was it designed for?
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Oh no...it's now "mad"sawyergeorge......|
Posted by: coronaboy on Dec-28-08 4:59 PM (EST)
Heck.... your wife's probably been calling you that for a while now...
I have an MR Slipper in Carbonlite 2000|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-28-08 6:02 PM (EST)
construction, so it's outfitted differently than the kevlar and fiberglass Slippers and handles a bit differently also, so I probably can't tell you much about your fiberglass Slipper.
Posted by: old_user on Dec-28-08 6:41 PM (EST)
You got that right. She wasn't too happy when I made her get up at 4:30 this morning to take a 481 mile, 10 hour trip to pick up a $35.00 canoe. And when we got there she said "it's not even a Sawyer." I feel like a traitor to the cause.
Posted by: thebob.com on Dec-28-08 6:55 PM (EST)
I've not paddled one but|
Posted by: old_user on Dec-28-08 9:14 PM (EST)
I think you have a little bullet, the smaller sister to the Independence. Made for small folks or...ladies.
MRC Lady Slipper|
Posted by: CEWilson on Dec-29-08 9:47 AM (EST)
The Slipper started as a collaboration between Cliff Jacobson and Bob brown, a canoe/kayak designer. Both lived near Minnesota's twin cities.
Never Paddled One, But...|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-29-08 9:39 AM (EST)
...as I recall Cliff Jacobson was enamored with it and he's very quick to answer e-mails. I seem to remember something about sales falling off when Mad River changed the name from "Slipper" to "Ladyslipper" due to the misconception the hull was more suited to females. WW
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-29-08 9:45 AM (EST)
Posted by: SteveBaker on Dec-30-08 1:35 PM (EST)
I paddled a Slipper for several years, having traded in my Proem/Drowning Machine. I like it a lot, not least because, unlike the Proem, I could actually look around without a low brace. It's not fast, especially when overloaded with my 200# and gear, but it had that Mad River firming efect when you lean it over on the "V". I took it down the Missinaibi about 10 years ago. It would surf those little rapids like a pro: pause at the edge, do an upstream ferry over to the gap, pivot around and over the drop. Repeat as necessary.
You're out of the doghouse already?|
Posted by: ness on Dec-30-08 4:56 PM (EST)