LAVAL, QUEBEC, May 16, 2011- Pelican is proud to announce that its Elie Strait 140 XE kayak has won Outside magazine’s prestigious Summer 2011 Gear of the Year award for best boat. For the past 16 years, the magazine has been selecting its favourite products, spotlighting “only the best-performing gear available” and the “best values in each class”.
“The Straight 140 XE is one of those rare boats that just about every tester liked,” said Buyer’s Guide editor Sam Moulton. “It’s fast and agile enough for quick outings and day trips, but it really shined on longer trips. It tracks beautifully, has plenty of storage, and is impressively stable, even in heavy chop.”
At 14 feet long, the Elie Strait 140 XE weighs just 53 pounds. Made from an exclusive and proprietary material, Poly-XR(tm), the Strait provides the durability of polyethylene with the stiffer and lighter feel of a composite boat. The narrow front of the Strait’s asymmetrical Swede-form hull, as well as its V-hull and keel extension, offer superior speed, tracking and steering. Its broader stern allows for ample storage for longer trips.
In addition to its technical prowess, the Elie Strait 140 XE offers exceptional comfort. The craft’s Ergoflex Seating System(tm) offers a tailored fit for optimal comfort and back support; a mesh back allows air to circulate, and an EVA-padded seat provides thigh support, minimizing paddler fatigue.
Priced at $1100, the Elie Strait 140 XE brings a technically advanced, feature-loaded kayak within the reach of many paddling enthusiasts.