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Equinox Description

The Equinox melds the comfort of recreational kayaks and the performance of a true sea kayak. The efficient hull and hard chines provide stability and glide, while tracking well and turning with ease. An ample cockpit is equipped with thigh braces for excellent control and hip pads and thigh pads for comfort. An adjustable Infinity Seat helps the Equinox fit a wide range of paddlers.

Equinox Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Optional installed rudder

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Equinox Reviews

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My first kayak was a…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 2/1/2021

My first kayak was a Hurricane Santee 116 with a wide beam, but I knew I’d eventually outgrow it and want a boat that I could learn more advanced kayaking techniques. I spent a lot of time researching other brands, but settled on Eddyline because of their reputation, the quality and craftsmanship of their boats, and they're just beautiful kayaks.

With COVID and people wanting to get outdoors, a lot of local paddle shops had sold out of their boats. I began looking for a shop in Northern California to demo a Eddyline Skylark and an Equinox. Headwater Adventure Company in Redding, California had both so I was able to paddle them back to back on the water. Plus they were the only shop that actually had an Equinox in stock. I chose the Equinox because it has a keyhole cockpit with thigh braces and I could push the boat a lot farther when edging. I also wanted a longer boat with a bit more storage.

Having owned my Equinox now for almost a year, I love it!. It has a long waterline and amazing tracking and glide. It accelerates pretty quick and doesn't take a lot of effort to maintain speed. With the width of the beam and the hull design, it’s a very stable boat which makes it great if you’re taking photos of wildlife or using binoculars. My wife and my 13 year old daughter have both paddled it and don’t feel it to be twitchy or unstable.

As far as weight, I can load it on my Subaru Outback by myself, but I can see where it could be a bit much for some people. I think the Equinox is a great first boat for a beginner or even a more advanced paddler. I also see it as a great transition boat that you can grow into, learning various kayaking techniques, honing your skills and eventually move up to another kayak. I’m 5’ 9” and 170 lbs. The fit and seat is comfortable with enough leg room to not feel cramped on long paddles. This is a fun kayak. It makes me want to get out on the water!


I have been research kayaks…

Submitted by: IowaPaddler on 7/29/2020
I have been research kayaks for a long time now. It was finally time to pull the trigger. By a stroke of luck, my local paddle shop had a used Equin0x for sale. I couldn't be happier with my decision. Oh, and this is my first kayak. After an hour in the water, I knew this was the boat for me. I am on the larger side (5'10", 235lbs), and the cockpit fits great. It tracks great and slips through the water effortlessly. I am now looking forward to taking a class or two and start using it to it's fullest capacity. The perfect cross between a rec kayak and a touring kayak. Love it so much, I just purchased a used Skylark for the kids. Full disclosure, this is a 13 year old used boat. The previous owner stored it inside and treated it well. No issues, no fading. Eddyline makes a heck of a durable boat that lasts.

This kayak is a breeze to…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/23/2020
This kayak is a breeze to use. I love how easy it is to paddle. The 45 lb weight is manageable as well for me. I couldn’t ask for a finer kayak. I will need to replace the back seat cushion because it has not held up well in the first year I’ve owned the kayak.

My husband and I have had our…

Submitted by: paddler780511 on 5/23/2020
My husband and I have had our Eddyline Equinox kayaks for 6 years and still love them. They are lightweight, stable, very maneuverable and have very comfortable seats. They also have a nice amount of storage space, which is great for all-day outings or kayak camping trips. Eddyline makes a great product.

I have had my Equinox for…

Submitted by: suesulli on 5/22/2020
I have had my Equinox for more that 10 years now and still love it. I have used it on waves in Lake Ontario, current in rivers and calm water and it works well in all of them. The boat is comfortable, stable, tracks well, durable and relatively light weight. There is nothing negative I can say about it, hope to use it for another 20 years or more.

