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Backpacker Magazine – May 2008

Canoes: All Aboard!

Some of the country's best wilderness is accessible only by boat. To help you get there, our testers picked the top canoes in six key categories.

by: Alan S. Kesselheim


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PAKANOE 160

One problem with canoes: They don't fit in a bushplane's luggage compartment–or in condos. The solution: A boat that packs into a suitcase, making it perfect for far-flung paddling trips and New York walk-ups. Made of a canvas and PVC skin that stretches over a tubular aluminum frame, the PakCanoe downsizes into a 35-by-17-by-13-inch bag, and two people can assemble it in 30 minutes. Better yet, it gives up nothing in speed, maneuverability, or durability. During testing, it survived five weeks in the Canadian Arctic and a two-week trip down Alaska's Yukon River unblemished. In both moving and flat water the PakCanoe performed on par with the Yukon Clipper, and paddlers stayed drier because the boat flexes a bit from bow to stern, allowing it to coast over waves rather than slamming into them. Air-filled chambers (a small hand pump is included) add rigidity and flotation. Tip: Load heavy gear in the center to enhance rocker and maneuverability, or distribute weight evenly for easier cruising (760-pound capacity). A foam-reinforced floor increases insulation and durability. Gripe: The seats are hard and flat; don't forget a butt pad. $1,695; 16'; 50 lbs. (888) 863-9500; pakboats.com.

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Recently, I returned from an 80 day, 1300 mile canoe trip from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay. The Wenonah Champlain was the perfect canoe for the trip! The boat tracked like a dream across Lake of the Woods and Lake Winnipeg and was agile and maneuverable in the white water on the Hayes and God's Rivers in Northern Manitoba! Keep making a great boats, Wenonah!

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Jun 18, 2008

All the canoes reviewed are fine boats for their class, but what about a backpacking boat. Several friends and I go up to the Adirondacks a couple of times a year for some backpacking and trout fishing. The ponds we head to are miles from the trailhead and carrying a 50 lb canoe on top of a 40 pound pack is unbearable (especially for some of the older guys in our group). The solution is a lightweight solo canoe that can be packed into the woods, like a Hornbeck canoe (among others). Their bestseller only weighs 14-16 lbs and can carry up to 300 lbs.

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