Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-11 3:44 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am looking at the elie strait 140 xe for paddling flatwater around the southeast texas area. I am 5'10" and about 160 lbs. I have an avocet and I love the way it handles, but it feels restrictive after any more than about 4 hours on the water since it doesn't give me much room to move my legs around. The dimensions on the elie looks like it might provide a little more comfort without feeling like a barge and still be somewhat maneuverable. I know that pelican has a horrible reputation for quality, but the few reviews I have found on this boat suggest that they might have turned over a new leaf with this one. Given the area that I live in, testing touring kayaks is not a luxury that I have so please spare me the "no one can tell you what kayak is right for you" speech. Anyone have any personal experience with this boat? Thank you in advance..
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Posted by: waterbird on Apr-03-11 1:42 PM (EST)
The only thing I can tell you about this kayak just from sitting in it in a store is that the seat was unusually comfortable.
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Posted by: skirat on Apr-05-11 4:04 PM (EST)
I have been paddling a Strait 140Xe for a year now and have been very happy with the boat. I have heard "stories" about boat quality, but have NO complaints at this point. It is easy to load on a roof rack and a pleasure to paddle. I also enjoy sailing it since it has a rudder, leaving your hands free for sail handling. This is one of five kayaks that I own.
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Posted by: suiram on Apr-05-11 4:26 PM (EST)
I am in your heigh/weight range, paddle Avocet RM with foam seat, FG Avocet with ABS seat is in the fleet as well.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-07-11 7:57 PM (EST)
Thanks for the replies guys. The boat is on its way! I figured if nothing else I have a spare in case a boatless friend wants to tag along. And thank you for the suggestion suiram, I will definitely try those adjustments.