I was a new paddler when my…

Submitted by: Paddler0525 on 5/22/2020
I was a new paddler when my husband first started to talk me into buying an Eddyline. I wasn't convinced they were worth the $$$, but after a few years in 10' plastic boats, I realized I was ready for something faster and higher quality. 4 years later, I am thrilled we went for it. We paddle all over the west, searching out lakes, reservoirs and wide rivers to explore. Even in high winds I know I can handle the boat and make it to wherever I need to go - they're fast, sleek, stable and have a low profile that just glides through waves and wakes. I'm 63 years old, slightly overweight and try to paddle almost every weekend during the summer. I have back issues and this comfortable boat allows me to still be active when other things I used to do are no longer options. The construction is impeccable, the boat is stable, the seats are super comfortable, the foot pegs are easy to adjust and the boats are so lightweight for their length. They are worth every penny, and I encourage paddlers that are ready to step up to the best to just go for it. I have never looked back, and enjoy every minute of paddling since we got our Eddylines.

Over the five years I've…

Submitted by: paddler780183 on 5/22/2020
Over the five years I've owned and paddled the Equinox, I have been extremely pleased with its capabilities in flat water paddling. It is very fast for a 14 foot kayak with good secondary stability. It tracks very well, but as a result, it is harder to turn than many other boats. The holds are large enough for me to stow food and gear for a five-day campout. Maintenance is very easy and the good looking decking and hull hold up well.

We love our 14 Equinox. We…

Submitted by: paddler780331 on 5/22/2020
We love our 14 Equinox. We paddle all over SW Florida and have taken groups of friends through various paddle areas. These boats are very versatile and can handle open water as well as backwater. It took us eight boats to get to these. We tell everyone, buy this boat. Love Eddyline.

As a longtime paddler who had…

Submitted by: CedarOliver on 5/22/2020
As a longtime paddler who had never owned my own kayak, this purchase was a big deal to me and I looked at many brands and models. When I saw the gorgeous Equinox, it was love at first sight. Now, after years of frequent use, I’m every bit as in love. And it still looks brand new, astoundingly. Light and durable, it’s taken many hits and bottom drags and never shown it. It is magically slim enough to track fast and sure, but with a cockpit wide enough to get in and out easily. Every detail from storage cover to handles is designed to be durable, reliable, and did I mention gorgeous? Enough keel to track straight in wind and waves, but not enough to make it hard to turn on a dime in tight places. Whenever I let friends try it, they are amazed how much faster it goes than their kayak. Plus it was priced like a kayak half the quality. I’m tall, so the very adjustable seat and ample leg room were essentials for me. If you are looking for a recreational kayak, the Equinox is an incredible go-anywhere boat engineered like a sports car.

As my first kayak, my…

Submitted by: PaddlerinAucklandNZ on 5/22/2020
As my first kayak, my Eddyline Equinox kayak changed my life. After reading many reviews and deciding to opt for stability and lightness, this boat was my perfect solution. I can easily lift it, so I am able to go out whenever I like. From the first moment I stepped into the cockpit of my Equinox, I felt at once excited and reassured. My boat glides easily and quickly through the water and every time I go out, I find something new to love about it.

Really pleased with this…

Submitted by: paddler780337 on 5/22/2020
Really pleased with this purchase (about 5-6 years ago)! Perfect balance of features/attributes: stability/speed, relatively light weight, storage space for several-day trips. A pleasure to paddle in lakes and calm rivers, in my experience. We got my wife a RIO and she loves that one, too, but max size person for that smaller model is me (5'9" 165 lbs.).

I have paddled my Equinox for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/22/2020
I have paddled my Equinox for 10 years. It tracks well and is comfortable to paddle. I use it mainly on the Chesapeake Bay and I handles rough seas very well. I also have paddled rivers, creeks and marshes and it is easy to maneuver in tight areas. The only problem I have is that after 10 years the seat is falling apart.

After much research, I…

Submitted by: paddler780180 on 5/22/2020
After much research, I purchased the Eddyline Equinox as a way to go from backpacking to kayak camping in the Midwest. I wanted something stable with ample storage space to address the fact that I was a beginner kayaker, but quickly wanted to move toward multi-day trips on bigger water with my husband and son. I am comfortable for hours in the cockpit as a 5'6 female and always feel in control and able to maneuver. I LOVE my boat and get compliments on its sleek style all the time!

I LOVE it! I especially love…

Submitted by: paddler780266 on 5/22/2020
I LOVE it! I especially love the adjustable/sliding seat with a comfy back. The weight is perfect and I can load by myself. I never get tired of paddling in this boat - it is really comfortable.

