Guys on this forum are looking at them for duck hunting and other outdoor purposes.
-Most are not running 20 miles to a spot.
-Most will have some portaging involved where the metal keel, short length and light weight help.
-Most want something shorter than 15-17' for easier road travel
-Most are not using in large open water areas where the exaggerated keel will catch wind.
When you compare these canoes to traditional duck skiffs you will see their usefulness in regards to weight, steadiness, and paddling ability.
- The profile is horrible. The "stylish" upturned bow catches wind and makes them difficult to handle in a cross wind.
- The overdone keel catches on everything. You never want a keel on a composite construction canoe. they are only required for construction of an aluminum craft. A rocker style construction is far superior to a true keel as it "flows" over obstructions yet provides good tracking.
- The length to width ratio on these canoes is all wrong. While providing some additional stability, they are like paddling a bathtub as they "push" way too much water requiring greatly more effort.
- They are really heavy,relatively speaking. 65# for a 12'9" canoe compares very unfavorable to a 15-17 ft canoe which is a much more functional length and in a good quality product will typically weigh in at around 60-62#.
Options: Lots of them out there. Mad River offers some great sporting canoes and is where I would start. They can be pricey but there are used canoes out there if you can't foot the cost of a new one. Personally, I own a couple canoes but my go to remains a Mad River Explorer, Duck Hunters Special which I bought in 1982. It's been "ridden hard" but still functions perfectly. Good luck and do some more research before making a buying decision.