The Borealis provides the volume, stability, and ease of entry that bigger paddlers need. Originally designed for heavier paddlers, we were surprised to discover what a pleasure the Borealis is to paddle for anyone wanting a roomier more comfortable boat with increased stability for a more relaxed feeling on the water. Paddlers wanting more foot and leg room will love the Borealis XL. High performance, high volume, and high comfort equals a great boat for long distance touring. If you want to carry lots of stuff with ease and comfort the Borealis XL should be considered a great choice for ocean touring and extended camping.
Submitted by: John_Beulke on 8/15/2016
Submitted by: Anonymous on 10/3/2012
Fifteen months since final completion, I've lost 30 pounds, and feel stronger than in many years -- mostly due to paddling 3 times a week, 5 to 15 miles each. I even enter races, and surprise people how fast it is -- can keep 5 to 5.5 mph for 8 miles.
I put a Smart track rudder on and I don't like it, so seldom use it. Most of my time is in flat coastal rivers -- I have lots to learn about handling cross-chop and lumpy conditions. Now that I am slimmer, I think I need a narrower boat -- the Borealis is very loose on me. I've tried narrower boats and actually felt more stable because the chop didn't have as much leverage upon me.
I love my Borealis XL even if some day I replace it -- it's moving me from a beginner to an intermediate paddler, and I am having a blast
Submitted by: rjmarlatt on 7/9/2012
A beautiful boat. I am really pleased with this kayak. The only issue is the seat, which I am looking for an option...
Submitted by: Anonymous on 8/11/2010
Submitted by: Anonymous on 3/31/2010
She tracks nice and can hold two weeks worth of gear. I can fish from it without any problems as it is very stable and wide(25"). I will probably build another Borealis XL this fall for my wife as she is nearly as big as I am! The kit is easy to build, BUT you need to read the assembly book THREE times before you start building it! Follow the instructions to the letter and you will not have any trouble.