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Boat Review: Wenonah Canoes’ Spirit II

When Wenonah Canoes’ new T-Formex Spirit II showed up at the Canoeroots office last fall in all its cherry-red glory, its mere existence marked the beginning of…

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Esquif Canoes At Paddlesports Retailer

The word of the week at Paddlesports Retailer 2017 was T-formex. Esquif Canoes brought three new boats built out of this material.  The first two…

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First Look: Mad River Canoe Explorer 16 In T-Formex

Mad River Canoe brought the new Explorer 16 to Paddlesports Retailer 2017. These canoes we’re previously built with royalex but Mad River Canoe wasn't happy…

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First Look: Nova Craft Fox Solo Canoe

Nova Craft Canoe has introduced an excellent new solo canoe, the 14-foot Fox. The volume of this canoe is what really sets it apart from…

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Northstar Canoes Strength Test At Paddlesports Retailer

Northstar Canoes brought its new products to Paddlesports Retailer 2017. The highlight is the IXP lamination, designed to be extremely tough. This makes Northstar Canoes…

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Frank Wolf testing a T-Formex Canyon

Frank Wolf Takes T-Formex for 1,800KM Test Drive

All photos by Frank Wolf  When plastics conglomerate Poly-One shut down production of Royalex in 2013, canoe manufacturers scrambled to replace the favored hull material…

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Boat Review: Old Town Canoes Discovery 169

Boat Review: Old Town Canoes Discovery 169

Nestled amongst the carbon fiber hulls, sleek silhouettes and gorgeous cherry wood trims in the Canoeroots garage, the Discovery 169 stands alone. It’s a little thicker…

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Boat Review: Trailhead Canoe Regen 17

Boat Review: Trailhead Canoe Regen 17

Trailhead has a long history of providing the ideal canoe for northern river expeditions. Since 1976, the Ottawa-based retail shop has produced their own canoes,…

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Boat Review: Wenonah Minnesota II

Boat Review: Wenonah Minnesota II

We wanted to get into the backcountry fast and fly across the portage trails. Our ride for this ambitious 60-kilometer weekend route was Wenonah’s sleek…

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Boat Review: Pakboats PakCanoe 170

Boat Review: Pakboats PakCanoe 170

Good things come in medium-sized packages. Isn’t that the age-old wisdom? It's certainly true of the PakCanoe 170 by Pakboats. Rolled up, this 58-pound folding…

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Boat Review: Clipper Canoes Jensen 18

Boat Review: Clipper Canoes Jensen 18

It started out a bit like an online date. I was looking for a speedy, stable and competitive canoe. About 18 feet long, not too…

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Boat Review: Nova Craft TuffStuff Expedition Prospector 17

Boat Review: Nova Craft TuffStuff Expedition Prospector 17

A Tale of Two Prospectors. This could be the title of our six-week wilderness adventure in northern Quebec last summer. Our friends paddled one of…

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Boat Review: Sea Eagle Travel Canoe 16

Boat Review: Sea Eagle Travel Canoe 16

We’ll forgive you for being a bit skeptical. The inflatable dinghies, canoes and kayaks we grew up with were little more than pool toys. Long-time…

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