Tons of room. That is the main appeal of a crossover boat versus a more traditional river runner. It was nice to bring enough gear to stay warm on a winter Grand Canyon trip where temperatures were the lowest they have been in 37 years. I was able to bring plenty of warm clothes, a tent, mandatory breakdown firepan, and enough food and beer to gorge myself on.
Lots of storage room for a luxury self support trip.The Ethos has enough storage capacity to stay warm when it is really cold out - cold, as in the coldest that is has been in the Grand Canyon in 37 years.
- Ease of packing. One of the highlights of self support trips is being able to move fast and not have to mess with loading and unloading rafts. The hatch in the back of the boat allows for easy access and stayed completely water tight through the big water of the grand canyon, as well as having great storage just behind the seat.
The boat is fun to paddle. With all the weight you can put in this boat I was pleasantly surprised at how well the boat handled. The bow design on the boat is great it has more rocker than most crossover boats, which allows the boat to stay on the surface better. The boat is fairly wide which allows for great stability during big pushy rapids. The other great thing about this boat is the skeg, it is great on the flatwater and during the rapids. The skeg allows the boat to stay on line incredibly well. I really like how I could power through all the funky currents at the bottom of rapids and not get worked on the eddy lines. For more technical whitewater you can pull the skeg up easily and the boat responds very well for being 10 feet long.
Fun times on some class III boogie down in the GC.Entering Lava Falls. Drop the skeg, and power through the eddies at the bottom of the drop.