Let’s get this out of the…

Submitted by: TEnd85 on 7/2/2019

Let’s get this out of the way right from the start: my blue Eddyline Equinox is a gorgeous boat. Doesn’t impact speed, stability, or cargo space but that color sure makes me smile every time I see it. I’ve had my Equinox for about a year, and I’m as happy with it today as I was the day I first put it on the water. At 14’ and 45 lbs it’s easy enough for me to load and unload alone, it has excellent initial and secondary stability, and while I don’t need a cockpit as large as the Equinox’s it does make it super easy to enter and exit. I’m 5’4”, and at 116 lbs I’m what my four-year-old grandson describes as ‘tiny strong’ as opposed to him being big and strong. Even a tiny strong person can manage the Equinox. I primarily paddle local lakes, but the Equinox also made the trip with me last fall on a return visit to Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. The previous year I rented an 18’ kayak for the trip, so I was curious to see how my gear would pack into the 14’ Equinox. Slight adjustments to my gear choices coupled with judicious use of deck space allowed me to bring everything I needed. Even fully loaded, the Equinox tracks well, glides smoothly, turns easily, and rides out waves comfortably. The adjustable seat and foot pegs, coupled with the generous cockpit opening, make the Equinox a possible choice for humans of various shapes and sizes. I’m still relatively new to kayaking, so I feel safe saying the Equinox works for novice paddlers and more experienced paddlers alike. If you are looking for a boat somewhere between a recreational kayak and a sea kayak, the Equinox deserves a look.


I'm 6'4" and 182 lbx, with…

Submitted by: Kenton-Erwin on 12/20/2018

I'm 6'4" and 182 lbx, with size 14 shoes. Was looking for a faster, lighter boat than our poly/roto Jackson Journey 14'. I love the fit and finish of the Equinox--it is a seriously beautiful boat. Love the lighter weight also (about 14 lbs lighter than the Journey). The Equinox's deeper-V keel makes it track like a dream, whereas the Journey's flat bottom (OK, if we stretch, we can call it a "U") means you are constantly fighting crosswinds and other tendencies to veer off course. I'm not sure if the Equinox is any faster than the Journey, but maybe a tad. The Equinox definitely is more efficient than the Journey (especially our older Journey with its scratched-up hull)--doesn't require as much work to go the same speed. And with its super-smooth, nearly-rigid hull, the Equinox glides like an eagle! I stopped paddling on still water with no wind, and measured 85 yards glided, and was still going but so slowly that I got bored and stopped the experiment early. I bet our Journey wouldn't glide half as far. And yet the very best thing about the Equinox is its fantastic stability. Wow! You can almost dip your shoulder sideways into the water and still not tip the boat over. That is some serious secondary stability. I think you get that superb stability through the greater width of the boat (although, even with all that width, my feet only barely bit when on the footrests--the heels touch together), which costs you speed. Overall, I'm very happy. Might turn this boat over to my spouse, if I get a Eddyline Sitka XT. Or we might buy another Equinox. Not the fastest kayak on the water, but in every other way it is outstanding, for the lower cost. No reason to buy fiberglass, when you can get this boat for half the cost.


I’ve had my Eddyline Equinox…

Submitted by: TreeA10 on 8/6/2018

I’ve had my Eddyline Equinox for about 2 years. As a beginner, I’m 6’3” and 210lbs with a 35 inch inseam. Fit is generally good. Foot space can be overwhelmed by Size 12 shoes with thicker heals. My size 12 Keen hiking and water sandals or running shoes create a crowded foot area. NRS Paddle Wetshoes fit with no problems. Hip room is a little large. I have not done lessons on rolling but I would think the hip room would have to be decreased, i.e. add padding, to make rolling more effective.

The weight of the boat is easily manageable. I can throw it up on the roof rack without much difficulty for a quick run down to the marina. I’ve got a heavier poly kayak and I’m not sure I’d get on the water as much if I was having to deal with the load/unload process required of the heavier boat. The lighter weight is definitely a big plus.

