Current Designs Willow - Touring & Sea Kayaks: Reviews

Nov 1, 2010
Outside Magazine
Current Designs Willow - Touring & Sea Kayaks: Reviews

   Photo: Mark Wiens


With its classic British design (swept-up bow and stern) and soft chine, the Willow's stability—both primary and secondary—is best in test. But due to its trim profile, the Willow is as responsive to subtle steering as twitchier (read: tippier) boats. Its front, back, and day hatches easily swallowed up all gear on a four-day trip along Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail. Note: Fit is best for smaller folks. Six-footers, choose the Gulfstream ($2,899). 15'6", 45 lbs (fiberglass; Kevlar also available);

Bonus: A retractable skeg and easy-adjust foot pegs.

Bummer: Not available in a lower-priced plastic option.

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