Ellesmere is perhaps the kayak, wherewith the Canadian company has established itself in most. Due to its great success, Boreal Design Kayaks created the range of kayaks Baffin, based on Ellesmere.
Due to the moderate rocker and the upraised bow, Ellesmere handles easily the waves and keeps you dry. The cockpit rim stands high above the water, so the kayak can be paddled without spray skirt in good conditions.
Ellesmere is highly maneuverable due to its fish form (widest forward of the cockpit) and boards with reverse arc (reverse hard chine). More experienced paddlers can easily make the turn just by leaning (without hard bracing) in order to keep the speed. If the skeg is lowered even slightly, the kayak turns hard, so it keeps uncompromisingly the straight course even in strong winds.
The primary stability is very good, typical of Greenland kayaks design and the transition from primary to secondary stability is smooth and in wide range (angle), giving enough time to react and counter. Ellesmere can be paddled "on edge" by more experienced kayakers with a slope greater than 40 degrees.
Ellesmere has spacious watertight cargo compartments with bulkheads and is perfectly suited for expeditions. The more you load the more stable it becomes. The seat and cockpit are also designed having in mind that you may spend a lot of time sitting there: they are even more ergonomic than Baffins (at least for me).
Like Baffin you can use this kayak with joy by playing with the waves, surfing and rolling as well.
Build quality is excellent. Only lightweight and strong materials are used, the best the industry offers. Ellesmere is produced only from composite materials and is recommended for paddlers weighing 55 to 102 kg.