I paddle on large inland lakes and rivers. The most demanding conditions I’ve encountered so far has been wind driven or boat generated waves. With winds 20 gusting to 30 and high frequency 1-2 foot waves, the kayak is very stable. No issues. Add waves reflecting off of retaining or sea walls and the waves get even more lively but kayak stability is very good. I do use a spray skirt during colder weather to keep warm or when the waves are kicking up since edging the boat into waves allows water to enter the cockpit.

Tracking is solid in all conditions without a rudder. A quartering tail wind driving waves into the stern will push the boat a little off track occasionally but corrections are easy.

Since I access the water off of concrete boat ramps for the most part, I’ve added a keel strip. No matter how careful I was, I would occasionally bounce the bottom of the boat off the ramp and leave small dings in the keel. The keel strip solved that issue protecting the boat.

Overall, I am very happy with the construction and performance of the boat.


good for its niche

Submitted by: paddler236662 on 10/2/2017

I have owned an Eddyline Denali for several years now, and it is my go-to kayak for overnight trips. I recently added an Eddyline Equinox to the fleet because I wanted a second kayak to keep on the deck of my sailboat to use for day-tripping. The Equinox is significantly lighter and shorter than the Denali, which makes it better for launching and retrieving from the mother ship.

I am 6'3", and would not advise this boat for larger paddlers. I fit into it with the pegs all the way forward and the seat all the way back, and the thigh pads don't give me any wiggle room. (Unlike the Denali, where I have room to spare and set it up with the seat somewhat forward.)

I'm happy to report that the Equinox doesn't seem to need a skeg, and tracks better than any boat I've ever seen. There is sufficient buoyancy in the bow when paddled empty, but I haven't loaded it with camping gear and doubt that it would perform as well with a load as the Denali does. Where the Denali tends to hobbyhorse a bit when paddled light, the Equinox is in its sweet spot in those conditions. Although I would rather surf the Denali because it's less likely to bury the bow, the Equinox performs well in following seas, and has never shown a tendency to broach.

My wife and I currently own five kayaks, four of which are Eddylines. She paddles a Merlin LT and a Samba, the Merlin being the boat she keeps on our sailboat to accompany my Equinox. Our only non-Eddyline boat is our tandem, a 22" Current Designs Libra XT, which has a large hatch between the two cockpits. A shame Eddyline doesn't offer a large touring tandem such as this. (Hint!)


I am a beginning kayaker.…

Submitted by: paddler237080 on 9/2/2016
I am a beginning kayaker. I've usually paddled inexpensive recreational kayaks. The big bulky plastic roto-mold type. They always left me exhausted at the end of the day. When I got in the Eddyline Equinox I was sold on it right away. (I actually had put a deposit down on another brand and switched it to the Eddyline Equinox after the test paddle). It was so easy to paddle and so easy to control. And the adjustable seat and foot braces made for a very comfortable day of kayaking. My legs didn't get tired and my backside didn't get numb. The cockpit has plenty of room, but is small enough to allow me to control the kayak. I love the knee and thigh braces. I'd never paddled a kayak with them before but they are a must in my opinion.

If you're a weekend kayaker like me or a seasoned expert the Eddyline Equinox may be just what you're looking for. Light weight enough I can put it on top my Jeep by myself too.


Thank you Eddyline!! My…

Submitted by: bclbernard on 7/23/2014
Thank you Eddyline!! My husband and I started out in 11 ft entry level kayaks, less than 2 years later we upgraded to the Eddyline 14 ft Equinox. We love these boats!

The Carbonlite 2000 material is light enough for me to load & unload by myself and very easy to handle. New Hampshire can have unpredictable weather, when the wind kicks up we have no problem hauling through the swells. Sleek, easy to turn & comfortable the only thing missing is a spot for my camera! I would love if Eddyline came up with something to integrate into the cockpit for this purpose.


I am a senior paddler, who…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/22/2013
I am a senior paddler, who tried a verity of kayaks before deciding on the one. The Equinox, from Eddyline fit the bill. There is no where I can't go, we go to the Keys in Florida, we traveled the Lewis & Clark Trail an put in a different places, lakes an rivers, from calm to the quick winds an waves keeping your cool,this kayak will keep you safe. The only problem is the blow hole covers are hard to put back tight once removed but rub with a lubricant like Vaseline and your good to go. I can handle this kayak alone with a simple set of wheels. Don't let is beauty fool you it is quite durable. This does not mean sharp rocks an running it on cement. Enjoying the glide in all types of waters.

