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.
At 26 lbs. it is feather light. The construction is artistic and impeccable. It's first outing was a 3 day 45 mile paddle and portage trip through the Adirondack region. Facing strong winds and moderate waves the Shadow holds a course confidently in all directions with weathercocking close to non existent. The boat is ridiculously fast, has remarkable and predictable secondary stability, and when leaned over turns on a dime. While promoted as a pack canoe (intended for double paddle) the boat paddles effortlessly with a single stick.
Dealing with Joe Moore is a joy and while the Shadow is rather pricey, it is unquestionably worth every penny!