Old Town Koru

Best For: Multiday Backwater Trips

A new-school take on an ancient design, the Koru's lines were inspired by centuries-old Native American birch-bark hunting canoes, yet the 17-foot-5-inch boat features modern lightweight and durable fiberglass construction. It weighs only 60 pounds and has a sharp bow entry that slices through the water and tracks well. With two 6-foot men paddling, the canoe easily slipped upstream – and despite a rowdy dog bouncing around in the Koru's interior, the boat remained stable. Roomy, too, it has space (up to 1,050-pound capacity) for all the kit you'll need on even a weeklong expedition. [$2,300; oldtowncanoe.com]