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Reviews for Legend 16 Canoe by Dagger

Rated: 8.75/10 Based On: 8 Reviews


Submitted by: DSP
Rating: 10 of 10

     Bought this boat after owning the Legend version and I am completely satisfied with every aspect of this canoe's performance. Initial and secondary stability are spot on! My wife and I have used this boat on the St. Frances, White and Black Rivers in Arkansas; the Mighty Mississippi; Ocoee River and Indian Boundary Lake in Tennessee; Blackwater, Big Coldwater, Yellow, Perdido Rivers in Florida; Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia with alligators bumping the bottom of the boat. The royalex lay up on this boat is bomb proof. We have paddled countless lakes and rivers in Alabama and never come close to flipping.

Mad River has done an excellent job of reproducing this LEGENDary design that Dagger had so much success with. I recommend this boat and if it wears out within the next 100 years, I will be buying another one; but I am sure it will outlast me.

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Submitted by: Poling PeteSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     I have owned my Legend for about 15 years. I bought it as a boat for poling, paddling tandem whitewater and general rec use. It is a good whitewater tandem boat. It is an absolute pig in flat water, like paddling a baby pool across a lake. For whitewater poling it is pretty good because it has plenty of rocker so its great going up in rapids but it is a slug in slower water. My old Tripper was a much better all around boat. But for tandem whitewater, it is very nice.
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Submitted by: ArtSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I have owned a green Dagger 16' Legend since the mid 80's. It's an outstanding performer. Its large volume supports the load of larger canoes (17'1" Trippers, eg) while retaining the maneuverability of the shorter canoe. Initial stability is very good allowing a great stand-up-and-cast boat. My son has paddled his Legend (not mine) solo through Grand Canyon, losing it only once at Lava falls.
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Submitted by: Jud WeaverSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     My Legend 16 is 16 years old this year. The outer hull finally wore through in one place this July while we were doing the low water John Day, but it has left literally thousands of miles of red streaks on rocks.

We're addicted to solitude and rivers, two things that seem to go together less every year. But if you're willing to hit a few rocks, there are still week long trips where you won't see another soul.

The Legend is the perfect boat for this kind of stuff. I've watched my friends destroy their Explorers and Trippers, and finally buy Legends. It is a pig in flat water, but I've paddled hundreds of hours into the wind, (and much less with the wind) and it keeps right up with the faster boats.

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Rating: 9 of 10

     In 2003, I purchased this boat slightly used, fully outfitted for river-tripping (D-rings, thigh-straps, knee-pads/braces, floatation, in red Royalex). Although I would agree it is not designed for lakes or slow rivers, it is capable of flatwater paddling. I don't have a problem loading it by myself, or portaging it (I think the more recent versions are actually lighter than older ones - mine's about 75 pounds). Where it excels is on faster moving rivers, particularly grade II-III. It turns very easily and quickly, which makes it amazing for moving through eddies. This boat is ideal for river tripping up to Grade III. If you're planning on consistently running Grade III (or higher), you should be looking at specialty tandem whitewater canoes. Before buying the Legend, I also looked at an Old Town Appalachian and Mad River Explorer, which are quite similar (compare the specs). Overall, I am very happy with my Legend, and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
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Submitted by: SJR
Rating: 7 of 10

     I've owned my Legend since the early 90s and find it a great canoe for rivers with rapids and some current, but it has it's limitations. The Legend 16 turns very well, is very durable and is very stable. The very round nose and full width makes paddling on flat water for long distances or against a headwind on a slow moving river hard work. When Dagger designed the Legend their focus was primarily whitewater and while they considered the Legend to be their all around canoe, the hull design is best suited for whitewater. The heavy layup of the Royalex (85 lb) also makes it more difficult to cartop. A friend has an Old Town Discover 164 and it is a much better all around canoe and it weighs less. If you need a canoe for Class II, III and occasional IV rapids the Legend is ideal, otherwise a another canoe may be a better all around canoe. My paddling experience includes Class IV rapids to week long canoe trips in Canada.
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Submitted by: ---
Rating: 10 of 10

     Have 2 Dagger 16 ft. canoes - one green and one red. Both are tandem canoes and we purchased snap in center seats for the grandkids and godchildren. We love them. We usually paddle the Coosa River in Wetumpka, AL and use Southern Trails in Montgomery, AL as out outfitter. We also belong to the Coosa River Paddling Club for shuttles.
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Rating: 8 of 10

     I have owned a Dagger Legend 16 with wood gunwales for several years. The boat is well made and the Legend 16 is a versatile, high volume hull design. It paddles easily and is responsive. In my opinion, the boat is best suited for people who want to paddle a variey of situations from flat water to moderate white water and/or for river tripping.
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