My wife and I, both relative…

Submitted by: Jdwait on 7/25/2013
My wife and I, both relative novices, tested many kayaks this spring, and we each concluded that we preferred the Equinox (14') to a variety of more expensive kayaks. I suspect that they are the lightest and most versatile kayaks for under $2,000, and from our perspective handle as well as kayaks costing much more. We were recently on a large pond at Martha's Vineyard and got caught in a sudden and unexpected squall - from dead calm to wind and rain and whitecaps - and my wife, after some serious initial concern, concluded that she was in fact completely safe and stable as we paddled through it. And they look beautiful.

I've owned my Eddyline…

Submitted by: GeoffG on 6/27/2013
I've owned my Eddyline Equinox for about a year now and have been delighted with this neat "little" kayak. At fourteen feet long with a twenty-five inch beam, it combines the best features of a recreational kayak - comfort and stability - with the speed and performance of a sea kayak.

As a big fan of Eddyline kayaks - and I own five of them - I find the Equinox fits in a niche between the twelve foot Skylark and the sixteen foot Nighthawk. Like its little sister the Skylark, the Equinox has an ample cockpit and fine initial stability for fishing, photography, and less-than-experienced paddlers. Like its big brother the Nighthawk, the Equinox has a good turn of speed and tracks very well even without a skeg. With thigh braces, a fully adjustable seat, and bow and stern bulkheads and hatches, this hybrid is a "pocket battleship."

Recently my wife and I were paddling in some rather heavy chop, and she felt more comfortable in the Equinox than she would have in her Nighthawk (Although in a race next month she will paddle the longer kayak.) Last spring my buddy had little problem keeping up with my Nighthawk while in the Equinox. At a light forty-five pounds, the Equinox is easy to put on and take off the roof rack of my car. It has become my "kayak of choice" for most of my paddling adventures.

For racing and long crossings, the Nighthawk has the edge.
For expeditions the Phoenix (a sadly discontinued model) is preferable.
For shorter, "let's just get out for a paddle" trips in most conditions, the Equinox has become my first choice.


I have owned many kayaks over…

Submitted by: paddler234983 on 5/3/2013
I have owned many kayaks over the past 15 years, but now, having arrived at a 'certain age' with 2 hip replacements, I needed a kayak that was both stable and easier to enter and exit than my absolutely wonderful, fast, beautiful Samba with the keyhole cockpit, which had been my latest acquisition. I sold Eddyline Samba to a nimble gal that loves her and polishes her with a diaper.

On to my new yak... Equinox.
White, gorgeous, big enough (but not TOO big) cockpit, very responsive (rudder, only used in windy, open waters), at 14' is perfect for waters around our area - Homosassa, Florida, (scooting up rivers and narrow feeder creeks). I love this kayak and this will likely be my last purchase because she feels like my Best On-the-Water Friend. Reliable. Steady. True-blue.


I recently had a great…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/9/2009
I recently had a great opportunity to borrow a thermoformed Eddyline Equinox kayak to spend four days paddling with friends on the Cowlitz River in southern Washington state. As I'm not an experienced sea kayaker, I really appreciated the stability this boat offers in the occasionally strong currents of the Cowlitz. Even though this boat was a little wider than some of the kayaks others were using on our trip, I found it easy to keep up with the group of skilled paddlers.

I agree with the reviews below regarding the excellent tracking ability of the Equinox; also the hatches stayed perfectly dry amidst lots of splashes. I can't speak to the durability of the hull, as I was careful to avoid dinging the borrowed boat.

I'm 5'10" and 180# and I found the cockpit to be very spacious and the seat comfortable. Adjusting the seat back was a bit tricky when seated in the kayak, but once I got it dialed in, it fit like a dream.

I'd also like to mention that I really liked the Eddyline spray skirt that came with this kayak. It kept me perfectly dry and was easier to stretch into position than others I have used in the past.


