. . . for those of us who have never paddled those two models. And I don't understand what the benefit of a "tunnel hull" is supposed to be.
I think a 14' canoe, in general, is a better solo length than a 16' canoe just for messing around on short day trips. If both are 35" wide, the longer canoe will have a higher top speed but may actually be less efficient to paddle.
The Back Country looks definitely more stable as a platform for fishing. I would guess the Arrowhead is probably easier to paddle and control, and its 8 lbs. lighter weight is not trivial. Weight adds up, especially as you age.
The best bet is always to try to test paddle, even if you have to travel a ways to find demo canoes.
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