Each week, we highlight companies in Canoe & Kayak's 2010 Boat Book. Today, we look at the 2010 designs of Mad River Canoe. Stay tuned next week for more from our Boat Book.


$1695 (wood gunwales only), Royalex
L: 14’9″; W: 35.75″; 64 lbs.; Cap.: 850 lbs.
Its unmistakable and classic olive drab hull, cane seats, and slotted wood gunwales harken back to a simpler, more elegant era. This new shorter and lighter Duckhunter model is ideal for sportsmen navigating the twisty marshes by the coast or for any paddler who appreciates timeless design.


$1695/1750/1395 (wood/IQ/aluminum gunwales), Royalex
L: 15′ 11.25″; W: 35.25″; 65 lbs.; Cap.: 1100 lbs.
The iconic Explorer Canoe series has shed a few pounds for the Explorer LT. This reduced weight makes the LT easier to handle, load and unload, while its Royalex hull provides plenty of care-free durability for mild to moderate waters. Great for family outings and long trips


$2750/2895/2450 (wood/IQ/aluminum gunwales), Kevlar composite
L: 16′ 5.25″; 34.5″; 51 lbs.; Cap.: 850 lbs.
This terrific open-water canoe is the ultimate choice for combining solo and tandem paddling. Fast, efficient, seaworthy, and sleek in Kevlar(r) construction, Malecite’s flared dry hull maintains its composure in chop and waves. For an afternoon on the lake or two-three days of light touring, this is the road bike of canoeing.


$1500/1550/1195 (wood/IQ/aluminum gunwales), Royalex
L: 15’4″; W: 34″; 58 lbs.; Cap.: 800 lbs.
The large capacity and long hull of the Reflection 15 Touring series makes this an ideal choice for multi-day tripping and family use. With plenty of room to load your favorite things, the Reflection promises fun on water and off.


$1695/1395 (wood/IQ2 gunwales), Royalex
L: 16′; W: 33.5″; 72 lbs.; Cap.: 1100 lbs.
The flared, shallow-arched hull of the Legend 16 translates to a superb river runner or tripping canoe. A well-proven choice for shallow, boisterous rivers with capacity for extended mixed water trips with or without gear.