Having paddled my Eddyline…

Submitted by: djo on 10/2/2008
Having paddled my Eddyline Equinox for a little over a year now, I through that it was time to report some my opinions. First a little about me. I am 6'3" about 220 lbs. and pushing hard on 60 years old. I have canoed for 5 decades and owned kayaks for about 15 years but have mainly used an old beat up Old Town Loon 138 as a platform for fly fishing for stripers from our place in Maine and to run over to Biddeford Pool for beer and lobster. I have put in a couple of hundred hours paddling the Equinox and for the first time have given some serious through to developing my techniques.

First impression: My objectives were to get a high quality boat that was light enough for me to wrestle atop my car solo that would allow me to do modestly challenging flat water in the windy Midwest. The Equinox meets these qualifications. It is a thermoform boat so it is very tough while having a weight that approaches a composite. As with every Eddyline boat I have seen the build quality is excellent. It is a 14 ft boat with sealed compartments fore and aft with a weight of 45 lbs making it easy to flip on top of my Camry. The boat is very rigid and highly resistant to the dings and bangs of launching and landing on rocky shorelines. The cockpit opening is large (18.5 x 35 in.) making entrance and egress easy but mandating a spray skirt to keep water out during even modest edging. The boat easily handles my size. The standard footbrace just fits my 34” inseam and my size 11 feet fit as long as I don’t try to wear Tevas.

Second impressions: Eddyline designed the Equinox as a transitional boat with the high primary and secondary stability of a recreational kayak but length and hatches of a touring boat. They have succeeded in these objectives. With its 25 in. width, shallow V bottom, and hard chine constructions the boat has very high initial stability. Even complete novices are very comfortable. The boat makes a good platform for fishing, photography, and even putting your knees up and eating lunch. It also provides solid secondary stability needed to learn to rely on edges and leans. The seat is comfortable for me for 3 or 4 hours. There is plenty of room to stash a few days of camping supplies in the hatches.

Third impressions: While most of my paddling has been solo, I have put in enough miles with others to know that the Equinox is very easy to keep straight even in strong quartering winds and 2-3 foot waves. The boat does not have a rudder or skeg and does not need one. I have also learned that while the boat edges great it does not turn terribly quickly. One paddler, who is an instructor, did not believe me until he tried it. Sweeps and leans have to be greatly exaggerated to have the desired effect. I have tried it once on a small muddy Midwestern river and the limited agility made it less than an ideal boat. While the boat is not a dog, you have to work harder than your fellow travelers to keep up with equally skilled paddlers in true sea kayaks.

Overall: This boat is exactly what it is supposed to be. It is an extremely well designed extremely well built introductory kayak for someone that wants a high performance recreational boat or a low performance touring boat. It tracks well and probably for most paddlers will be more boat than they ever need. It has also convinced me of the quality of Eddyline products and of their thermoform plastics. I suspect that some folks will feel they want a higher performance boat in a year or so. I tried an Eddyline Fathom for an hour the other day and covet it mightily for its increased speed and nimbleness.


Let me start off by saying…

Submitted by: paddler232838 on 8/23/2008
Let me start off by saying that I am new to kayaking. I will not be able to offer any expert advice, however, I can share my reasons for picking the 14' Eddyline Equinox (thermoformed - Eddlying calls it Carbonlite 2000)

My wife and I did a L.L. Bean Kayak Walk-On Adventure - that little taste of kayaking hooked my wife and me. I then began to read and research as much about kayaking as I could over two months (never knew a kayak had two stability factors – initial and secondary) plus I learned much more, including different opinions (skeg or rudder). Followed that up with a day class on kayaking and two weeks later a half-day private class (we did wet exits and rescue techniques). We rented a couple of times going out to local lakes and then decided that we should buy our own boats.

I am either at the top of the middle age bracket or at the beginning of the senior bracket; in any case I am no longer at my peak strength ability. So knowing that I would be carrying these on top of my vehicle and wherever we would put in, weight become a major issue. All of the boats that we had used so far had been polyethylene boats and most were 50+ pounds, I also saw some weighed less. The qualities of a thermoformed boat were generally less weight, extremely durable, no hull distortion or warping from heat/storage/transportation, etc.. Fiberglass and Kevlar provided the lightest boats and are strong but appeared not as forgiving as a thermoformed boat. With a budget in mind and my experience level as a beginner I could not justify a high-end fiberglass/Kevlar boat. So I narrowed in on thermoformed boats – wanted to demo boats from Eddyline, Hurricane, Swift and Delta (I know I’m missing somebody). Found one kayak dealer who carried the first three boats I listed. I was unable to find anyone who had a Delta that I could demo – I would have like to try one.

