Sky 10 Description
The Sky 10 is a recreational sized kayak that provide the safety and comfort features and performance of full-fledged sea kayaks. Weighing only 32 pounds, the Sky 10 is one of the best paddling 10 foot recreational kayaks available anywhere. With standard dual bulkheads bow and stern, you won’t sacrifice safety and storage capacity for size and ease of transport.
Sky 10 Specs and Features
- Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
- Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
- Seating Configuration: Solo
- Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
- Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Sky 10 Reviews
If there’s a better kayak out…
If there’s a better kayak out there for running creeks and small streams than Eddyline's Sky 10, I’d like to know about it. Some adjectives I’d apply to the Sky 10: light (32 pounds), nimble, tough, responsive, even comfortable. The Sky tracks remarkably well and is surprisingly fast for a 10-foot boat with a 26-inch beam. For two years now I’ve paddled this little boat over all manner of stumps, fallen trees and through virtually impassable backwaters. I have a roll of Gorilla tape in one of my drybags for the inevitable puncture or crack that has yet to come. Did I say “tough” already? My boat has thigh braces, which I really like. Not sure if they are still available, but Eddyline would do well to make them standard. My other creek boat, the Eddyline Rio, is more svelte with its 24-inch beam and lower deck (for low volume paddlers) and faster with its 11’9” length, but it’s not nearly as maneuverable, stable or comfortable as the Sky 10.
Total independence and total…
Total independence and total confidence - that is what I love most about my Eddyline Sky 10.
I am a novice kayaker (61 yrs old, 5’5” and 160lbs). I purchased my Sky 10 three weeks ago and have paddled five different lakes for a total of seven trips. At 32 lbs. and 10’, this boat is a breeze to load (with roller) on top of my Subaru hatchback. This means I have the freedom to paddle when I want (weather and work allowing!).
Primary and secondary stability has been great. The Sky 10 is easy to get into with a roomie, confortable cockpit. It remains stable while paddling across small lakes or along the shoreline of larger lakes. I have paddled in light winds (up to 10mph), with some small speedboat wake. This kayak is very stable during paddle float re-entry practice. The sealed bulkheads fore and aft definitely contribute to this stability, buoyancy, and ease of re-entry. I am unable to compare tracking to larger kayaks, but this boat goes straight as it glides through calm water. As my paddling skills improve, so has tracking!
I highly recommend the Eddyline Sky 10 for paddlers who want a light, stable, fun kayak that turns on a dime and looks great!
Wonderful boat. Light weight…
Wonderful boat. Light weight and stears excellently.. Much better than the Eddyline Skylark, even though it's 2 feet longer. The Sky 10 is not for ocean traveling but very good for strong current rivers, like the Potomac here in DC. The material used is not the cheap plastic. Boat is ideal for those weighing under 180 lbs.
Great boat for all around…
Great boat for all around paddling. Nice wide cockpit allows my dog to tag along. Tracks well and easy to paddle. Light weight and fits in the back of my pickup for easy transport to all paddling venues.
I have had my Eddyline Sky 10…
I have had my Eddyline Sky 10 Kayak for 2 years. All of my paddling with this kayak has been in lakes all over Ohio. I originally purchased the Eddyline because of weight and size. It is a bit over 10 feet long and very light weight. This makes it much easier to get on a rack on the car and short enrough to fit in a Outback for quick trips to the lake.
For a shorter kayak it tracks very well and is very stable when initially getting in the kayak as well as secondary stability. Overall I have enjoyed the Eddyline very much and it is a great balance between weight and cost,where the carbon boats are much more money.
Smaller kayak for smaller…
I bought a Sky 10 last…
The closed bulkheads allow for dry storage of whatever you bring with you. I am a beginning kayaker who paddles on lakes and streams and my Sky has performed well in those conditions. I tried several different kayaks before choosing this one. The vendor told me that most of the Sky 10s they have sold have gone to women. I am 5ft. 3 in., so a big person would probably prefer the 12 foot version (Skylark). Eddyline boats are made from their exclusive Carbonite 2000 material. My boat has not sustained any damage, but supposedly this material is easily repairable.
I absolutely love this boat and can't wait to get out on the water this spring! I enthusiastically recommend it, especially for women paddlers who need a lightweight boat for handling purposes. By the way, I am 67 years old and this is my first kayak.
