Previously, if you wanted an affordable boat that could withstand years of abuse, you looked for one made with Royalex. But that stuff’s not available anymore. Mad River’s replacement: Triple Tough, a three-layer polyethylene skin/foam material they engineered. Two layers of protective polyethylene skin sandwich the foam core, which provides flotation and stiffness. The only knock: The material is a tad heavy.
Consider the Journey an SUV of canoes: very stable. But that doesn’t mean slow. During testing on Colorado’s Steamboat Lake, the Journey’s waterline (hull length) proved long enough to maintain speed.
At 16 feet and 7 inches, it has room for two adults, a dog, and plenty of gear. $1,005; 88 lbs.