Great thread !
Posted by: peterj on Apr-16-12 11:49 AM (EST)
All around: ( the one we travel with ) Blue Water, Freedom, Tripper 17. No shortage of names. Speedy enough to head upstream (no shuttle, good workout) very manouverable, tough kevlar/epoxy layup, will just handle class 2 with a light team (260#), just small enough to solo if the wind is mild, and weighs 50 pounds. Also got a lot of use out of a Kevlar Explorer, it is bigger, more stable, but slower and less manouverable. I spent a lot of time looking for fast AND manouverable. The Canadians build speedy hulls with rocker.
Big Lakes: pass
Casual recreation: Mad River Malecite
Whitewater with flats: Mad River Royalex Explorer