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  Too big
  Posted by: angstrom on Jun-12-13 11:59 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Jun-12-13 12:12 PM EST --

At your size, an Eclipse would probably be too big to paddle comfortably. There was a smaller version, the Shadow, which would be a much better fit. At 5'9" and 155lbs, I preferred the Shadow to the Eclipse.

You fit in the "smaller paddler" size range. A kayak that fits you will be easier to paddle well.

If you can, try to find a shop or event that lets you demo a few different boats. Another option would be to take a class that uses the type of kayak you're interested in. You'll be better prepared to paddle safely and make a good buying decision.

Sit-on-tops are the most popular style for fishing. Sea kayaks are appropriate for exploring the Great Lakes. i encourage you to get more butt-in-boat time before making a decision.

Used boats can be a great way to get on the water.

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

First Need Purifier

Fishing PFD's

Emergency Cases

Kayak & Canoe Covers

Gedi Convertible Helmet

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