Of all the boats that I tried, different models from each of the manufacturers’ I narrowed in on a length, I wanted something larger than 12’ but not something as big as a 17’. I finally went back and forth between the Eddyline Equinox and a Swift Saranac (both the 14’ and 14.6’). The Swift felt more stable in general, the Eddyline less so, however, in testing both in different conditions I found the Equinox a better tracker and was very easy to turn (tried a little edging – not a lot mind you).

I bought the Equinox and have taken her out several times, and each time I go I feel more and more comfortable with the boat. Just an FYI, I am 6’2" (long torso) and weigh between 190-195 pounds. Comfort wise (cockpit) it feels not too tight or too loose.

The only reason I give her a 9 and not a 10 is I’m old school and nothing can be perfect? So far I just haven’t found any faults… maybe next year I’ll have to update this review to a 10. Can’t wait to take her out again.


Sweet boat. Best boat I've…

Submitted by: paddler232443 on 2/13/2008
Sweet boat. Best boat I've owned by far. Good initial and excellent secondary stability. Good speed for a 14' boat, but I wouldn't call it a speedster. It will give you a taste of riding smaller swells and wind driven lake waves, but the rides will be rather short. You'll have to work hard for longer rides.

Tracks straight and true on windless days. Can be pushed around a bit by stronger winds, but correctable. Excellent fit and finish. A pride to own. My rating of 10 is relative to other boats of similar length.


This is a great kayak. I go…

Submitted by: paddler232174 on 7/10/2007
This is a great kayak. I go out into Long Island all the time in it and love it. It handles great and feels very stable. I also have the Night Hawk 16 which is also a great boat. That boat can fly and is a little rocky at start. With in a few trips the rockiness goes away.

This is an informational…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/11/2006
This is an informational posting related to the backrest problem already mentioned by another reviewer. Eddyline offers a Backfloat which serves the purpose of backrest inflatable cushion, and paddle float which is already partially inflated. Please disregard the 10. I just used the default value.

I just want to add to an…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/3/2006
I just want to add to an earlier comment on the Equinox in which I mentioned that the seat was causing back problems in several paddlers who otherwise loved this kayak. I think we have solved this problem. Remove the cushioned back rest which is attached by means of a bolt. Now the back of the seat is a smooth plastic surface . To this surface attach an inflatable cushion made by Sealline. The cushion is thin but is itself padded and you just inflate it to the desired thickness. The beauty of this cushion is that it is not stiff and unyielding . Your back sinks into what feels like and is a customized mold that supports your lower back. The Sealline cushion was specifically designed for paddlers with back problems. A velcro pad attaches it to the seat. It sells for aproximately $28 and is widely available I tried other covers which pull over back of the seat but they were all too thick and pushed my body too far forward on the seat.

Wow, a kayak that actually…

Submitted by: paddler231713 on 7/28/2006
Wow, a kayak that actually performs exactly as claimed by the manufacturer and as set out in the reviews! I am a newbie, with several inherent handicaps to developing skills in a sport I am starting to love: I am 210 pounds with broad shoulders and short legs (28" inseam.) The result is a build that makes tipping over all too-easy to do -- unintentionally. I am also 58 years old with limited agility courtesy of Uncle Sugar circa 1969.

My first outing in a kayak which was supposed to be "very stable" resulted in rolling over at the launch. I switched to something said to be suitable for a beginner with "great primary stability and good secondary." I rolled that one over the first time I tried to apply a little force doing a draw stroke. Looking around a bit more, I decided that the hull design of a Tsunami 165 with its shallow V and distinct chines (easy for a newbie to feel and hold the secondary stability) would work for me. It did, but the tradeoff was a rather heavy boat at 65+ pounds, one a bit hard to turn, a tad ponderous to move out, but great once you got it going. So I wanted something smaller and lighter, and more "agile" but with the same type of chined hull and stabilty.

