We took the PakCanoe out on the Clackamas river for a quick test paddle. Conclusion: it paddles pretty much like a general purpose Royalex canoe. You can feel that it is a bit slower than a hard shell canoe, and you have to approach shallows more cautiously because it doesn't slide over rocks like a Royalex canoe. You can also feel some torsional flex in the hull, which means that it doesn't carve into and out of eddies quite as cleanly as a hard shell. However, there wasn't nearly as much flex as we expected. Overall, it responds to all the standard strokes and maneuvers the way you would expect of a hardshell general purpose canoe. This is comforting to know, because it means that we can paddle it pretty much the same way we would paddle the Royalex Esquif Canyon canoe we are used to. The PakCanoe feels very stable and friendly on the water, which is reassuring, and a good characteristic for an expedition boat. Crossing of Ungava.