Graphite transfers energy better than any of our other materials, which makes these the most crisp paddling canoes. This is the category to check out if you are looking for quality hulls to get on the water with by yourself. This hull does not challenge the Spirit II for stability, with well matched strokes it is stable and responds like a sports car, but it does demand the paddlers attention to keeping strokes in sync.

The skill of the paddler plays a bigger part in a boat’s durability than the layup. But, not knowing much about Wenonah’s other layups, I think that by the time you get close to 40 pounds carried with a portage yoke, that is easy enough for weekending and carrying to and from a car. I’d love to see Wenonah do a similar graphite/kevlar layup as does Bell in their Black/gold line. We also add extra fabric layers to strengthen specific targeted areas. What I had to come to realize is that it firms up as it rocks back and forth. A few years ago I cut up a Mad River Compatriot, made in '73 with polyester, that had developed blisters all over. We own the Escape in a standard kevlar layup, 50# is perfect for single person to carry. The stability and comfort remind me of a Cascade, or even a lively version of the Spirit II.

It is easy to scratch, but otherwise pretty close to bomb proof. Just curious - not planning on trading my Magic soon. Kevlar/aramid Composite. Wenonah's Tuf-weave® material is an interwoven fabric made of 50% polyester and 50% fiberglass that out performs either material alone. They are ideal for speed and distance paddling and for all people or conditions that demand the lightest gear. The Escape shows its depth in the stern with the gunwales at knee level for this 5'9" paddler, had to be careful to lift the paddle higher on the switches than in the Jensen. do you know what the rocker is on AC DC?It’s listed as “minimal.” But compared to his other boats, Kaz’s “minimal” may be nicely appreciable. When the tide is slack, our speed against the wind and waves is about 2.6 mph, but about 5 mph downwind. Its rounded bottom contour does like well timed strokes from both paddlers, a missed stroke with the other paddler sweeping is really felt as is a missed 'hut'. The result is a tough canoe that is still fairly light weight. Aluminum plates are strategically laminated into the hull. Wenonah Canoe is the worlds largest maker of canoes using Aramid. We have not encountered any unusual issues running downwind so far, except for some yawing, which is normal for any boat, but which has been easy to correct in the Escape. T-Formex is the most durable of materials offered by Wenonah, but also the heaviest. No. This gives a very secure connection and eliminates rivet heads on the exterior. Now, I do not notice it. Ultra-light hulls are stiff and incredibly light. The aesthetic appeal of a black Graphite canoe is also undeniable. We add an extra fabric layer to the whole hull. WENONAH'S ORIGINS.

Seats, footbraces, and all hardware is then riveted into these plates. The bow reminds me of an Odyssey, with it's extreme flare. This boat lacks the extreme speed of the Minnesota II. This layup is light and it is stiff, but it is fragile.

This section contains a collection of solo canoes offered by Wenonah. ENCOUNTER – Just me, my boat and the water. Graphite UL canoes also have a layer of Kevlar applied to the inside of the hull, to increase resilience. The Tuf-weave® layup results in our most durable composite canoes. Graphite Ultra-light. This stiffness provides faster acceleration and a very maneuverable hull.


The hull has either a white or smoke gel-coated bottom for hiding scratches and to offer additional protection. The Escape is a new tandem from We-no-nah. - AI UL : This layup offers a combination of polyaramid, Innegra, and Kevlar. A canoe design for the kayak couple with child or other visitor. Below you will find some classifications of canoes, that will lead you into a selection of models. In waves higher than that, the bow rises dramatically, keeping the boat dry, but also creating a wild ride. Before you begin looking at models, lets cover materials for a moment. light canoes? Aramid, the fiber used for aerospace, body armor and bulletproof vests, is amazingly light and strong. Kevlar offers the advantages of cutting down weight, while stiffening the hull, allowing for a more responsive hull in the water. Finally got to paddle this hull with my go fast bow partner Vitamin Ray. I don’t think I would buy a polyester boat, unless the builder could prove to me that their resin was equal to vinylester. A fast seaworthy hull for paddlers not needing the capacity of the Minnesota II, but wanting the big water capability. My wife and I both use a 210 Werner Corryvrecken glass paddle (which we also love), at a fast cadence we can really get this boat cruising! We've used it for more than 30 years to construct extremely light and tough canoes. I have never seen anyone make such a claim, but given that Wenonah plays their cards close to the vest, they might have a superpolyester. It has fair depth and width to hold plenty of gear, while its flared bow and extra depth at bow and stern keeps you dry in the choppiest waters. Open craft easy enough to jump in and out of when stopping to explore and collect shoreline goodies. Wenonah Canoe is the worlds largest maker of canoes using Aramid. If you assume this craft is going to feel like a flatbottomed tank then maybe you would be uncomfortable? The rep claimed he sold VE to Wenonah too. Wenonah/Current Designs once had a Caribu-S made up that way for the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake one year, it was a stunning stealth looking beauty w/yellow seam tape. Very fast, fun, nice glide as others have written. Length: 16.5' Materials: Tuf-weave® Flex-Core, Flex-Core w/Kevlar®, Ultra-light w/Kevlar®, Graphite Ultra-light A popular composite solo canoe. I would not hesitate putting it in some nice class II, yet I know it will also eat up the flats. Ultra-light hulls are stiff and incredibly light. The stern will respond to draws and sweeps but the lack of responsiveness in the bow puts a lot of stress on the person in the front. You have to work at turning the Escape, and I find it responds better to ruddering than draw strokes.