Touring Kayak Reviews: Elie Strait 140XE

Touring Kayak Reviews

Elie Strait 140XE
($1,100; www.eliesport.com)
L: 14’; W: 25”; 55 lbs.

None of our sea-kayak snob testers expected much from an Elie, a division of Quebec-based Pelican International, which is not known for performance boats. But stereotypes drowned on the water. “Definitely the most fun to paddle,” raved one tester. “The biggest surprise of the test.” Despite its name, the Strait turned on a dime, felt speedy and is outfitted well with a high-back seat covered in breathable padding. The Strait’s two main hatches provide room to roam with enough volume for a lightweight long weekend and, because they open with the flick of a lever, are dead easy to use even from the water—though the twist-open day-hatch leaked and jammed a bit. The large seat elevates paddlers slightly higher to create a more powerful paddling position, but also a tippier feel. But what beginners may lose in stability (definitely the least stable boat we tested), the staunch secondary stability offers paddlers with some kayaking experience an ideal boat that will keep up as skills develop. With a little practice it’s comfortable on edge, allowing more dynamic turns and steering minus the rudder. With the rudder engaged, the Strait felt like the fastest boat in the test, telling us they’re on to something. Elie credits the Poly-XR material, which they claim cuts weight and adds 30 percent more rigidity compared to other thermoformed boats.
 

Photo: Aaron Schmidt


 

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  • JM Bonin

    I do not have the Elie Strait 140 but I have an Elie Sound 120. It goes great in the water (easy to maintain a straight line) but this kayak is fragile. On the first week, I broke the front handle while lifting the kayak EMPTY!!! THe handle only holds with one screw and is therefore weak…Also, the second week, I broke the side elastic that “holds” the paddle while resting… Didn’t even have to force it – just broke while pulling on it to attach the paddle… The store supplied spare handle / elastic, but to no use because the hole for the screw is stripped… The two plus sides: comfortable seat + relatively good holding space.

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