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Reviews for Strait 140 Kayak by Elie Paddlesports

Rated: 8/10 Based On: 4 Reviews

Strait 140 Kayak by Elie Paddlesports

Length: 14' 0" - Width: 25.00" - Starting at: $999.99
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Submitted by: scott rSend Email
Rating: 2 of 10

     Since I review every kayak I own, I guess I ought to do this one. The good: it tracks like a 14 footer should, it floats and looks pretty on my rack in the garage. Now for the bad. This kayak is extremely heavy, the hatches leak like a screen door in a hurricane and the kayak sits so high on the water that it quarters when a butterfly farts. The deck rigging is minimalistic and the seat had to be replaced within a day of delivery.
For $800, you can do a whole lot better than Elie.

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Submitted by: RobSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought this kayak after the bow of my Delta Twelve-10 split open after a slip off the car rack. The Elie Strait is simply the best kayak for the length (14') and money ($830 shipped) I could ever ask for. I've owned six kayaks, and this is the best one yet. The material is tough as nails (the reason I bought it after the Delta debacle!).

What is most amazing, however, is the spritely way the boat handles. It tracks very well, cruises and responds to wind and waves exceptionally, yet turns on a dime. If you can paddle at all, there is no need to buy this kayak with a rudder, since it is so nimble. The hatches are easy to open and shut, and the seat is by far the most comfortable one I've ever sat in/on! Each time I paddle I pinch myself to believe I bought such a good kayak for such a reasonable price!
The brothers Elie should be commended for producing such a fine boat.

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Submitted by: Send Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     After having taken the boat on a 5 day trip down the San Juan River in Utah at 5800 cfs, i feel that i can now review this boat (previous trips were all on quiet water). With limited white water experience, i credit the boat with getting me through this unscathed. It is a great boat, incredible stable and boyant it rode the waves like a cork. It went sideways over submerged Rockridges und rightet itself in the current -incredible. Afterward the hull had some scratches, nothing serious.

Now the cons: the so called waterproof Hatches are a joke - even with extra marine gaskets and ducktape over the hinges i still had more than a quart of water in bow and a little less in the stern compartment every eve. Previous reviewer is right Pelikans custumer service is non existing, if you call you get a receptionist telling you to call the Dealer where you bougth the Boat.

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Submitted by: Michael LeuriniSend Email
Rating: 10 of 10

     I bought the Strait 140 for me and the Strait 120 for my wife. My wife and I have kayaked before but are novices. Balance only took 10-15 minutes to get used to.

They are fast, stable, durable, good quality and easy to maneuver. I have been out at least 20 times already all around the NC Sound area. Long/short distances are a piece of cake. I have kayaked in calm to rough water. I just got a spray skirt and would recommend one for the rougher stuff. There is plenty of room in the bow and stern storage compartment which also has water tight bulkheads for added protection for your gear. I would water proof everything anyway.

All in all, we love our new Kayaks and would recommend them to anyone.

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