Just so you're clear on the fact that
Posted by: g2d on Nov-01-12 4:22 PM (EST)
the MR Courier is not a solo ww canoe.
Some people cut their teeth on whitewater in Couriers, back around 1980, but compare it to Mad River's first real ww design, the ME, and you'll see what I mean.
I had the smaller MR Compatriot, and I now have the later MR Guide Solo, and the MR Synergy. Of the three, the Compatriot is *very* V-bottomed, and is a terrible ww boat (though Jim Henry once placed third in the slalom Nationals in one). The Guide Solo is a bit V-bottomed, has good rocker, and is OK through most class 2. The Synergy has just a hint of V, probably just to fight oil canning, and is a pretty good, true whitewater solo and tandem.
I never got to paddle a Courier, but it appears to have too much V to be a good boat in whitewater. A marked V bottom is just not consistent with technical moves.