Equinox 10.4

10' 4"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Equinox 10.4 Description

Equinox kayaks were created with clear objectives to provide the kayaking enthusiast with a unique combination of quality and performance. They exceed the expectations of beginner and avid paddlers alike and provide the best kayak value in the industry. After working diligently with paddlers at all levels of skill and participation frequency, several critical success factors became evident. The perfect kayak had to be stable, had to track and turn with ease and had to be loaded with features that guaranteed a high level of comfort. All this while providing generous room for gear storage.

Equinox 10.4 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

  • Multichannel hull for greater stability and tracking
  • Front and Rear Carry Handles
  • Ergonomic comfort seat
  • 4" cam lock hatch with mesh bag
  • Front and rear bungees
  • Adjustable footrest system

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Equinox 10.4 Reviews

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I have had my kayak for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/7/2022

I have had my kayak for about 7 to 8 years now. Had 2 of them and sold one. I paid only $350 for the set and they were well worth it!!! Love mine still!!! It is so sturdy and hard to tip. I am 5'7" and weigh around 130#. Only major issue with these is the seats, clips break and they do come off, but I just put a towel down because I'm gonna need it anyway when I get wet. Lol I take my pole and cooler and go enjoy the day. I have laid on mine too to soak up some rays, just put my cooler in the middle hole and laid out on top (very sturdy!). I have enjoyed my kayak since day 1 and it has never let me down. Like I said, the seat snaps do break and come out, but it doesn't bother me at all. I leave the seat out anyway. Thanks and keep on yak'n!


love the kayaks. We have 2.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/28/2021

love the kayaks. We have 2. Need to replace the seats. Anyone have suggestions of which replacement works best. Email me jmholmes@comcast.net. Thanks.


Similar to many of the other…

Submitted by: paddler836430 on 7/27/2020
Similar to many of the other reviews. I’ve had the kayaks for five years and have used them quite a bit however I agree that the seats are cheap and uncomfortable. There’s not enough support in the seat back which causes back pain. The material ripped out from around the plastic plugs that hold the seat in the first time out. The J hook that holds the paddle kept falling out and when it was in I kept hitting my knuckles on it. The small compartment in the front ripped and kept Falling out. Granted this is not a high and expensive kayak but still these are basic things that shouldn’t happen. The storage compartment in the back gets wet every time and I am just paddling on a flat lake. I have had to put my belongings in an extra dry bag. For those of you who have said that you put better seats in I would love to know what seats you chose that could be installed in it. I don’t really want to go out and purchase expensive kayaks and would love to know if equinox has made any improvements to these issues that I could purchase

This kayak is built to take…

Submitted by: paddler554567 on 9/16/2019

This kayak is built to take a pounding .tracks well the material is way more robust than most and ive had a few its a bit heavy yes but built to last a long time as with all polyethelene products dont store in direct sunlight uncovered it may become brittle after long everyday exposure Great Kayak


We love our kayaks! We've…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/8/2019

We love our kayaks! We've had our first two for about four years. We bought another a couple of years back. Great for flat water. We've used them on the Spokane River, the Little Spokane, and on several lakes in the Great PNW. Hey, they're nothing fancy, but they work for my family and me.

They're fairly light when getting them in the truck. They're stable and easy to maneuver on the water. I suppose I could have spent a few more buck for something else, but I really don't know why I would have done that. My Equinox 10.4s (two yellows and a green) are pretty awesome!


Just purchased the equinox…

Submitted by: paddler467067 on 9/10/2018

Just purchased the equinox 10.4. Have enjoyed it very much. Have used it on the river and it worked wonderfully. Used on the lake while it was calm and on a windy day with 1 1/2 ft waves. Paddled for 1 hr into the wind. And went sideways for a while playing around. Felt very comfortable and stable. Would recommend for beginners or intermediate kayakers.


Just purchased the equinox…

Submitted by: paddler467063 on 9/10/2018

Just purchased the equinox 10.4. Have enjoyed it very much. Have used it on the river and it worked wonderfully. Used on the lake while it was calm and on a windy day with 1 1/2 ft waves. Paddled for 1 hr into the wind. And went sideways for a while playing around. Felt very comfortable and stable. Would recommend for beginners or intermediate kayakers.


Bought via FB classified and…

Submitted by: painterbabe1 on 8/24/2018

Bought via FB classified and was surprised by how well built this kayak is. Treks great in the water and is very comfortable for my small size, light weight enough that i can pack it by myself. The only problem is the seat. I have had to replace all the plugs to hold the seat in place and it could use a little more padding in the rump area.


