Mark from Irvine, CA– Verified Buyer
First time out on a lake did not work so well. The boat was easily moved by the wind because it is so light, and it does not handle waves well. We considered ourselves lucky to have made it back to our launch site.
For our second attempt, then, we chose a smooth lake with little wind. In this case, we found that the canoe glides very smoothly and tracks well. In this case, its lightness was an advantage. It was much easier to paddle than a typical non-folding canoe, and it compared well to a kayak in this respect.
Now, for its compactness, there is some good and bad. The good news is that it does all fit in one duffle bag, barely. The bad news is that it is still very much a cumbersome and heavy load. Its advertised weight is in the mid-fifties of pounds, but the packing slip lists it in the sixties. Then, you still have to get your own oars, gel seat cushions (surprisingly heavy for their size), an anchor, if you want one, etc. In the end, the total weight was enough to rip a grommet off of the bag. Realistically, the bag is best used to handle half of the parts at one time, and it's still a lot for one person to carry.
Ease of assembly is okay. It does take the strength of an adult man to assemble. My wife was not able to help very much. Also, a minimal degree of mechanical aptitude is necessary. If you have any trouble assembling moderately complex things, then you might have some trouble with this one. Be honest with yourself on this. Once you've practiced, you can get it together in about a half hour, if you hurry with the help of a friend, and you can get it apart in ten minutes, easily (not counting packing).
Additional trick to remove the gunwale poles quickly: during assembly, plug one end of a mason line into the end of the pole with something, like a stick of the right size and shape (make sure it isn't small enough to get lost inside of the pole), and thread the line with the pole into the sleeve. Cut the line so you have a little sticking out at each end, remove the stick, and leave the line in there with the pole. Assemble the boat as normal. Then, when you want to disassemble the boat, attach one end of the line to the end of the pole, as before, and pull on the other end of the line to remove the pole. It comes out very quickly this way, instead of having to massage the pole slowly out.
Also, be thinking of a way to transport the bag. It's very heavy, and the shoulder strap will leave a welt on your shoulder. I used a Dixon Roller Pack (100 lbs version), which I re-strapped with wide nine-foot-long straps. This worked beautifully for getting the boat from the car to the lake reasonably short distances (a few hundred feet). I tried using it on a rough trail for about one mile, but the boat and the Roller Pack took a brutal beating.