I've only had it out 5 times now for a couple of hours at a time, ...and only in fairly calm water, but I love it. Of course longer canoes are faster, it's physics. Using the Solo-C stroke it goes straight and as fast as I need. I'm really looking forward to a great summer learning to paddle and exploring new places in my Pack. I have two canoes, a Wenonah Escapade and the Old Town Pack. Paddles nice, and yes it is a canoe, and yes it is "tippy". Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest adventures, workouts, destinations, and more. I never bought a kayaking paddle or double ended canoe paddle; I just use my Bending Branches canoe paddle with a J or C stroke. When I get to the lake, I take it off and throw it in the boat. My wife wanted a canoe she could load and launch herself. I can put this canoe on my car and then carry down the path to the shore all by myself, which is why I bought it! I could not believe how forgiving she was about my mistake. I lowered the seat 3" with longer SS bolts and hardwood spacers. It's not really even faded much, despite the annual saltwater trips. There's just nothing better for the soul - nobody else goes to the places I get to in this little canoe, and the fish I find have had little or no fishing pressure. Overnighting aboard is next for my Pack. I always lower the seat or install my own with solo canoes. The little Pack turns easily in the current even for ignorant fools like me. Buy it, but don't expect to master it immediately. Used Old Town Pack Canoe Solo -Made of tough Royalex, this recreational canoe is so lightweight that anyone who can paddle solo can carry it. Now my Pack is my only boat, it's great for anything I want to do on the water. The weight of the Pack and my desire for a solo boat were the reasons I was still interested. Don’t blame the Pack! So I came back home open to other options, and started surfing Craigslist only to find a like new OT Pack. I did not lower the seat but I made an Adirondack style seat back that folds down for storage/transport. I throw it on the car before work in the morning, lock it up with a bike lock near the trail that runs beside the river, park the car, go for a quick 3 mile jog, then canoe a few more miles back to the car. Yes, it was both light-weight and stable (it would have to be with a flat bottom and 34 inch width) but I could not keep with the rest of my group. I still find the Pack to be a reasonable package in a small lightweight canoe that has worked for me. I got it for my 13th birthday and still paddle it year around. Seven hours of flat water on Prime Hook Creek NWR. I finally wore it out - it developed a crack in the bottom - which I patched with some super good epoxy and fiberglass mesh. For a single paddler I am glad I purchased this canoe. I just latched onto a used ’88 Pack canoe for $400, and now know what everybody is raving about with this boat! My preferred paddle is a Grey Owl Ottertail which seems to be a perfect match for me and the Pack. I currently have 4 crafts. I use a kayak paddle for covering large distances but sometimes when at a good fishing spot I also use a short paddle for maneuvering. Men’s Journal has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Stability, even in windy conditions, is no problem and boat control is made simple by using a kayak paddle (mine is a Werner, 250cm). So modification #2 was for me to move the seat forward. All considered, I think this is one of the great canoes ever made, and one that gets a lot less publicity than it deserves. "I guess I'll have to get some of those boats," he said. Plus, at 33#, is easy to haul to and from trailer-to-lake and much easier to enter-and-exit than a kayak. I fashioned a kayak paddle by joining 2 spare raft oars with a coupler, and was very impressed with the improved speed and tracking. I added the Old Town padded yoke, which makes portaging in the Boundary Waters a piece of cake. My Malecite, though a great canoe, is still hanging from the rafters. It is a great canoe to fish out of, and get you in and out of thin water, and tight spots. What a great boat! I find it to be stable while kneeling (yes, my size 14's fit under the seat, although it's tight), and a little less stable when sitting. The sign of an expert paddler is a kayaker who leaves his kayak paddle at home and uses a single blade canoe paddle. This product is no longer available, but don't go just yet. Light weight at 33 lbs. and find this canoe to be very unstable. It's so light that anyone who can paddle solo can carry it; on a portage, to and from the water, on and off the car top. We dismissed reviews that said the Pack was tippy and tracked poorly. The hull is strong but if you hit a rock head on, it will crush the royalex. 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