Eddyline Denali

Specs

Length 15' 3"
Beam 24.5 in
Weight 50 lb
Cockpit Size Keyhole 35 x 18.5 in
Capacity 400 lb

Reviews

4

Finally, a kayak for the big guys! I just took delivery…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Finally, a kayak for the big guys!

Pros

  • Large cockpit for easy entry and exit
  • Lots of legroom and footroom
  • Great tracking, especially with skeg deployed
  • Lightweight
  • Great looking kayak
  • Really nice hatch covers that seal tightly

Cons

  • Finish on top deck scratches easily

I just took delivery of my red Eddyline Denali last month and all I can say is WOW! First of all, this is a gorgeous kayak! Hands down far more sexy than any roto-molded boat I have ever seen. The materials and craftsmanship are stellar. It's made of thermofoamed ABS plastic. It's 15'3" long and weighs only 50 lbs.

Best of all, this kayak fits a big guy like me. I have a very athletic build. I'm 6'3", 250 lbs with a 34" inseam and size 12 shoes and I fit very comfortably in this boat with room to spare.
20160323_181017.jpg

The seat is very comfortable and adjustable by 3" fore and aft and the foot braces can be extended well beyond the reach of my legs. I love the extra room for my feet and legs, yet I still am very solidly "connected" to the boat with the seat and foot braces dialed in.

The thigh pads are perfectly placed for me and I feel no need to modify the padding anywhere in the cockpit for a better fit. The cockpit is large enough for me to sit in "butt-first" and then easily put both legs in without killing my shins, which is something I could not easily do in my other boat with a smaller cockpit.
DSC_5617.jpg

The tracking is great without the skeg and excellent with the skeg deployed in a current or windy conditions. The stability is great, both initial and secondary and edging is GREAT!


DSC_5600.jpg


20160323_181040.jpg

DSC_5630.jpg

20160403_194011.jpg

20160316_183042.jpg

DSC_5652.jpg

The customer service at Eddyline and at REI are both stellar!!! Both are very easy to reach via telephone. I had a few questions for Eddyline before I pulled the trigger and all of my emails were answered in less than 24 hours. I was not able to take a Denali out for a "test drive" before I made the purchase, but man, how nice is it to know that IF the Denali was not a good fit for me, I would have a full year to return it to REI for a full refund.

There is NO WAY I'm returning this awesome kayak, but it's nice to know I could....just in case. I highly recommend the Eddyline Denali for people like me who are not members of the "slim fit" and "skinny jeans" crowd!

Jake W

Kayaks aren't a small investment! It's good to know the return policy before buying one, and I'm glad you got the right one for you!


4 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for letting us know how your kayak has worked out so far, Lee. I hope you enjoy many hours of paddling it this summer.


4 months ago
Lee Patterson

Yeah Jake, i know, it was not cheap to buy, and the only used Denali's I could find online were in Washington and Oregon, and I live in Atlanta, so no chance to see them in person much less demo them.


4 months ago
Lee Patterson

Thanks Alicia, I will paddle alot this summer for sure!


4 months ago

Eddyline Denali

MSRP:
$2,499.00

The Eddyline Denali is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen July 22, 2016 at REI.

If you're looking for a new touring kayak, check out the best reviewed current models.