The Sitka XT (previously the "Denali") is a lightweight, high performing day touring kayak designed to fit the large-frame paddler. This fully outfitted seaworthy kayak has perimeter lines, bulkheads and hatches, a 6 inch forward day hatch, retractable handles, deck bungees and an upgraded ergonomic Infinity Seat System with backrest (standard) or backband (optional).
Carbonlite looks and performs like fiberglass with clear advantages over other plastics: lighter weight, hard glossy finish, excellent abrasion and impact resistance, superior UV protection, dimensional stability, and increased stiffness. Tough, easy to repair, and 100% recyclable!
Eddyline Kayaks are high quality kayaks. If you have just tried a few friends kayaks of any brand and are looking to invest in your own Yak... take my word for it, do not buy a cheap one from your local big box store. You will only be disappointed and find that you will have wasted money in the process. I see this happen all the time in my outdoors group. Buy a high quality kayak that will hold its value for years to come.
This is my first ocean kayak. I am an intermediate paddler. Overall I love this boat. I have taken it out on very windy, choppy days on lake Michigan and even though I am not a seasoned paddler I have never capsized. Primary stability is good, and secondary stability is rock solid. This boat edge turns naturally. I love the look of this kayak. It is a beautiful boat. The keg control is fluid and easily accessible. The Denali is very well made. I love the seat. It is as comfortable as a lazy boy. My only complaint is that the seat sits up very high making reentry during rescues difficult. But, I have only capsized it purposely during training. The best feature of this boat is the abundant cockpit. I am 6'-4" 235 lbs. It fits me like an extra large glove. I still have enough contact to roll, but I am not cramped. Customer service at Eddyline is first rate. Great product!
I am 6'1" 275 and had done recreational kayaks and taken several classes before buying an Eddyline's Denali. I did my research on which kayak to buy, I focused on weight capacity, cockpit width and price settling on Eddyline's Denali.
I found the Denali extremely unstable initially and after adding a ballast system (Paddling Partner) I never felt really confotable with the secondary stability after two miles, or so of paddling. This boat may be fine for someone with a lot of experience but I was VERY happy for REI's 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.
The hatch covers are very heavy duty and seal very tightly. I really appreciate the day hatch right in front of the cockpit. The boat is beautiful and looks bad-ass! The materials, craftsmanship and attention to detail are superb. The customer service at Eddyline is outstanding! My time is very valuable and customer service is very easy to reach via email or a phone call. The phone number and email contact for customer service is very easy to see right at the top of the homepage. I had several questions before I purchased the Denali and all were promptly answered.
I could not be happier with my Denali and the people at Eddyline that make it! Highly recommended for people like me who are not a member of the "slim fit shirts" and "skinny jeans" crowd.