Designed to handle Class III conditions while keeping its riders dry, the Appalachian delivers on its promises. This 16-foot river runner has flared ends for buoyancy, a maximum rocker for maneuverability, and a shallow arch hull for primary and secondary stability. Responsive in whitewater, it’s lightweight and has a great load capacity.
Before you choke on the price, realize that you’re getting what you pay for. This is the canoe that river guides use for their own expeditions, and they trust it to get them and a ton of gear through anything a Class III can throw at them. If you’re interested in calm lakes and slow rivers, keep shopping because the same features that make this such a joy in whitewater become a handicap in high winds or flat water. But if you want the best Class III ride for your money, this is the canoe for you.
Weight—67 lbs/30.3 kg
Capacity range—1,400 – 1,450 lbs/635 – 657.7 kg
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Tori “Waverider” Morris first learned to love canoes when she was just a small child. She built her first handmade canoe at the age of 11 and continues to this day as a professional. Among some of the most interesting places she’s canoed are Brazil and Vietnam. Tori lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.