Posted by: Waterbird on Jun-12-13 11:59 AM (EST)
I found the weight of the Eclipse 17 listed variously between 60 and 68 lbs. That's close to half your body weight.
The differences between the Conduit and the Eclipse are extreme. If you're a beginner get the Conduit and upgrade later when you feel ready. The Eclipse 17 is probably the last kayak you should be considering.
Read the reviews. http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showReviews.html?prod=343
People up to 6'4" and 240 lbs describe the Eclipse as a roomy fit. Those folks are twice your size.
Plus, the stability is described as "fair" or "marginal" by some experienced kayakers.
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