When buying a canoe, it is important to decide which type of canoe best suits the purchaser and the purposes for which he uses it. Key features to consider include the length, shape and material of the canoe.
Each canoe is made for a specific purpose, which can include white-water, leisure, solo and tandem canoeing. Kevlar and Royalex are popular canoe materials among white-water canoeists, while wooden canoes are more popular among campers due to their more traditional designs.
It is also important that the buyer calculates the average load weight the canoe can carry, including passengers, supplies and equipment. A smaller canoe carrying a heavy load may be hard to control.