Rated 4 out of 5 by doghiker2 Versatile solo boat
If you're mostly going to be paddling solo but want space to carry gear, the Pack fits the bill. Pros: lightweight enough for me to put it on the car top and carry down to the water by myself. Enough easily accessible space for fishing, picknicking, camping gear and/or a couple of dogs--awkward to stow much gear and can't carry Fido in a solo kayak. Easier to paddle and steer than a longer double canoe; I use a double-blade kayak paddle because 12' length means it turns a lot with one stroke. Cons: so lightweight I cannot get back inside it on the water (without capsize) if I jump out for a swim; not a whitewater river boat--best on flat water.
August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TricksterFox Sweet Boat
You should already know how to swim if you are a paddler! I took the Pack canoe through class 3 whitewater in Errol NH with no problem. I have taken my dog in this canoe several times on the Androscoggin from Gilead to Bethel, Maine. My dog is a German Shepherd. Using a camping mattress such as a Thermorest makes his journey more comfy. My favorite feature is the lightweight of this boat.
May 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jim648 Great solo canoe
I have paddled canoes of all types for over 55 years. My other canoe now is a 16' strip built Peterborough that is lovely to look at and great to paddle, but at just under 60 pounds I can no longer get it on the roof of the car without help. I tried a lake kayak for a few years, but found it too confining with the closed cockpit.
I researched a lot before buying the Pack and am not disappointed. At 33lbs. it is a couple of pounds lighter than the kayak it replaced! I took it out on a nearby lake today for the first time and found it stable and very easy to handle. The web seat is comfortable and I can paddle either sitting or kneeling
June 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Firsttimein20years Lightweight, Easy to manuver, & Stable
I have not been in a canoe in 20 plus years. I was unsure as I enter this canoe, but everything went well. It did not take long to get my sea legs back and off I went. My first voyage was for 5 hours up and down the local creek. Easy to manuver in and out of the down trees and shallow spots. I was very surprised how stable the canoe is seeing how it has such a short length. And, oh, the weight of this canoe. Unbelievably light. I portaged over a few of the island with no problems. I strongly recommend this for any outdoor indiviuals. I am planning a 3 day trip and can not wait.
December 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by RangerChase Awesome Canoe
I am from Anchorage Alaska and we have many lakes in this area .. This canoe is lots of fun , easy to carry and very steady in the water . I moved the seat a bit back and installed another seat in the front . Now me and my cousin and my dog go fishing for trouts all the time..
I highly recommend this canoe to everyone
August 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by creativetraveler This canoe is the best!
I own two other canoes and a kayak and this canoe is by far the best. I can carry it to the water by myself, it is stable when I enter and exit, and it handles like a dream. I use my kayak paddle and it moves through the water so smoothly with little effort--even with a head wind.
May 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by TWS1 Flat water alternative to a kayak
I have owned this model canoe for two years. This is easier to get in and out of than my former small cockpit kayak. Because it is only 12 ft long, and weighs less than 35 pounds, getting in and out does take some more care than entering a longer and heavier canoe, but not difficult to do with some practice. Once in, it is stable and fun. I find it works especially well with a wide kayak paddle, especially in tandem with an LLBean canoe seatback. I have found it to be stable on flat water and occasional swift river current. Unlike a kayak, a cooler or other equipment can easily be packed along. With just one person on board, it drafts less than most kayaks. Last fall, on a very calm day, I took it out on LaPlaisance Bay, which is on western Lake Erie near Monroe, MI. It felt secure and stable. Of course I did not go very far out and was wearing a good life jacket. The best part is it is easy to throw in the back of a pickup or even out the back window of a small SUV, so one will find themselves using it more than perhaps a longer craft.
July 13, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Natureseeker Old Town Pack Canoe
Hhmmm...I've been canoeing for 16 years and have never ended up in the drink until this canoe. It is very tippy. It is lightweight which I love for those times when I don't need the 68 pound Old Town Camper canoe, but I am very disappointed in its lack of stability on the water. Paddles great with a 240cm kayak paddle. I'd recommend it, but wear a life jacket and learn to swim.
July 9, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by jnort best all around
It's hard to overstate how great this boat is. I bought it thru LLBean a few years ago. Kinda shocked it's not reviewed here, but I can start it. If you'll go to paddling.net you'll find the old town pack is the most reviewed canoe on their site...and on most of the web. For good reason, the Pack canoe is viewed as the perfect all around boat by most everyone, short of those looking for 3 or more in a canoe.
You can paddle it with single or double blade, construction is just about bulletproof, it's got rocker, freeboard, and keel that's perfect for so many waters. use it plain, it's perfect, add on whatever you like as the trip demands, the pack can handle it. It has HUGE capacity in wt and volume. paddle with a lowered seat helps. I like the sitbacker seat back (also got from llbean)
I've had my son in the front in a lawnchair with legs cut off, and we've fished/camped for 3 days...then I've camped myself for 2 weeks out of it by myself - this boat does it all.
I can flyfish from it, stand, sit, camp for a week, take the lab and decoys and duck hunt, took it to gulf and paddle/poled it for redfish, took it to rocky mtns and portaged it for miles - at 33 lbs, it's lighter than my backpack! it's just a joy, see what I mean? I get silly talking about it, but I LOVE this canoe! Right now, I also own 2 fishing kayaks and a fishing jonboat and the Pack canoe. In the past, I've owned powerboats for fishing and pleasure...The Pack is the ONE boat I would never get rid of.
February 28, 2009