So I got the bug to get a canoe this year and went with a Northstar phoenix in IPX. I am 5-11 180lbs and was set on a nice solo. The boat is fantastic and Its everything I was looking for other than the hull is not going to make it a year in some of my waters. Im in Columbus Ohio and we have some thin rocky (sharp rocky water).
Northstar states on the site of IPX "a canoe capable of extended river tripping and expedition whitewater, just like Royalex. " And that is what sealed my decision. Well after one trip my boat is showing fibers poking thru all over… My friends Roylex Mad River is 3 years old, gets hammered and takes it like a champ.
Soooo what to do.
I Think I need a new boat before I let this go too far. I could keep the Northstar and get a second boat but I would rather just have one. With Roylex gone, What would be some options for a nice durable solo?
I see some talk of T-formex by Esquif and the have the Echo. Anyone have one and care to share thoughts?
My buddy with the mad river thinks the Serinade in FGX would be fine but Im not so sure…
Thanks for reading!