But it's a recreation canoe, so it's not supposed to be super fast. Part of reason boat is stable is that you sit in center of molded seats so two paddlers can’t shift weight suddenly side to side and rock boat. Good job Mad River keep making great canoes and kayaks. Packed with features like comfortable, padded molded seats with adjustable backrests, and plenty of space to store drinks, coolers, and cargo, this low-maintenance canoe is perfect for busy paddlers on-the-go. Of course, fishing with a dog and a 2 year old (not to mention a wife who's patience was growing slim) did not have the same appeal as just myself and another buddy...what can I say? I believe with either the front occupied by weight or a person (or if I have side stabilizers) that I will like this canoe more. I love this canoe. Great tracking, especially for a 14' canoe and was very easy to keep in a straight line. It is light enough for me, 34 yo, to portage solo if need be, and is plenty spacious for all that I could want in canoe. This is a great canoe! Also paddling from the back without weight in front the wind will steer you fairly easy unless your moving at a fair clip. It's most unstable canoe I've ever had, rides high and acts like a sail in the wind because of the lack of keel. Virtually maintenance free and super durable, this boat also includes all of the creature comforts: adjustable padded backrests, storage trays, cup holders, center seat. Pros- The seats and seat backs are great. I have had my Adventure for a couple of years now and love it. This canoe is stable. Still, two people can handle it well enough. The boat is a little heavy to carry around by myself, but I can manage if I have to. It is not quite as stable however, as the Saranac, but stable enough. In the first instance I sat in the back at 235 lb with my niece in the front at about a hundred 190 lb this was very stable. We can make ithe Super Strong, the Hinged and the Any Length models compatible with the Mad River Adventure. I was looking for a canoe I could take the wife and two kids (2yrs, 5yrs), and the added stability, storage space/seating of the Saranac outweighed the better tracking and speed that the Adventure offers. Plus – cup holders – (too wide for coke bottle – need koozie or spacer) – rod holder – (not deep enough – need PVC extension ) . If your on the heavier side you will want a weight in the front if you plan on sitting in the back, which I've found works fine for me solo. 1994 Mad River Malacite Canoe 1994 Malacite Canoe Kevlar Hull with Ash trim 50 lbs. I bought this canoe two days ago. Did Ok until a burst of wind lifted the canoe off the explorer and on top of me. Handles wonderfully whether solo or tandem. Mad River Adventures. Would not purchase for 600 dollars. But my Saranac has held up to quite the beating. The seat backs and cup holders are always nice and was a big plus for the 20 mile paddle. I have run a lot of class 3 and 4 ww in MT, ID, and WY. Don't believe reviews saying this canoe is not stable - while canoeing down the Oconee River in South Georgia today my friend and I experienced 30 mile winds with gusts of ferocious intensity. 20 matches. It can be tippy with a lot of weight but it’s a canoe. The plastic seems really durable too. The Mad River Passage 14 Canoe is a recreational boat that offers stability and ease of paddling. But, I really like the length of the canoe - it's easy to put in the back of my pickup with the tailgate down. This has been one of our best purchases for quite some time! This version of canoe combines a few of the features of a kayak with those of a canoe. Length: 14' Material: Polyethylene Great for exploring lakes and slow-moving streams, this sturdy recreational canoe provides stable paddling performance for both the entry-level paddler and those looking for a reliable family canoe. now u figure its going to be a little rocky because all canoes are. The multi-chine shallow arch hull design provides smooth tracking and comforting stability and is constructed with polyethylene for superior durability. All the performance of the Adventure 16, with added stability and ease of handling on and off the water. Mad River Adventure 14 A GREAT canoe for not only mornings fishing, but for the more die-hard paddling adventurer looking to get away from the busy life of society and venturing into the land of mountain air, soaring eagles, and trout the size of small children! ", I rate it an 8 as it could use some better rod holders (if that is even what those holes in front of the seats are) and a built in cooler might be nice, no? 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