I am looking for my first Kayak. Currently I have narrowed it down to an Eddyline Journey or Equinox. I am leaning toward the Journey as I like the greater capability, greater speed and much of the stability of the Equinox. I am a beginner who is about 5'9" tall in my mid 50's and currently 255 lbs (down from 350 in December and working hard to get to 200). I like the larger cockpit of these boats as I am larger but also have a leg swelling problem due to cancer surgery 10 years ago. I will be paddling with my wife (mostly) who is also a beginner and looking at smaller (12ft) kayaks. I will be mostly paddling on lakes, sloughs and local rivers. I realize I have some special circumstances and will be trying these boats out before deciding but thought I would seek the collective wisdom on the listed choices as well as soliciting other possible kayaks I should consider.
Thanks in advance for your input. I have read some older threads on this but thought an update would be useful as new models are sometimes available and due to my special circumstances.
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Posted by: shiraz627 on Apr-17-13 9:13 AM (EST)
you buy is the best thing you can do. That way you can see how each fits and feels to you. To me proper fit and comfort is the most important aspect of a kayak.
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Posted by: djo on Apr-17-13 6:06 PM (EST)
I ahve owned a paddled an Equinox for 5 or 6 years and a friend has a Journey and I have paddled it several time. In my opinion, if you were to sit in the two boats with your eyes closed you could not tell the difference. Same cockpit, same seat. When paddling the boats also feel very similar. The Journey seems to be a bit faster. The Equinox will handle your weight but you are pushing the upper weight limit a bit. The only downside I see to the Journey is that it is a 5 lbs heavier and you have another foot of boat to load and unload. I suspect you will be happy with either by there are some advantages to the Journey. Paddle them and see.
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Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-17-13 8:03 PM (EST)
Have you paddled either of these kayaks? Have you sat in the cockpit?
Posted by: WOBster on Apr-17-13 9:13 PM (EST)
I have actually sat in the Equinox cockpit and fit fairly well (I was a bit surprised but it was pretty good). I have VERY short legs with an inseam of only 28-29 inches, so maybe that contributes to my not noticing a problem? I will be paddling both in the next few weeks (I want to test them in decent weather so I need my schedule and Oregon Weather to cooperate!) so hopefully I will get a better feel. I appreciate all the answers (and would be happy to get more opinions/suggestions!). I am not really worried about the 4 lb. weight difference out of the water, with my legs a bit less useful than they would normally be I have gotten used to using my upper body to assist so I am in pretty good shape from the waist up despite my weight.I lifted a Journey at a local shop and did not find it difficult to maneuver or carry. Quality of construction is also an issue for me and it sounds like the Eddyline is the best built of the group that has been mentioned. I will see if I can find a Delta near me, but the smaller cockpit may be a problem.
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Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-18-13 8:28 PM (EST)
When you demo the Eddylines just pay careful attention to how your knees/thighs fit under the thigh braces and ask yourself if it would be comfortable for a few hours.
Posted by: 1olddog on Apr-18-13 11:02 PM (EST)
I paddle a Journey while my wife paddles an Equinox. Both cockpits are the same. The Journey hull is faster and has a skeg. The Equinox has no skeg but is a comfortable relaxing boat, not as fast as the Journey but requires added care to compensate for weathercocking. Either boat would fit your needs. The Journey would be there long after you outgrow the Equinox.
Posted by: WOBster on Apr-22-13 12:14 AM (EST)
Waited until my legs were good and swollen... I sat in a Journey and two things became apparent...when truly swollen I don't fit...feet are slightly tight but not too bad but swollen legs/thighs pushing out of top of cockpit...
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Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-22-13 8:58 PM (EST)
I suspected that the Eddlyine cockpit would be too low for you. I hope you'll be able to try a Delta---you will have about 2" more room above your thighs.
Current designs Kestrel|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-22-13 9:13 PM (EST)
Another kayak to look at is the Current Designs Kestrel in composite or kevlar. It used to be made in thermoformed plastic (called TCS) and you can still sometimes find a used one in TCS. Old Orchard shows a used TCS in stock for $1000: http://oakorchardcanoe.com/usedkayaks.php