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A bargain at the moment!
on 30 August 2017
Review is for the Adventure Plus model.
This is an absolute bargain at the moment on Amazon (£167) and makes a very reasonably priced way of getting out on the water, just add paddles and buoyancy aids. The Adventure plus can seat two adults and one child, but is great with two adults or even on your own. The longer length compared to the standard Adventure gives more space for two.
The canoe can be paddled with two single blade paddles if two of you are using it, when single handed it is difficult to paddle like this even using the J stroke, so a Kayak paddle is pretty much essential if you plan on using it on your own, otherwise you'll end up going around in circles.
I wasn't sure about ordering this model as it doesn't have the protective PVC type bottom that other models like the Colorado have, however in practice I've found it plenty tough enough although it is best not to drag it over gravel or rough surfaces.
The one thing that lets this canoe down is the seats, which offer no lower back support and the front one has a habit of bending over at the top, what I have done is added a Highlander outdoor seat (about £10 on Amazon) and this gives much better back support. The seats have fairly basic valves which have to be pushed in hard after inflating or you'll find the air escapes in seconds. Why Sevylor use these seats and not the type included with the Colorado I don't know. You can also remove the seats and just sit on a bag or even kneel if you prefer.
At 15kg the Adventure Plus isn't too heavy so can be portaged around locks and weirs without too much difficulty.
The material takes a long while to dry, so what I found works is to pack a piece of tarp in the boot of the car to keep the boot dry and then dry the canoe in the garden at home for a few hours before packing it away. You'll also need to remove the inflatable floor as water collects underneath it. Once dry it easily fits back into the bag.
Don't leave the inflated canoe laying around in full sun as the pressure will quickly rise in the bladders and these should only be inflated to 0.9psi for the floor and 1.5psi for the sides.