The Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 is a great pack saw that I highly recommend to anyone travelling out into wilderness areas, here’s why.
Many years ago I used a portable pack saw that at the time I thought was very handy and could be useful when travelling out into remote areas. That saw was built into a tube and was assembled with some nuts and bolts. It was good, but not good enough for me to buy it right away. When I did go to purchase that saw years later I found that it was discontinued.
I had considered building my own pack-able bow saw based on that one, but I guess it wasn’t worth the time or effort and I never got around to it.
Fast forward several years to 2015 and while I attended the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto last year I stumbled across the booth of an Ontario-based company called Agawa Canyon Inc. Laid out on a table were several of their Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 folding bow saws for consumers to examine.
They caught my eye right away. I immediately noticed that their new design was sturdy and built strong, made for actual use and not just a novelty that would wear out.
When I first tried opening and closing the Agawa Canyon Boreal 21, I immediately noticed how effortlessly the saw unfolded from its closed position and converted into a strong working saw.
After getting my saw, I immediately went and tested it out and found that at 21inches, the blade’s length was a good size for getting proper sawing strokes, and at the same time it was short enough for packability.
The Agawa Canyon Boreal 21
The Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Bow Saw Features
The company lists several features of their bow saw, here are the ones that I think make this a saw worth recommending:
- Opens in seconds with one smooth motion – because it’s one connected assembly – so there’s no fumbling with loose parts
- Blade tensioning is automatic, reproducible and set to provide optimal sawing performance every time
- Saw blade safety is designed in. No need to touch the saw blade during opening and closing of the Boreal 21 and when closed, the saw teeth are completely concealed protecting you and your gear.
- High clearance geometry – cut up to 6″ logs straight through
- Simple and fast blade replacement – no special tools
- Grip handle angle is designed to optimize: stroke power vs saw balance and the grip handle is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort. The grip handle material is made of durable and weather resistant nylon. (I want to elaborate a bit on the grip. What I’ve found is that the saw “feels” good in my hands and using it is completely comfortable. Whether its the material, the ergonomics or whatever, the fact is its a comfortable saw to use and it works well).
- Framing made of high strength extruded and anodized aluminum (no twisting) with all stainless steel hardware
- Light weight – just over 1 pound (500g)
Ok, so let me sum things up a bit. I didn’t get paid to write this or to create the video above, nor did the company ask me to review the Agawa Canyon Boreal 21.
What I can say, is that this is the best new piece of equipment that I’ve used in a long time and the saw will definitely go into my modest collection of “must bring” items for every trip I go on.