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£1,747.44 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes White-Water Covert 9'3 Silverbirch Canoes
Covert 9'3" "Duralite"

£1,472.70 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes White-Water Covert 9'3 Silverbirch Canoes
Covert 9'3" "Duratough"

The Silverbirch Covert 9.3 is a whitewater OC1. Designed and built in the UK, this whitewater open canoe features a single layer polyethylene shell. It is then finished with ash gunwales, it also features tough...

£1,270.33 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Touring Discovery 169 Old Town
Discovery 169

The Old Town Discovery 169

£1,183.31 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Broadland 16 Silverbirch Canoes
Broadland 16 "Duralite"

The Silverbirch Broadland 16 Duralite is a lightweight Canadian canoe. Based on the traditional Prospector design, this is a highly versatile canoe. It is manufactured using a lightweight 3 layer plastic techno...

£1,176.24 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Discovery 158 Old Town
Discovery 158

A great boat with flat & white water potential for 1 or 2 paddlers. The Superlink 3 Shell offers great durability, stabilty and agility while still being able to carrying up to 512kg.

£1,155.83 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Broadland 15 Silverbirch Canoes
Broadland 15 "Duralite"

£1,042.62 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Touring Hunter 17 Venture
Hunter 17 "Corelite X"

The Venture Hunter is a fast touring canoe that includes a 520kg carrying capacity. This 17 foot canoe is constructed from Ventures premier material Corelite X. Corelite X gives the best levels of performance a...

£969.88 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Ranger 162 Cruiser Venture
Ranger 162 Cruiser "Corelite X"

£925.20 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Touring Journey 167 TT Mad River
Journey 167 TT

The Mad River Journey 167

£925.20 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Touring Journey 156 TT Mad River
Journey 156 TT

The Mad River Journey 156 is a shorter expedition canoe that offers great load carrying capaicity. While the lnegth of 472cm gives good levels of forwards speed it still does remaind fairly agile on tighter tw...

£924.41 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Ranger 149 Cruiser Venture
Ranger 149 Cruiser "Corelite X"

£906.29 (inc Vat)
Watersports Open-Canoeing Canoes Allround Prospector 165 Cruiser Venture
Prospector 165 Cruiser "Corelite"


What makes an Open Canoe Great? Open or Canadian canoes are suitable for carrying large loads and some models will take three people or more. They are very stable, great fun for families, and look lovely on the water.

The ones housed on this page will do a bit of everything. You can use them for river trips on flat water or easy white water, take the kids exploring the local lakes, or go fishing. More adventurous paddlers might go canoe camping, where you pack your tent, food, sleeping bags and very best friends into your boat and head off down river- far more exciting than driving up to a campsite. They can be paddled from a comfy seat or a kneeling thwart for more power.

If it's just flat water you're interested in, or you want an entry level open canoe, see our Touring Canoes page, and we have a section just for Whitewater Canoes as well.

There are two main materials that are used for the construction of Canadian Canoes, Royalex and Polyethylene. Both are tough plastics (usually laminated), but Royalex is lighter and more expensive. All-round canoes come in lengths from 13 to 17ft, depending on the carrying capacity and desired characteristics. Wider boats are more stable, but longer, narrower boats are faster. The range of boats is huge, so we'd like to recommend some of our favourites.

Solo users- and an open canoe trip is a perfect way to relax and unwind on your own- should look at a boat like the Old Town Pack. The low weight Royalex construction means it's easier to for one person to handle when off the water.

The Venture Canoes Prospector 15 is a firm favourite with staff members here. When in our demo fleet, it is among the first to go out on the river, looking good and gliding elegantly whilst out. Its weight and price also help its popularity, with wooden or plastic seats allowing for budgetary requirements.

Many two paddler boats can be paddled solo too. The Venture Canoes Ranger 14, for instance, comes either with seats for two or a thwart for one. This is a tough, versatile polyethylene boat for all uses. The Mad River Explorer 14TT comes as standard with two seats and a yoke.

If you are looking for a boat that will offer you greater carrying capacity for gear we suggest you consider the Old Town Charles River 15 or Old Town Charles River 16 in polyethylene and Royalex respectively. The Venture Canoes Ranger 16 and Mad River Explorer 16TT are both ideal family boats. Basic fittings include two seats, a central thwart and yoke. is a good choice- a wide, stable boat that is ideal for family use. If necessary this can also be supplied with a 3rd seat a child.

Touring boats are intended for river and lake trips on fairly flat water. They are perfect for a day on the water with the kids or a weekend camping trip travelling down a long stretch of river. Because they will be designed for efficient forward movement, so are often quite long, and most have a high carrying capacity so you can fit lots of gear (or people!) in without overloading.

Canoes for white water have their own page here, and those that will do a bit of everything can be found in the All Round  section.

For our favourite touring boats, have a look at the Mad River Reflection series. These are very light and strong for their size and carrying capacity.

Those looking for an entry level touring canoe might want to look at the options from Venture Canoes, which represent excellent rugged value for money. They also have some great budget open canoes in the All Round section here.

If you already have a canoe, you might want to have a look at  and Airbags. We have all manner of useful things for repairing your boat too.


February Staff Newsletter

February was a busy month in the shop. As well as a number of reps coming to see us, and a number of visits to make, we also attended the Run, Walk, Crawl Brecon to Cardiff Ultra, and hosted a climbing shoe demo with Tenaya at local bouldering wall Spot Climbing. We still managed to get out, and members of Team Up and Under could be found in many parts of the UK; including in the Brecon Beacons, the Lakes, South Downs, Scotland, as well as further afield in Chamonix and George L still in Thailand.
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January Staff Newsletter

January saw us starting to get into the swing of things again. A little snow saw many of the team in the Beacons, as well as further afield with trips to the Peak District, Cheddar Gorge and Pembrokeshire all squeezed in. New Years day allowed few of us to get out (even if the weather wasn't great in South Wales) but a number were in still Snowdonia and elsewhere where it was a little nicer.
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Palm FX Video Review

The Palm FX is a low profile PFD designed for primarily river use and freestyle kayaking, but is equally at home on the sea and kayak surfing. Check out our video highlighting the features of this great BA here.
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