This is my second review of…
Not so good in any heavy waters with large waves. Rather than cutting through them, the kayak rides on top and becomes less stable and a bit tipsy. I've yet to try it on Class 2 rapids in a river environment but would be a bit concerned in rough water. And, with such a short length, it just doesn't have the glide necessary for large bodies of water.
We have owned a Necky Manatu 14 for the past eight years while RVing around the country. Fabulous kayak and my all around choice for most bodies of water. But...the Sky 10 is just lots of fun in the smaller lakes and streams.
They clean up easily with soap and water. For us (age 78) they work because we store them in our apartment. We are now converting a cargo van into a camper to hold the kayaks inside to make for fast getaways. Not having a garage provides storage challenges with any kayak. Leaving them on top of the car or van for storage invites theft, unfortunately.
So, in summary, a great kayak for the urban dweller near small streams, ponds, and lakes.
We got the Sky 10's on sale…
The problem we had is that we are small, kinda skinny people. The 26" width with no thigh braces meant we could not engage our legs to control the boats. This meant they felt tippier than they should. The secondary stability we felt was not so great, but the primary was affected by our size mismatch.
We figured we could retrofit and add the thigh braces after the fact. No such luck, as Eddyline informed us. They build these braces into the boat at the time of manufacture, so if you don't get it then, forget it. Who would have guessed THAT?!!! Doesn't make that point on the web site. The Rio, on the other hand, has the thigh braces as a default configuration.
If you do decide to get the Sky 10, GET THE BRACES AS AN OPTION WHEN YOU ORDER IT. It is a very, very nice little boat, but honestly, I don't see why they don't just put the braces in there to start with.
This is a very nice little…
We would have given this boat an 8 if Eddyline had shipped them with thigh braces as a default like they do for the Rio. We discovered after buying them that they CANNOT add them after manufacture. You MUST order them with thigh braces or forget it. The representative said he has not heard of people adding padding for your legs successfully after market, but maybe some have found a way. He indicated the best solution is the braces they specifically design for the boat.
The problem we had was we are too small and skinny to use our legs to contact and control the boat. Therefore our experience was the boat seemed a bit tippy. I am sure if you fit the boat better OR had the thigh braces you would have a different experience with primary stability. The secondary stability was not so great - not sure if that would change much with a better fit, but maybe. We are going to return our boats and exchange for Rio's which have thigh braces already installed.
All in all, very nice boats and we would recommend them with the caveat that you need to fit them (26" wide). It is a puzzle as to why Eddyline leaves the braces off of this boat, and we almost surely would have kept them if they had had the braces built in.
Just went up to the Bend,OR…
We have had two Necky Manatu Kayaks (14.4 ft) on our RV while exploring the USA and Canada full time for the past seven years. But...nearing age 80, we decided to settle down for part of the year with renting an apartment in our home town of Eugene. Life is all together different now. Decided to sell our RV and larger kayaks to select smaller ones to fit inside a converted cargo camping van or the apt. Thought we would get the Pyranha Fusion 30 or Jackson Rogue as a crossover boat for rivers and lakes. But...so, so unstable! Too much work and definitely wouldn't use them for relaxing outings, photography or fishing. In all, tried about ten kayaks before my wife pointed out the Eddyline Sky 10 for her. With a great seat and cockpit area, I found it easy to get in and out. Going across the river, against the current, it was incredibly stable yet faster than all of the boats I tried (Perception, Necky, etc). Couldn't believe it! So easy and comfortable. At 32 pounds it's perfect for car topping.
To make a long story short, we bought two and now have them inside the apt until our van is finished. I'll be trying them on our local Willamette and McKenzie Rivers soon and will report how they handle in Class One and Two rapids, small streams and creeks. In my opinion, these are great, great kayaks suitable for beginner or advanced paddler. And, they are very stable and classy looking.
It's a great little kayak.…
• Super stable so far, have only been on flat water with slight wind chop.
• Tracks nice & straight (no rudder) and moves smoothly.
• Easy to get in/ out of.
• Love the watertight hatches in front/ back.
• Seat is comfortable and foot pegs are easily adjustable.
• Best part, for me, is the weight - only 35 lbs! This means I can load the kayak on top of the car and carry it by myself.