BEST FOR: New paddlers and river explorers.
THE TEST: The Ethos is stable and moves efficiently in flatwater, but this ten-foot-long whitewater-touring boat also appealed to more advanced testers when we pushed its limits in high-volume Class IV rapids. The progressive rocker in the stern allowed us to whip into eddies, while the domed deck made it easy to roll. We also loved the robust but simple skeg system—just a rope and a single spring—and Wavesport’s infinitely adjustable new outfitting system. That said, the cockpit is pretty roomy; skinnier testers needed more hip padding.
THE VERDICT: Up for everything from lake paddling to multi-day whitewater trips. 54 lbs.