Amongst paddlers, the Northstar Polaris is often called a “Canoeist’s Canoe”. It solos like no other tandem and for an experienced set of tandem paddlers it is like a samurai sword through the water. It has a slightly narrower width than all the other Northstar tandems (and most tandems on the market) and with the high-shouldered tumblehome you get a nice narrow paddling station when tandem and especially solo. I like to order the ones we carry and distribute (see my Northstar Page Here) with a kneeling thwart installed for a perfect solo option at the campsite. There is no doubt that in my shed, there will always be a Polaris. If I could only own one tandem Northstar, this would be it!
Recently, I received a review from a fellow paddler who ordered a Polaris in my favorite configuration, BlackLite with E6 Carbon and kneeling thwart. Ralph owns other canoes and has been at it a long time. His testimony sums it all up here:
“It was too dark by the time we got home to launch the canoe on Thursday, so Friday afternoon was our maiden voyage. Best canoe ever. Fast, nimble, fun. Did I mention fast already? 🙂
Saturday morning followed the first solo endeavor. WOW. I knew it was going to be fun but I didn’t expect the canoe to be that great of a solo boat. Many tandems are OK solo boats but one can tell that soloing is not what they were designed for. I am not sure whether the Polaris was designed to be a tandem or a solo boat. It simply excels at both disciplines with authority and ease. Neither use feel like a compromises. What an awesome design. I love this boat and I understand why others have called it a canoeists canoe.
Thank you for an easy transaction and for talking me into the carbon version! I can feel the quality and care that went into design and building process. It is not any one thing. It’s like closing the doors of an S-Class Mercedes. It just feels right. “
Go to your local dealer first, they may have this stuff. Show them the support! These are the little “secrets” we use and wouldn’t think of going without that are often hard to find from dealers outside of the ones we supply. The best straps, the best paddle bag, boat protection, the best comfort accessories. This is the stuff that goes out on the water with us every time!