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Pocket Canyon

14' 1"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Pocket Canyon Description

This compact, playful tandem canoe is ideally suited for short whitewater canoe trips that do not demand the length and cargo capacity of a larger (and heavier) tripping canoe. The Pocket Canyon also performs as well as many dedicated whitewater canoes used for day trips. This allows the canoe to serve double duty as both whitewater playboat, and technical river runner.

The Pocket Canyon’s flared hull maintains a dry ride even in large choppy waves and the rockered ends, with a progressive chine, provides a stable carving edge ideal for catching eddies. Fast, stable, and maneuverable, the Pocket Canyon has all the performance features you’ll need to tackle exciting day river features, whether out for the day or on a brief wilderness getaway.

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Pocket Canyon Specs and Features

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

Additional Attributes

  • Construction : T-Formex
  • Length: 14 ½’
  • Width :34 ½”
  • Depth: 16”
  • Shape: Shallow Arch
  • Rocker: 4” bow and stern
  • Gunwale: Vinyl
  • Colour: Blue, Red
  • Weight: 59 lbs
  • Carrying capacity: 770 lb
  • Seats: Webbed seats
  • Standard: Contoured yoke and thwart
  • Option: Wood gunwale

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If I had to chose one boat…

Submitted by: canayen on 7/31/2018

If I had to chose one boat to do it all, it would be a Pocket Canyon. Big enough to load a sufficient amount gear for more than week, small enough to paddle solo and tackle some good white-water. If you outfitted with a center air bag and some knee straps it is agile tandem canoe that can handle some really big water and that can be easily rolled. Light enough to keep your mouth clean while portaging on some hard trails. It is also surprisingly fast on flat water despite its rocker. A fun boat!


A Nimble Whitewater Boat That Can also Straight Line Very Well and With Decent Speed

Submitted by: paddler210485 on 6/26/2017

After 2 Knee replacements I had decided to sell my canoes (a 15ft and 17ft Nova Craft Prospector) and get a kayak. I had lots of mileage in both types of crafts but since I could no longer kneel while paddling I thought I would use only kayaks for the rest of my paddling years. It didn't take me but a few months to realize i was a canoeist at heart so I talked my wife into letting me sell the yak and get back into canoes. I was lucky enough to find 2 Royalex Canoes at Rutabaga in Madison, WI. They had a Nova Craft 15ft Prospector and a 14.5ft Esquif Pocket Canyon. I had already owned the Nova Craft but I thought that if the Pocket Canyon could track ok with a good J-stroke then it would be a more versatile boat since its whitewater performance was already well known. I took the Pocket Canyon for a test run and it did everything quite well. I have had it for almost a year now and I love the boat. I paddle it always from the seated position and find it to be plenty fast for a whitewater boat and a very good performer when maneuvering through narrow tricky places. I paddle it mostly solo (sitting in the bow seat with stern seat forward) but it also handles fine when paddling tandem. This boat is a lot of fun even for a 71yo geezer.


I just finished a trip down…

Submitted by: paddler232684 on 6/25/2008
I just finished a trip down the John Day River in this new model by Esquif. It is a shorter version of the Canyon and, being a decked boater, I wanted a shorter boat.

The Pocket Canyon is a fine solo tripping boat. It is dry, very maneuverable, and fast. You can easily carry gear for a week or more (if you leave the kitchen sink at home). The boat is set up for tandem paddling, and would do fine in this regard, also. I used flotation, but without this, it would carry gear for two easily.

On the negative side, I found the seats of the Pocket Canyon to be very uncomfortable. Otherwise, it is very well made as is typical for Esquif, and attractive.
Highly recommended.