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DanCooke
03/15/2023 01:08PM
 
I canoed 600 miles in a 170T. and 700 miles in a solo in a 150S.


get the for tandem paddling, too tight for tandem
 
MReid
03/15/2023 02:29PM
 
Well, there's 2' of difference! I have the 17' for long (4-6 week) tandem northern trips. There's no way the 15' would work for that. But then it'd be a bear to solo. So it depends on how long you want to go out, whether you want to solo, etc. etc., just like any other canoe.
 
kenpark23
03/15/2023 03:54PM
 
That is kind of why I am asking. I did part of the Noatak 2 summers ago in a SOAR and did not hate it, but did not love it either. I'm going back but I want to go in a canoe this time. All of the fly in trips I have done have been in the 8-10 day range. My work schedule precludes anything longer. The 170 just seems like too much for that length of time/amount of gear and the 150 seems right on the edge of not being big enough. I was hoping someone would have something really great or really awful to say about one or the other to assist in my decision making.
 
Marten
03/15/2023 09:06PM
 
What about the 165. I have one and you can easily mount the front seat in the middle for solo.
 
MReid
03/15/2023 04:36PM
 
I'd guess the 15S would be the ticket. Dan spent several weeks in his last year---he'd be the man. PakBoats hold a lot of stuff. I have a friend that solos a 17 when she has to, and it is greatly affected by wind. She's looking for something smaller.
 
kenpark23
03/15/2023 11:30AM
 
Anyone have any experience with both the 150T and 170? Prefer one over the other?
 
MReid
03/17/2023 01:51PM
 
MReid: "I'd guess the 15S would be the ticket. Dan spent several weeks in his last year---he'd be the man. PakBoats hold a lot of stuff. I have a friend that solos a 17 when she has to, and it is greatly affected by wind. She's looking for something smaller. "
My error--for some reason I thought you were interested in a solo. I haven't paddled the 16.5, but the 17 would work fine. You don't have to fill it up (though I have)! It looks like the 16.5 is a little sleeker. I certainly wouldn't go less than 16. The 17 might have better resale value, as it's the northern trip workhorse.
 
overland
03/17/2023 01:10PM
 
I was on the Noatak a few years ago for four weeks. Our group had three different Pakboats--a 160, a 165, and a 170. Everyone managed to carry the gear and bear barrels they needed but the 170 was clearly the best for a trip of that length. My daughter and I, in a 165, did fine, but I sometimes envied the people in the 170. And yet I think the 165 would be plenty adequate for shorter trips and could be used as a solo because it's a narrower. The Ally 16.5 would be another option. It's a little lighter and a little stiffer. (Since that Noatak trip I've switched from PakCanoes to Allys.)
 
DanCooke
03/15/2023 08:34PM
 
If want solo canoe, the PAK 150S for fly in can't be beat. If with a partner, use of a PAK 170 is appropriate.