Did we mention this boat is revolutionary?

Think you won't notice a few extra pounds? The Eclipse 17.0 Airalite Kayak is willing to bet otherwise. Especially on the long hauls. Made from light but tough Airalite, this Eclipse is as tough as rotomolded plastic, but enjoys the same stiffness and lightweight usually associated with fiberglass composite kayaks. The Eclipse features an upswept bow that breaks and rides waves wonderfully, and flush mounted hatch covers that won't snag things. Because it's a top-end expedition kayak, the Eclipse will hold a line for miles and miles (and miles,) aided by the Yakima rudder to keep your line honest in heavy wind and seas. Since you'll be exploring rocky coastlines and quiet inlets for days at a stretch, you'll appreciate the Eclipse's bevy of comfort features, including a fully adjustable seat with lumbar support and foam knee braces. Ample storage space lets you take everything up to and including the kitchen sink, and the Eclipse's flared midsection means that the more you weigh it down, the steadier it gets. Deck rigging lets you keep essentials like water, food, navigational equipment and a spare paddle close at hand. When you set out on an Expedition in the Eclipse Airalite, you can be confident you're tackling the great unknown in a boat designed from top to bottom to meet your needs on the open water.

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4 5

supper tasty

I took this out for the weekend and my first impression of it was Fast. It cut through the waves with no trouble and seemed fairly stable. Not being a kayak person i felt secure and stable. My only complaint came when i tried to hose the sand out of the hull. The way it is shaped makes it impossible to get a good wash.

4 5

Cost & Benefit

I own a Perception Senoma 13.5 aralite, great mid size boat for the river, and it has held up extremely well for a couple of seasons. Wanting to venture out onto the bay I needed something a bit more capable. I paddled numerous boats in the 17' $2K to $3K range. At the end of the day the nod went to the Eclipse. All comparable were about $1K more with no proportional increase in efficiency.

5 5

The best of both worlds

The invention of the Airalite hull material was truly revolutionary. Rather than having to choose between the light and stiff yet incredibly pricy and fragile fiberglass, or the incredibly durable but heavier than my mom rotomolded plastic, Airalite is lightweight, yet durable and scratch resistant. This boat is the ultimate touring rig for those who don’t have three grand to spend on a kayak. It tracks incredibly well, and yet is still highly maneuverable.

4 5

Nothing I don't like about this kayak.

I test paddled about fifteen different kayaks over a two day period, systematically eliminating the ones I didn't feel great about, based on comfort, speed, feel, stability, looks, affordability, etc. The one I was left with was the Eclipse airalite. It inspired confidence in choppy, windy conditions, felt spririted, turned easily and was very fast. I loved this boat so much I bought one.