With the end of Royalex production the Rogue is no longer made. Created specifically to use on fast rivers, the Rogue's hull is quite short, very wide, quite deep, and has the most rocker of any of our models. This is our fastest-maneuvering tandem canoe, and it has exceptional buoyancy and dryness. Due to its mission, we make the Rogue only from ultra-durable Royalex.
While its great depth gives enough displacement for gear, the Rogue is typically used light for the pure thrill of running rapids. Its bow is blunt to resist impacts, deep to shed waves, and is flared ahead of the seat to deflect spray while preserving good paddle access to the water. The contour of the shallow-arched hull is oriented strongly to final stability (rather than initial) making the Rogue much easier to handle on bouncy water than a design with a flatter bottom would be.
These aspects suit the Rogue perfectly for fast rivers but less so for lake paddling. If you want better performance on still water and can sacrifice some prowess on rapids, consider our Aurora, which is the same length but doesn't have the Rogue's extreme depth or rocker.
Kept in its element, this is a supremely confident canoe. To augment its safety on whitewater, we suggest you outfit it -- or any whitewater canoe -- with supplemental air flotation bags to prevent "wrapping" after a capsize. It's also wise to kneel rather than sit in the hull, and to secure yourself using thigh straps.
Configured this way, and due to its rugged Royalex hull and highly-specific design, the Rogue is an ideal vehicle for a wild ride down your favorite rock garden.
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.