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Elie Sound 120 XE

photo: Elie Sound 120 XE recreational kayak

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.


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


  • 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.

Source: bought it new

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


  • Price
  • Rigging
  • Fit and finish
  • Cockpit


  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $699

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