The Alvik is designed for the beginner to intermediate paddler seeking performance, comfort and elegance. It is also an excellent option for beginners who aspire to attain a higher skill level. A long waterline allows the paddler to achieve excellent acceleration and cruise speeds. A moderate rocker enhances maneuverability when leaning. For long and short expeditions, loaded or empty, the Alvik is always an outstanding choice.
i have had my boreal alvik for almost 20 years. i have been able to paddle in the most amazing and difficult conditions. it's great for tracking, and performs well in all conditions. it always comes through for me. i am 63 and still paddling strong!
Probably a little wider and deeper than I would have liked. Had intended to buy the Ellesmere, but found it sluggish and hard to easily determine if skeg was up or down wwith rope system. Perhaps Ellesmere's skeg maintains itself better than metal.