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  Posted by: TommyC1 on Oct-24-13 7:39 PM (EST)

I paddle my Osprey a lot. Never been in a Kee but from what I'm hearing I'd jump at the chance. Never been in a good Merlin II either, just that Kev Krystal job that doesn't hold it's shape.

Keep that in mind while I tell you that the Osprey is the best river tripper ever made, fun and well behaved on anything from dead water to nontechnical Class II+.
It's dry and steady in big waves and super efficient on the flats, taking very little effort to make 3-5 mph with or without a load.

So why do I own other canoes?
Well the Osprey is not as maneuverable as a full on whitewater boat. If I'm playing in the rapids I prefer my Outrage. And the Osprey is not as fast or hard tracking as a good lake boat. I doubt I could push it much past 5 mph no matter how hard I paddled. It does not much like waves coming from behind either. So if I'm paddling (or sailing) lakes I prefer my Magic.

But for a river or mixed river and lake trip The Osprey is the best boat I know.

For what it's worth I'm 5'8", 200 lbs and I paddle on my knees.

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