Aluminum Canoes are steady, heavy and reliable. Designed in the 70s as a white-water canoe the aluminum construction can take some punishment. Despite its short frame, at only 15 feet long, it tracks well in the water. It is however, by far the heaviest canoe we have. The heavy weight of this canoe not only means it can be slow to paddle but it is also incredibly painful to carry on all but the very shortest portage trails. This canoe is ideal for weekend-warriors, going out for a day paddle or for backcountry trippers on a budget that have planned a trip with very few portages.