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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.