Wave Sport Ethos 10
L: 10'3"; W: 27"; 100 gals., 54 lbs., also available in L
"This is definitely the boat I'd take on Class V," said one tester, who happened to grease the Class V boof line at Rainie Falls in the Ethos. Credit that sure rough-water agility to the hull's relatively flat bottom and aggressive rocker profile, which kept us above smaller holes, and a low-profile bow that punched the big 'uns. While its whitewater chops were among the highest rated on our Rogue test, the 10-foot-3 Ethos added smart comfort extras headlined by the highly adjustable CORE Whiteout outfitting system that allowed testers to ratchet our thighs up tight—sharing top honors for hip security with the Katana. Testers loved details like a drain-plug on the cockpit's back corner, making an intuitive drain on a shoulder carry. Speaking of which, the weighty Ethos was a bear to portage, but testers did appreciate that they could swing the hip pad out to the cockpit—providing cushion for the 54-pound (un-packed) boat. We also noted the lack of rigging capabilities (a single bungee X on the stern deck), which only helped prove the point that the ethos of the Ethos is simple: svelte whitewater performance.
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