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Mist Again

Out for only my second canoe trip on Loch Lomond this year today. It was warm and mainly misty and the mist didn’t really lift.

It was my first voyage in Richie’s Sevylor Colorado which he bought a few months ago.

I got a few photos of which these were the best:

Inchmoan and Inchfad with Conic Hill in the background. Or is it a Roscharch blob?

'The Geggles' Inchmoan this morning.

The breakfast view.

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4 Responses

  1. Lovely — so peaceful.

  2. what ‘s your opinion of the colorado on the water Rab ?

  3. Aha! Leveller, I have sent you an email about it!

    The Colorado is great and compares very favourably with my canoe, the Stearns (Sevylor) Back Country. It’s lighter and more compact for carrying. It is more stable on the water. In the Back Country when you move at all you are aware of movement and it’s less so on the Colorado.

    In the advertising the Colorado is shown on white water which you definitely couldn’t do with confidence in the Back Country. I think this is due to the tubular shape of the side bladders and more of a keel at the base.

    The ‘deck’ on the Colorado has an additional covering which I liked and the seats although slimmer seemed just as comfortable.

    The rear seat is more ‘positionable’ which would help if paddling solo.

    There were only two things I wasn’t sure about. The deck rather than a Boston valve had the kind of valve you would find on an old fashioned li-lo. However we were out for nearly four hours and didn’t lose any air. Also there is only one skeg for tracking at the rear whereas the Back Country has two. I didn’t notice any lack of tracking though.

    Plenty Back Country canoes on Ebay just now, including a couple of new ones. However if I were buying an inflatable now I think I’d go for the Colorado. If you are buying one and intend going out solo, you’ll need a SEA KAYAK paddle which is longer than the traditional kind.

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