Regarding the Swift canoes, that carbon Keewaydin 16 was stunning. Then again, for the price, the thing better peel potatoes and chop onions once in camp. I do wish there was a Swift retailer in the Twin Cities.
That picture, while good, does not capture the beauty of that finish. The weave itself is iridescent. First time I've ever seen it on a canoe. Really unique looking.
Swift also had by FAR the best fit and finish of any builder at the show. Honestly made some big names look pretty bad. Clearly, Swift cares about their product.
Now a couple complaints:
1. The US price on their canoes does not follow the exchange rate. Not even close. I'm sure there are some different taxes and whatnot, but there was a 1k difference from their build calculator to the equivalent exchange rate when I built out a simple prospector.
2. I couldn't get a straight answer about layups from them. Especially in the difference between kevlar fusion and expedition kevlar and how that translated to the real world.
I really want an inegra boat from them, but I'm just not sold on whether it will hold up to river use.