The MyCanoe Solo2 is amazingly lightweight and portable. I do a lot of travel with a pop-up camper, and I can take this canoe with me and not have to deal with any racks or other attachments...it simply fits in my camper or in the bed of my truck! It was a little difficult to set up the first time, but it is surprisingly rigid for an origami canoe and tracks quite well for its size! I have been canoeing for over 40 years and have done everything from serious whitewater canoeing to flatwater canoeing for flyfishing. The MyCanoe Solo 2 is a great new addition to my canoe collection!
I am a long-time canoer. A 19 lb. canoe that folds to fit in my small car allows this old timer to get back on the water. Short canoes wiggle a bit, but after a little practice, I was able to control the direction. I encourage MyCanoe to consider adding a pre-folded service for an additional fee. Hire some athletic young people to unfold and refold the boat a couple times. At 72, I have pretty good upper body strength (I'm a lap swimming) but still found the folding a physical challenge, especially that little seat flap. Also, I was unsure as to some the folding directions and hesitated out of fear of folding the canoe wrong direction. I helped build my own home in my 50s, so I'm not clueless, but I feared I might damage the canoe My first voyage was an enjoyable one. This is a clever design. I would buy it again-if I didn't have to fold it! Thank you. Susan
Watching the folding-canoe/kayak market evolve since that first "Mycanoe" prototype in Knoxville TN has been a wonderful experience, and with this latest version, Mycanoe absolutely has a winner! Took me 5 mins to get from folded-up "suitcase" into the water my 2nd time out, and she handles great, packs up well, and is MUCH easier to carry around on commuter rail, bus, and subway than other folding boats I've tried. And she has the easiest build of all of them (I've tried three brands of folding boats, plus an inflatable.)
Mycanoe, you have a winner! Congratulations.
I just purchased 2 Solo2 canoes. It really does only take 3 minutes to put together! Also very easy to disassemble.
Received it yesterday and had to try it - so after I put it together at home to learn, I went down to the place to canoe and went on a careful paddle even though it was windy and the water was choppy.
Stability isn't perfect but it's not bad - I didn't get the extra seat attachment, so it will be an adjustment to get used to where the center of gravity sits in this.
It feels like sit on top kayak but sitting up higher.
Legs got a bit tired in the positions possible- can't switch to kneeling with the seat in. More stable when sitting cross legged.
Used a kayak paddle. Got wet/water in the boat, but not a big deal.
The wind/sideways choppy waves felt a bit more thrilling than ideal - the material is very light. But it wasn't worse than a sit on top kayak.
It's not hard to put together but the folding makes some crunching noises that I hope don't mean it will wear out!
If it holds up well, this thing is going to be incredibly fun for my casual paddles. I don't have a roof rack or big vehicle, and I'll often go alone on short paddles without easy vehicle access, so this is really simple. Can't wait to take it to Lake Louise!!
I'm not sure this is the #1 item for a die-hard multi-day scary river kayak paddler or someone who wants the most serene canoe ride on earth. But if you want something that isn't inflatable and just is tons of fun... as long as this is durable (time will tell), then woo. Wish the warranty was a little better after folding it a few times but I'll try to be gentle. This is a massive lifestyle upgrade for me.
Note: I shipped it to Calgary, Canada. Shipping was fast but customs broker fees & tax cost $147 CAD and that was a bit of a shock.