by  Blackhawk
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Shadow Description

The Shadow began life as a sea kayak design and through it's development into an open boat, it has maintained a number of the better attributes of its lineage. Sleek, narrow, predictable in wind, waves and weather, the Shadow is not only an "exercise boat," it can also carry enough gear to head into the Boundary Waters for a week or two. Add spray decks and you have a convertible sea kayak.

Whether your goal is to set a personal best in the 90-Miler or to have a super-efficient solo tripper, the Shadow has the bases covered.

Shadow Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Shadow Reviews

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I have the 13-foot long…

Submitted by: paddler553572 on 5/3/2020
I have the 13-foot long Shadow in fiberglass and it is, hands down, the most enjoyable to paddle canoe I have ever owned or had the opportunity to paddle. Phil Siggelkow hit the ball out of the park with this one. The boat seemingly has an instinctual feel for where I want it to go and what I want it to do, almost like it's reading your mind. It's surprisingly quick for a 13-foot boat, tracks great when level and turns beautifully when heeled, especially to the off-side. I have a small lake less than 15 minutes from my house, and I'm there with my Shadow every chance I get. I can't say enough good things about it.

This was my first solo canoe…

Submitted by: TomL on 12/28/2004
This was my first solo canoe and I loved it. Mine was fiberglass and 39 pounds...and the lay-up was a bit too weak and it deformed a bit under the pressure of straps. It didn't affect the boat's performance. This is a relatively high volume, super predictable solo. Just a pleasure to paddle...efficient at low to medium speeds like most Blackhawks. If you push it hard it will push back...due to the shallow V-design and also due to the volume of the Shadow 14. This boat is just dreamy on a quiet pond; the handling is superb...the boat has a great feel. The capacity was big enough that I could take my wife in this boat for short paddles...over 300 pounds total with no problem. Many other solos may be a bit hotter...but none are sweeter.

44 lbs in proprietary layup…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/26/2001
44 lbs in proprietary layup with ash gunnwales and can seat. A dream to explore quiet streams, estuaries and lakes. The more skilled the paddler's technique the more responsive the boat.