I did my research looking for another hull design with a shallow V and chines, and ended up speaking to Joe at Eddyline. Joe went into detail about their design objectives and, after describing my size and build, said go with their Equinox. He hooked me up with a local dealer (Great Lakes Kayak in Lake Bluff Illinois) who had a demo and several new boats in stock. The demo was the next day.

I spent a minute looking at the hull design with its distinct chines, we put it in the water, and I said, "Gee, it feels a bit twitchy." No, that turned out to be just quicker response on a lighter boat than the one I was used to (the 45 pound claim Eddyline lists is correct.) The Equinox is also superbly balanced, providing faster and more precise reactions than I was used to from my heavier, and longer Tsunami. The first paddle was all it took to feel what is indeed very good initial stability and then a quick lean and --- YES, THERE IT IS-- very distinct and wonderful secondary stability. This little puppy has simply marvelous secondary stability. If you want to tip over, you have to work at it. I bought the new one right on the spot.

I took it out for three hours late yesterday on Lake Michigan after a storm, conditions mostly flat with gentle 2 to 3 foot swells. It handled them comfortably. You paddle, it moves out fast. Tracks dead on, and turns on a dime. I started to have a lot of fun and managed to lean over and start to 'carve' without feeling the least bit nerous or needing to.

After wringing it out and trying out all I had been taught, This kayak is a great sports car. A responsive hull that feels like it is one with its paddler and responds like my son's Mini Cooper, you give it the input, and it leaps to respond! Speed is no doubt less than longer, narrower boats, but seems plenty fast for it length/beam. Again, if there is any trade off in this design it is would only be 'top end' speed, which I am quite willing to give up for its sports car handling and agility.

Comfort? The cockpit is a perfect fit for me, despite my large size and the boat's relatively short length. The footbraces are a snap to adjust, and the tigh and hip braces fit me fine, even with my large upper body build. The seat looks hard, but after three hours without a break, it proved to be very comfortable. I did see the other review which has some reservation about the seatback comfort, but even with a wired-together and fragile back, I was fine once I picked one of the three easily-adjustable seat back heights. (Adjustment is a ten second, one screw process, with no need for tools.)

The build quality and detailing is outstanding. I would recommend this boat for anyone like myself, new to the sport and with any issues at all about stability. I can also see that it would be a great boat for those who need something lighter than a full-on touring kayak or want a boat to go out and just have fun for a day.

I plan on keeping the Equinox for a long time, since even if I can get to a level where I am a 'pro' I cannot imagine getting rid of something this responsive and this much fun.


This is a great kayak for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/24/2006
This is a great kayak for beginning and intermediate paddlers:very stable, tracks well, speedy,and light weight. Only resevation is the back of the seat which after half a mile of paddling has caused lower back pain in several paddlers who used my equinox.

The Equinox is a gem of a…

Submitted by: bcates1 on 7/3/2006
The Equinox is a gem of a boat for us large frame guys.I have been at this sport for four years and this is my third boat. I had it out on the lake with 1 to 2 foot waves and it handled the wind and waves without any problem. It is very stable. You can lean it until water starts coming in the cockpit without fear of tipping. The Eddyline workmanship is outstanding. I looked a long time to find my next boat.

I still have the poly HV Kestral for the creeks. So you long legged large folks give it a try and you will be delighted that they finally built a kayak for us that has room yet is fast and stable.


We love the Equinox! I have…

Submitted by: megatsea on 10/31/2005
We love the Equinox! I have been paddling the NightHawk 16 for years. My husband paddles the NightHwak 17.5 We needed another kayak for my brother who has just moved to Florida. We ordered an Equinox for him. It arrived this weekend. With remnants of hurricane Wilma still lingering, I took the Equinox out for a paddle in 15 to 20 knot winds. The Equinox was light, responsive, tracks beautifully, and a breeze to maneuver. The winds were not an issue at all with white caps churning up the waters. I am very happy with its design and ease of paddling in the winds. It was not a wet ride at all!

Great job to Eddyline for designing a perfect 14 foot kayak! The Equinox is now one of my favorite all around kayak for short or long trips. 5 Star rating on the Equinox, the value and performance is superb!

PS... I am 51 and have tried many kayaks out there! I rarely will give such a review, but this kayak deserves it! Eddyline Kayaks have proven to be a superior design with high performance for our family, and we recommend them highly to all our friends and guests!