My brother and I purchased…

Submitted by: paddler451191 on 7/9/2018

My brother and I purchased (2) equinox Extreme 10.4 both with in a year the back of the seats came off . The material had shrank so bad that we could not get them back on . Contacted the company , they said , sending one out today , 3 months later ,contacted again ,must have been a mix up we will send one in two day s. Waited 3 weeks , called back two more time ,no response . If any one knows where to get a replacement seat let me know . Please don't say get one from there company ! I have tried for three months . It comes down to join pay pal or your out. Two years my kayak has been setting .


We got ours in Canada. I…

Submitted by: paddler443940 on 6/18/2018

We got ours in Canada. I think the models must have changed since the other reviews on here. This is a great kayak glides well and straight and is stable with low draft. Seat was great and comfortable. I am very happy. nice cargo access space in rear and if I get a water tight skirt it is sealed. But it is misleading because plot looks like a dry well and it is not just access to rear cargo behind seat but if wave comes in it is wet.


Costco Special-Good for the Price... but needs a few things

Submitted by: OpenRoads on 8/21/2017

We purchased two of these Costco variety Equinox 10.4 kayaks based on the price ($239 each) as we are relatively new to the kayaking world. As other have stated there are quality issues--after all it is a sub $300 kayak. The seat is cheap and uncomfortable, so we've changed ours out through some we found on Amazon. The front and rear handle grab hooks are cheap plastic and we changed those out before our first lake outing. We purchased metal ones from the hardware store and used wide flat washers on top and bottom with locking screws to secure them. Making simple upgrades to any inexpensive piece of sporting equipment that will see lots of abuse is a necessary thing.
The boat tracks relatively well, and is pretty stable out on the lake. The foot pads take some getting used to and feel somewhat cheap. But as with all sub $300 kayaks everyone has to modify them a little to make them their own--based on their own needs. I recommend this kayak to any beginner. For us and as little as we kayak, it is a good bang for the buck.


Great kayak- horrible warranty

Submitted by: paddler379704 on 8/3/2017

I would give it four stars but due to the warranty I won't. The kayak itself is awesome I actually purchased two of them. On one of them the J-clip fell off before it was even used and the seat tore out just after a few uses. I went online to order a new seat and J-clip which are free if it is still under warranty BUT they were going charge over $25 for shipping. Even if I just ordered a J-clip it would be $20. Ridiculous prices for shipping.


An OK boat for the price

Submitted by: Macko on 7/21/2017

Bought the boat at Costco this spring (2017). The first time out, about 2 hrs max., I could not set the seat straps to get back support. Afterwards found that one of the plastic rivets fastening the rear bottom of the seat in place had ripped out of the seat fabric. The other rivet was beginning to tear.

Second time out, using a portable folding cloth seat with decent support, my right hand hit the plastic paddle holder about twice while paddling. Minor but memorable pain. I made a mental note to fasten its screw tighter when I got home. A couple of paddle strokes later, my hand brushed it again and it wiggled free into the river.

What next? Haven't yet decided whether to return it under warranty. Even at a sale price it's not a used kayak and shouldn't need to be fixed after every use. It should've had at least a $100 rebate, instead of $50.
Good luck if you buy one.


Good kayak, seat is bad

Submitted by: paddler372962 on 7/3/2017

Kayak itself is nice and tracks well. The seat tore out second time we used it. This was while paddling, not due to abuse. The plastic anchors pull out easily. Will keep and replace seat.


Great Yak

Submitted by: Chad_Thomas on 6/5/2017

This kayak is a great boat and it tracks like a missile. You can stop paddling to give your arms a break and this thing just glides right along, nice and straight. This yak is super stable as well. You'd almost have to try to roll it.

There is a couple cons, the paddle holder is pretty much useless. No problem, I just installed a taco clip in its place. Another bad is the smaller compartment. The liner is terrible. Keeps falling out. I haven't figured a fix for this yet. I'm also a larger guy and the backrest isn't quite tall enough for me, so I'm gonna replace the seat. No biggie. I'll get this thing dialed in and I'll have a perfect kayak that will last me a long time.

Great boat and even better because of the price. I found them at Costco on sale for $249.


I got my new Equinox 10.4…

Submitted by: paddler236587 on 11/6/2015
I got my new Equinox 10.4 this year 2015 and I love it!! I was renting a sit on top and I love this one so much more. Having lots of fun in it on Lake Natoma and the American River. Will be venturing out to different lakes in our area as soon as my roll down rack comes in so I won't need my husbands help to unload.

