Current Designs Willow – Touring & Sea Kayaks: Reviews
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HIGH PERFORMANCE FOR SMALLER PADDLERS
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); wenonah.com
Bonus: A retractable skeg and easy-adjust foot pegs.
Bummer: Not available in a lower-priced plastic option.