The Penobscot family of canoes from Old Town is the namesake of the Native American tribe. These canoes are designed with this heritage in mind.

Unlike its Royalex® relatives, the Penobscot 164 is made of triple-layer polyethylene, with vinyl gunwales, wood webbed seats, and an unstained ash thwart and yoke. This is not a canoe for novices.

Made heavier by its tri-poly construction, the 164 is still a responsive canoe on smooth water or up to Class II rapids. Available in red, green, and the flashy “storm” colors, this canoe can hold a good deal of gear without becoming unresponsive. Some owners have reported that the hull will flex or develop a permanent bulge in the center, and the shallow rocker causes it to swamp readily in rapids. The 164 isn’t for everyone, but as the least expensive of the Penobscot line it does meet the needs of some.

Length—16′ 4″/5.0 m

Width—37.5″/95.3 cm

Depth—14″/35.6 cm

Weight—75 lbs/34 kg

Capacity range—1,200 – 1,250 lbs/544.3 – 567 kg

Suggested Retail—$949

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Old Town Penobscot 164 Tripping/Expedition Canoe, 3.2 out of 5 based on 33 ratings

Written by Yuri Carson

Yuri Carson is a world-class canoe expert and adventurer. Today, Carson works as a professional guide. Among some of the most diverse locales in which he's guided canoers is Alaska, Brazil and Thailand. He lives in Grants Pass, Oregon.

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  1. Trevor Barlage

    Thank you Wilderness Review. This was the deciding factor about which canoe to buy

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