The Drop Zone Lands

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  • By Justin Snell
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The Drop Zone Lands

hōu Canoes are pleased to announce the arrival of the Drop Zone to the fleet.

With immediate effect, the hōu Canoes product lineup increases once again, with the inclusion of what was formally Big Dog’s Drop Zone OC1 model. This means the hōu Canoes range now offers world class designs for every discipline from white water freestyle to placid-water touring.

The all new, River-Running/Creeking Canoe, is already hitting the market under the hōu name. This Canoe has been two years in development giving this exciting model the commercial viability to move forward into production.


After years of continual testing and development with our OC1 crew, we have got the most advanced OC1 available. If you are looking for the ultimate OC1 its here. It has hull speed, it carves great turns with ease, it boofs drops like no other OC1, its super dry and most importantly, its an easy roll. Yes, this is the OC1 that will make you look like an OC1 Adonis!!

The high speed hull helps give the boat its predictive feel, inspiring paddler confidence. We've added some high volume ends that not only assist with paddling through waves and off drops but helps keep the boat dryer and allow for a larger weight range of paddler. This combined with drop forged end grabs and full integral end decks means the top side is as sharp as the underside!

The boat is made from a derivative of our ARNI3 HDPE and is available in two specs.

Standard Spec comes with our all new 2 part saddle, plastic centre spine and foam knee hooks, giving great boat stiffness and helping keep the paddler connected with the boat. 

Black Snow Spec which is built using a unique design constructed by our friends at Black Snow Saddles. This saddle is a full foam saddle with many great features.

Both specs come with Yakima style footrests fitted as standard.


If you would like a spin in any of the boats then just let us know and we will make it happen!