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For last 4 years we are the proud owners of Souris River Protector (We-means me, my wife and our 90 pound dog Petrus ). In my opinion nothing beats Souris's workmanship, stability-primary and secondary and overall quality of paddling.If you also add lack of gelcoat as a bonus of lesser weight you have the canoe for life. The only minor minus is(that's why I gave it 9 not 10), that is somewhat slower than comparable my friend's Scotts or Alchemist fully loaded. Otherwise we can highly recommend Souris to everybody looking for the great canoe.
Performance: Capacity is excellent. Loaded for two weeks plus our 100lb. Malamute the canoe handled and paddled very well. Initial stability is OK but secondary is great. This canoe handled large waves very easily with the bow coming up on top of a wave whether we were quartering,going headon or downwind. We have a sliding bow seat which makes trimming the boat easy.
We were able to backferry and sneak down beside standing waves without a worry. At 55lb portaging is a breeze.