Elie Strait 120 Kayak

Priced: $799.00 - $800.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 3 reviews.
Elie Strait 120 Kayak
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The Elie Strait 120 kayak supplies everything needed to get away from it all—except, or course, an excuse to go paddling!


Lining and Layers:

  • 3-layer polyethylene includes a special resin in the top layer, resulting in an unusually stiff, light and responsive watercraft


  • Includes a bottle holder, reflective perimeter lines, bungee storage and carry handles that fit into your hands


  • Soft padded seat ensures you have a fun, comfortable paddle
  • Padded cockpit offers comfort for your knees and thighs

Support and Cushioning:

  • Backrest supports your paddle stroke with noticeable flex, and you can adjust the height to dial in the support


  • Large footbraces adjust to ensure a comfortable paddling position


  • Quick-lock hatch covers on bow and stern hatches feature a hinged design and locking lever; to open hatch, simply slide lever to unlock cover and flip open to access gear
  • Day hatch behind cockpit includes a small dry bag to help protect splash-sensitive items
  • Bow and stern bulkheads helps keep contents of hatches dry and organized
  • Specialized thermoforming process fuses together the deck and the hull under high pressure and heat
  • V-shaped, swede-form hull and extended keel help the Elie Strait 120 kayak glide through the water, and hard chines enhance edged turns and maneuverability
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Activity:Flatwater kayaking
Cockpit size:36.75 x 19.25 inches
Depth:13.25 inches
Hatch capacity:(Bow) 1,525 / (stern) 3,661 cubic inches
Hull construction:Plastic
Length:12 feet
Number of paddlers:1
Seat type:Padded / foam
Tracking system:None
Weight:46 pounds
Weight capacity (lbs):275 pounds
Width:25.5 inches

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Elie Strait 120 Kayak Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Kayak!

I've rented kayaks for a number of years and had been researching lightweight kayaks to purchase. This past Mother's Day, our family made the trek to REI and ordered my Elie Strait 120. I've taken this kayak out a handful of times in the past 2 months on both river and lakes - in light current, chop and smooth waters. This kayak has handled beautifully in all. It is very stable, and tracks really well. With a long bow, I stayed dry even when exposed to pretty heavy chop.

I am 5'10" and have long legs that have made entry in some of the other women's light weight kayaks difficult. The Elie Strait 120 has lots of room for easy entry and there is plenty of leg room within.

I am able to lift and carry the kayak without any problem and am getting more proficient at sliding it into a Thule "Glide and Set" on top of our van.

There is a fair amount of storage and it might be possible to do an overnighter with compact gear. The hinged storage hatch is really easy to use and the dry sack they've incorporated into the front is handy.

The one thing I would do to alter this design is to add a bulkhead in the bow of the boat. I'm planning on putting a floatation device in.

I love this kayak - it is one that is suitable for paddlers of varied experience and perfect for women.
csg100 at REI on 07/07/2011

Great value

For the money this is one very good overall package. I purchased it during an REI sale so it was an even better value. The one manufacturer mod I would suggest is a bow bulkhead. Initially the boat took on a little water. Two things cured the problem - I installed small rubber washers on the footbrace screws and also ran a bead of clear caulk around the front hatch bezel. The bow does kick up water so spray skirt is helpful. I have a kevlar and a glass boat - this is my fun, take anywhere, anytime boat.
Inlandseapaddler at REI on 08/08/2012

Neutral Reviews:

First experience with Elie Strait 120

I just brought this boat home last night and took it for the first time today for a 4 hour paddle on flat water. It's beautiful and tracks well, with good maneuverability but is tippier than I was led to believe. The weight is not bad though I can't lift it to my car (sedan) carrier on my own. The rear handle to carry the boat is awkwardly placed and made it fairly uncomfortable for the 500 yd hike up and down a hill. The boat kept bumping my thigh.I am a middle aged woman. I would not recommend this for a novice paddler. I made an unplanned wet exit at the end of the trip just getting out of the boat. It might be that I need a little more practice with this particular boat.Also when I practiced getting in & out on dry ground my heels kept catching the seat bottom.
suram at REI on 09/09/2012