Elie Sound 120 XE

rated 4.5 of 5 stars (2)
photo: Elie Sound 120 XE recreational kayak

Specs

Price Historic Range: $699.95
Reviewers Paid: $699.00

Reviews

I bought this kayak about 4 years ago and have used…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

I bought this kayak about 4 years ago and have used it over 100 times on lakes and rivers. The seat is comfortable enough sit in for full days in a row and it is great to paddle.

I have had two quality issues: The paddle strap plastic holders broke off and one of the foot rails leaks. It has great toughness and is extremely stable.

Pros

  • Very stable
  • It is both maneuverable and quick
  • Comfortable for all-day paddle

Cons

  • The paddle cord broke (the plastic that holds it to the kayak)
  • Leaky foot braces

This was my first kayak and I still use it as my main kayak to this day. It is extremely comfortable to paddle and has enough room to stash supplies for a 3-day adventure on the water. As a beginner, it was very stable and I have never felt wobbly or in danger.

I have used this well over 100 times on water ranging from class 1 rapids to wide fast-moving rivers to lakes to meandering creeks. On the creeks, it was a bit long and not as nimble as I needed it to be, but that is no surprise.

Everywhere else, it has worked wonderfully. The paddle cord broke, but I have never replaced it or missed having it. Also, one of the foot braces had a leak that I needed to seal with a waterproofing compound.

As for everything else, it works. The only reason I might switch to a different main kayak is if I transition to a sit-on-top to have a bit more flexibility. Good boat.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Sam. Thanks for the kayak review.


4 years ago

Good looking boat. Paddles well. Tracks straight.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $699

Summary

Good looking boat. Paddles well. Tracks straight. Great seating.

Pros

  • Price
  • Rigging
  • Fit and finish
  • Cockpit

Cons

  • Bit heavy

Great boat for lakes and slow moving rivers. Paddles easily and tracks well. Easy to get in and out of even for a 6'4" 200 lb person. Ergo flex seating is fantastic. Boat is very well rigged. Great bang for the buck.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, David. Out of curiosity, where do you primarily use your kayak and who would you recommend it to?


4 years ago
David Nutini

We use the kayaks in local lakes mostly. Kootenay Lake, Champion Lake, Nancy Greene Lake and Christina Lake. We do plan to take them on the road next summer and try out some lakes and rivers in Idaho.


4 years ago
David Nutini

I would recommend these for people who want to get into the sport or are lookingfor an increase in comfort over there existing boats.


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, David.


4 years ago

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