Submitted by: fuzzysoul on 11/10/2014
I got a chance to paddle a friend's new Camden 106 this summer, and I was unexpectedly impressed. This boat featured quality construction, striking modern styling and a seat that can only be described as a pair of Crocs for your butt.
I took the Camden out in a protected cove and then into some whitecaps, and I couldn't believe how well she handled. No 10.5' boat with a 29" beam is going to challenge a sea kayak in this arena, but the Camden Jr. held her heading and never threatened to send my portly carcass into a an unplanned wet exit.
It was not all sweetness and light. The Camden's wide, low cockpit is a wet ride and requires the rider to brace in an undignified splayed position. The dual paddle parks were strangely tight and resistant to hooking. This thing also needs float bags if you plan to wander more than a few feet from shore. Finally, at $750, this model is pretty darn pricy, compared to the 10' versions of Wilderness Systems' Pungo and Elie's Sound, which have comparable outfitting and features.
Still, my slight friend loves her Camden. It's light enough for her to throw on top of her car and take it to the lake at a moment's notice. She can get her tan on, keep her water bottle in place and carry a picnic lunch.
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