Sound 120 XE

by  Elie
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Sound 120 XE Description

The Sound 120 XE is the perfect all-around performance boat for ponds, quiet lakes or slow, deep rivers. Entry and exit is easy, thanks to a roomy cockpit opening and there’s plenty of storage, both bow and stern. It is fast, stable and easy to lift on and off the top of a car. And, of course, it's equipped with the popular quick lock hatch, the ultimate in quick and easy access.

Sound 120 XE Specs and Features

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

Sound 120 XE Reviews

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This is a great kayak... …

Submitted by: anatnoms on 9/4/2019

This is a great kayak...

It's fairly stable considering it's narrow width.

It's quite quick, empty (at just 45lbs) or even loaded with battery, tackle, electronics...

The only drawback I've found are some of the fasteners need to be tightened periodically or they have a tendency to fall out.

I've owned mine for 7 years and still enjoy it.


Great kayak, cuts through…

Submitted by: paddler494303 on 3/15/2019

Great kayak, cuts through the water way better/faster than an average kayak. Quick lock hatch is great and has so far been water tight. I put some flush mount rod holders and other accessories, can comfortably fish for hours. I did get a seat cushion for added comfort.


this kayak is a great buy, i…

Submitted by: paddler463606 on 8/24/2018

this kayak is a great buy, i go out at least 3 times a week. lakes and rivers. (small R1 rapids, just love it. i would recommend it anytime.


The rapids were class 3, and…

Submitted by: Backpacker on 6/15/2018

The rapids were class 3, and I was shouting in joy as three friends and I shot them. My Elie -- though not a whitewater boat -- responded beautifully. She's lightweight, maneuverable, responsive. But I'm still learning the fine points of paddling, and as I tried to hit a chute, I slammed into a rock, spun, hit another rock. Before I knew it, I was in the churning water. I grabbed the capsized Elie, held on. Finally, I pushed her to the bank, emptied her and got back on the river. The boat had taken hard hits, but there wasn't a mark on her. This review is a four star because I learned the difference between water resistant and water proof. The Elie's hatches are water resistant, not water proof. Be sure to stow all gear in dry bags. Especially lunch.


I love my boat! I saw this yellow beauty sitting in a show…

Submitted by: XFiraga001 on 4/27/2016
I love my boat!

I saw this yellow beauty sitting in a show room at an outfitter I'd never visited before, before I knew it I was driving home with a 12' boat strapped to my Sedan's roof.

Since then it's been a happy 2 years with Y-Elie, we've spent hundreds of hours on the waters surrounding St. Petersburg FL, tackled several rivers, and most recently a multi-day trip down the Suwannee in which she performed brilliantly!

Great storage hatch, my showroom model came without the foam liner so i added a strip of neoprene which has kept it very dry. The seat is comfortable as are the adjustable foot pegs. The boat is well balanced, speedy, turns fast, and tracks well. She can take waves and she can turn corners on a fast flowing river.

In other words, unless you seriously need the benefits of a short river play boat, or a 16'+ seayak, a 12' Elie will do everything for you. And looks like you have options in case you want more fishing riggings or even a rudder, but I'm here to say the Sound 120 XE is da bomb.

This boat is so great my paddling homie bought the same model in red. Her name is R-Elie, and the sisters get along famously. We are not exactly gentle with our boats, sometimes running right onto some sharp barnacles or throwing it in the back of a truck. These boats can take some abuse, and we both look forward to many many more years on the water with the Elie sisters!


The ELIE SOUND 120 XE is a…

Submitted by: rcawson on 7/5/2015
The ELIE SOUND 120 XE is a wonderful kayak with many great features. It is stable and tracks well, the adjustable seat is very comfortable for longer outings and the foot rests are very comfortable. Add to this the water bottle holder, water tight compartments for gear, the bungees and this kayak provides great value and safety. Also, the ELIE SOUND 120 XE is a great looking kayak that gets lots of looks and compliments. I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone.

I've owned my Elie yak four…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/19/2014
I've owned my Elie yak four years and have fishing ponds, lakes and salt water bays from Cape Cod to Maine. It's great in flat water, fast stable and tracks well. Was always a little nervous when it got choppy so this past summer bought the 12' Elie SOT which has chasing stripper's where ever they go.

Pretty great kayak for the…

Submitted by: farley2303 on 8/20/2014
Pretty great kayak for the price. This was my first fishing kayak and what ultimately turned me onto other forms of paddling. A few minor quality issues but they can mostly be attributed to me beating the boat up more than it deserved.

Got my first Kayak at age 74.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/16/2013
Got my first Kayak at age 74. Had never been in one before and tried 3 different boats at dealer before buying this one. Could not have made a better choice! Handles easily, pretty comfortable, and I can load and unload on car top with no trouble. Use in backwater swamps and creeks in eastern NC coastal plane.

Very satisfied! You won't go wrong with this one! Hull handles all of the submerged logs and stumps with no problem. I just have problem getting out after several hours!!


I travel a lot for work, so I…

Submitted by: paddler235107 on 7/17/2013
I travel a lot for work, so I depend on kayak rentals much too frequently. Of the rentals I've used in the past year or so, the Elie Sound 120 XE was the best. I rented it for a day of kayaking on a large, inland reservoir; still in the morning, windy in the afternoon, no current or rips.

The Elie tracked well, was completely manageable even in the afternoon wind, and had a surprisingly comfortable seat for a stock model. It was very stable, but I didn't feel as if I was paddling a bathtub around the lake (unlike my most recent rental, which was stable as stable gets, but also sluggish and heavy). The knee/thigh padding was good. The foot pegs adjusted easily and didn't slip around out on the water (I have a habit of bearing down on them in the wind, apparently more than the average kayaker, so this is always an issue with me).

A plus: the cockpit is wide, so I had no trouble sliding in or out at the shore. I thought the tray--which I didn't really use--might create an access problem, but it didn't. The kayak was light and easy to lift to the shoulder (the manufacturer says this is because of its "lightweight and incredibly durable Poly-XR material").

I'd definitely consider buying this model for day trips on lakes or rivers (not whitewater) if I didn't travel so much. I'm not sure I'd use it on open coastal water with tides/currents/high wind (just got back from a kayaking trip in the Puget Sound) without a rudder.


Awesome kayak! It tracks…

Submitted by: anatnoms on 3/20/2013
Awesome kayak! It tracks well, it's fairly speedy, it's also light and easy to carry. The seat is really comfortable for about 3-4 hours; after that you'll need a stretch. I use it primarily for fishing and it performs well.

Good boat that tracks fairly…

Submitted by: paddler234307 on 9/28/2011
Good boat that tracks fairly well. Large cockpit for ease of entry. Has no bulkheads. A bit heavy (~50#) but solid.

I purchased a Sound 120 XE…

Submitted by: paddler233750 on 8/10/2010
I purchased a Sound 120 XE and thoroughly enjoy it. Usually kayak 5+ hours when out for the day. I've used it on ponds, lakes, and in the coves and harbors of Narragansett Bay, and it performs just the way I expected. Stays straight and tracks great. If caught in a wind, however, you just have to work a little harder to keep it straight. Nice lines/design - looks like fiberglass. I'm very happy with my Elie!

This is a fantastic boat I am a relative beginner, I have paddled…

Submitted by: paddler233566 on 5/5/2010
This is a fantastic boat
I am a relative beginner, I have paddled a smaller boat on a 6 hour trip down a river, I thought that was great. I tried this boat and and was shocked at how little effort it takes to move this boat around. During the test I went in a simple square shape, I feel as if the boat tracks great, I couldn't be happier with it
Sound 120 XE
by Elie