It is a real steel at this price. I have one left and then there will be no more in Royalex. You will get a good deal in theother layups so please call. I get to paddle all the canoes and frequently choose my old, beat up rental Adirondack because it is efficient and friendly in open water and smaller rivers. In fact it is designed for the smaller rivers and lakes. This is easily one of the nicest, moderate volume and efficient canoes made by any company. Considering it's reasonable volume and quickness it is surprisingly maneuverable AND straight tracking. It has been in the line for a lot of years and is always popular. Call me on this one and see what we can work out.
Meant for day outings and for trips of a night or two, this model only has medium volume, but it paddles very efficiently with a light-to-moderate load. Canoe & Kayak Magazine tested it and said, "This is one smooth-paddling canoe, and it has excellent stability. It has a bit less initial stability than larger, fuller boats, but that is what gains the efficient paddling and glide." I frequently rent this one for short river trips of 2-4 days and everyone likes the canoe.
The Adirondack travels more easily than our Fisherman, Heron, Aurora, or Rogue but less so than our other tandems. Among 16' hulls from all builders, however, the Adirondack is sleeker and has less rocker. These aspects make it a straight-tracking, easy-paddling canoe. A 16'-long hull, if very well designed, can be at the threshold of having good speed and glide in the absolute sense (rather than just compared to other 16' models), and this is definitely a performance-oriented canoe among medium-short designs.
Of the hull-material choices for the Adirondack, our Tuf-weave Flex-core model has fine performance at an appealing price. The Kevlar version is ideal to portage into remote lakes, or for people who struggle carrying a heavier canoe. And for really shallow, rocky streams, our Royalex Adirondack is best. It combines the durability of Royalex with paddling ease not found in any aluminum hull, and rarely in a plastic one.
Canoes are available in several kinds of materials and with different construction methods:
Royalex is a very tough and durable but still a reasonably light weight plastic laminate. A 17 foot Royalex canoe will weigh about 64 pounds compared to 75-85 pounds for other plastic or aluminum.
Composite materials include Tufweave, a fiberglass and polyester hybrid that outperforms ordinary fiberglass types S or E. Kevlar is a an extremely tough material that is also very light weight. Graphite is even lighter than kevlar but not as abrasion resistant.
Flexcore construction uses several layers of either Tufweave or Kevlar with a specially designed hull reinforcement in the bottom of the canoe. This reinforcement is designed to be quite stiff to retain the design shape but able to flex rather than break on obstacles. This is a very tough construction method but not as tough as Royalex. It's advantages are lighter weight and better performance. It is easily repaired if you manage to damage it.
Ultra light construction uses fewer layers of specially reinforced Tufweave, kevlar and or graphite to build the lightest canoe that is still practical for everyday use in reasonably demanding conditions. It usually does not have a color applied to the hull unless you ask for it. The gel coat (color) adds about 5 pounds to the canoe. This is the stiffest construction method, resulting in the best performance. It is not a good choice for a steady diet of hitting rocks and gravel unless light weight is a very high priority for you. It is especially good for lake and large river trips where carrying the canoe is over portage routes is necessary. Some smaller people and those with less upper body strength appreciate the light weight in all circumstances. It is reasonably easy to repair in most cases.