I am curious about how these two boats compare. Both boats can be paddled solo and tandem (although I don't know if MRC offers the middle seat option anymore). Their specs are very similar: length, beam, depth in the middle, bow and stern, etc. Only the rocker is unknown on the Solo Plus, since Wenonah only says "minimal" and doesn't give numbers. Plus we know Mad River is shallow V and Wenonah is shallow arch.
So, my question is, has anyone here paddled both boats solo and tandem and can give a good comparison?
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I have both |
Posted by: clarion on Apr-25-13 1:32 PM (EST)
Thanks, yes, that helps|
Posted by: Canuka on Apr-25-13 2:34 PM (EST)
But another question popped into my mind. What about capacity? Which one can handle more weight? Could either one handle two 200 lb. paddlers without gear for a day trip? Manufacturer stated capacities can be very misleading.
The Malecite would handle that|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-25-13 2:58 PM (EST)
Don't know about the Solo Plus...|
Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Apr-25-13 2:59 PM (EST)
..but the Malecite can definitely handle two 200 lb paddlers - plus some gear.
Posted by: bluemerle on Apr-25-13 5:38 PM (EST)
I have a Rx Solo Plus. Like Clarion said, I'm small and it suits me well for solo paddling. I took out the bow and stern seats and use it for flat water river tripping. I like the boat.
Good point on the weight|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-25-13 5:43 PM (EST)
With Solo Plus' "bulge" being as low as it is, things would get pretty interesting with 2ea 200 pounders.
Lets get past the feeling and|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-25-13 5:44 PM (EST)
address bow instability. If the bow person is not stable their head will go over the rail and then the body follows.
I don't agree about the Malecite |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 7:02 PM (EST)
handling two 200 pound paddlers plus camping gear. The Malecite is essentially a pocket tandem, and if one posits 100 pounds of gear to go with the two 200 pound paddlers, that's 500 pounds.
The question was whether it would handle|
Posted by: clarion on Apr-25-13 7:54 PM (EST)
.... 2 ea 200 pound paddlers for a day trip. The malecite satisfies that criterion.
Comparing the two|
Posted by: CEWilson on Apr-25-13 8:29 PM (EST)
W's Solo plus is basically the old Bell Fusion, both designed by Bob Brown; no rocker, pretty narrow to accommodate solo paddlers. It was a joy to discontinue the Fusion. Connect the dots.
Nobody said camping gear.|
Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Apr-26-13 5:47 PM (EST)
I said two 200 lb paddlers and "some gear". OP was asking about day trips. I assumed the usual spare dry clothing, picnic lunch, spare paddle, etc. Been there. Done that.
Well, I think there is a clear winner|
Posted by: Canuka on Apr-25-13 9:46 PM (EST)
The consensus is that the Malecite is the better boat.