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Boreas Description

The Boreas is an original Smith & Gardner design. The Boreas was designed to paddle with a single or double blade.

Boreas Specs and Features

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

Adirondack Canoe Co.
Boreas Reviews

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Purchased a Adirondack Canoe…

Submitted by: leebee209 on 11/15/2022

Purchased a Adirondack Canoe Co. Boreas about 3 months ago. My boat is set up as a pack canoe with the lower seat height, and use with a kayak paddle.

The boat is attractive, with cherry rails, and a kevlar-carbon matrix outer layer and kevlar interior. Due to personal preferences I added a different (bucket) seat vs. the canoe style one supplied with the boat, and a bit softer backrest.I also added Palm 32" flotation bags, as the boat as supplied will float, but with very little reserve buoyancy. I am 6' 2" x 180 lbs. with 60+ years paddling experience in higher performance Kayas, surf skis, etc. My other pack canoe is a Placid Boatworks Shadow.

The Boreas has excellent stability and does not feel "twitchy" as is often the case with a light weight narrow hull canoe. With the lower pack boat style freeboard, control in winds up to 15 MPH is good. Speed is very good for the boat's lengthened it is very easy to control when maneuvering. these comments are based on flat water experience.

For its price I feel construction quality is very good, but not to the level of the Shadow, this is not unexpected as the boat's price is only 53% of the Shadow or Placid Boatworks Rapidfire. It is an excellent boat relative to its cost.


Upper Boreas- Poor initial…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/21/2022

Upper Boreas-

Poor initial stability. Very tricky canoe. There are better options for tripping or fishing. Fit and finish 2.5/5. Definitely demo this before buying.

There is room to improve… Lower Boreas seems to have decent following if you want the more kayak design.


I've owned this canoe since…

Submitted by: adkjoe on 2/8/2021
I've owned this canoe since May 2019 and I love everything about it. It is light weight, stable and quick. Love how they use a foam core in the bottom for rigidity and floatation. I've taken it on our family's small lake to the St. Regis Canoe Area of the Adirondacks, it is super easy to portage. I've paddled this canoe with both a single blade and double blade paddles and love how it responds. And the price is excellent for a quality boat! Here is a link to my 2019 St. Regis Adventure. https://adirondackjoe.com/2019/09/10/the-lap-of-luxury/