PRIJON PURE XL
($1,299 in blow-molded HTP plastic, wildnet.com)
S, Reg., XL-L: 8’2″, 8’6″, 8’8″; W: 26″, 26″, 27″; 44 lbs.,
46 lbs, 47. 4 lbs.; 87 gals.
Bombproof. The blow-molded, high-molecular-weight plastic in this new, plus-size downriver tank could likely survive a direct hit from a howitzer. We didn’t actually put a bomb in the German-designed creeker, but our testers did slam it into a rock or two. Long and fast, this classically designed, exceedingly high-volume creeker has enough hull speed to power through the big water and must-make moves, and is one of the best boats on the market for expedition paddlers. “I could fit in the stern,” one of our testers joked. “And it paddles solidly when weighed down.” The added strength of the blow-molded plastic allows for a pillar-free design, which frees up an absurd amount of packable space inside the boat. An adjustable, double-padded seat and a ratcheting back-band make it an all-around comfy and controlled ride. Whether you’re a Class V paddler or not, you can paddle the Pure XL with super-sized confidence.