The first outing with the…

Submitted by: paddler236288 on 6/23/2015
The first outing with the kayak the handle at the front of the boat broke because the screws ripped out of the plastic. We're taking it back.

I have Equinox 14.0 feet and…

Submitted by: paddler229423 on 10/3/2014
I have Equinox 14.0 feet and is very good, I'm happy with my kayak, I used in lakes and river, work very good.

just tested this product on…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/19/2014
just tested this product on Loch Lomond in Scotland and found that both front and rear hatches leak, hopefully a simple cure of silicon sealant around the under side inner lips but this design fault should have been rectified a long time ago as forums mention it on a number of occasions apart from that issue its a good boat for the price and handles well even in rougher condition,am a six foot tall guy and found the foot supports need to be moved fully back or better still removed completely this gives your feet a bit more freedom...

This kayak is very wide and…

Submitted by: Tmparsons67 on 8/7/2014
This kayak is very wide and stable, but doesn't cut the water very well. The front mini dry storage seems like a good idea but the bag hangs down in front of your legs and can be accidentally knocked off. The rear dry hatch is not completely water tight.

As an entry level kayak this is a good choice.


I've been on the water all of…

Submitted by: paddler235747 on 7/16/2014
I've been on the water all of my life. Lakes and streams to flooded lagoons. I can't get enough. I paddle, row, and I have a 17 foot wind powered model which is incredible fast. I have a pontoon and a jet ski. I like all of my crafts, but in favor my 10 foot boat. I use it most. I throw my little kayak in the back of my beat down pick up truck and I'm on the water in 30 minutes. Only work I have to do is a 40 pound lift. One lift out and one in. No gas to worry about or charging of batteries. I store my kayak in the basement with my little pickup. So easy. Everyone that catches me floating around the dock spinning little blue gill in talk to me and admire my little vessel. Very satisfying. Very relaxed after a day out on my little boat. I bought mine at Costco for 199. Last one in stock.

This is a great kayak! I am…

Submitted by: paddler235748 on 7/16/2014
This is a great kayak! I am 6'6" and 245lbs, so finding a kayak that fit well was a big issue for me. This kayak is very stable and easily fits my large frame. With the footpegs in the far forward position, I am very comfortable. This boat has tons of features for the price point. I really love the large dry compartment, and the small compartment in the cockpit is great for keys and cell phone (don't forget to put them in a ziplock!).

My only complaint is that the paddle is kind of lame. It is fine, but too short for me, and the blade is too soft to get a good bite in the water. I plan on upgrading very soon.

People complain about the hook for the paddle storage getting in their way. I encountered this a few times, but the fix is simple. Spin the hook 180 degrees, and it is out of the way.


I've rented this kayak and I…

Submitted by: paddler235640 on 7/2/2014
I've rented this kayak and I like it a lot! I would like to buy this model this year! It tracks better than a lot of similar cost kayaks that I've been in. Plus it has a paddle holder that you find on more expensive models. I've taken this up on rocks in shallow creeks and gotten stuck in mud and it always took a beating and was very easy to get back on track! If you are looking in this price range you won't find a better kayak for still water!

I love, love this kayak. It's…

Submitted by: jandy on 7/2/2014
I love, love this kayak. It's my first one and I can't get enough of the sport. We have two kayaks, this one and a Pungo. This one is more sturdy and sits higher in the water. It is very easy to get in and out of. Knock on wood, I have never tipped it.

The only complaint is with some paddle strokes, my ring finger hits the plastic clip for the paddle-holder bungee on the right side and that really hurts.


Just bought 2 at Costco.…

Submitted by: paddler235530 on 5/5/2014
Just bought 2 at Costco. Maiden voyage last night. The kayak tracks straight, doesn't take much effort to paddle. Very stable, got in off a dock and didn't feel tippy at all. Good to fish from as it moves through the water well and sits stable while casting.

The only complaint was with each paddle stroke, my thumb hits the plastic clip for the paddle-holder bungee on the right side. I emailed the company regarding the problem. They responded the same day, Friday. They asked for pictures and I sent them on Saturday. They responded first thing Monday morning with a solution to the issue. Great service! Other than that, love the boat.


I really like the kayak that…

Submitted by: paddler235512 on 4/21/2014
I really like the kayak that I got at Costco; handles well. But I can't get more info on parts and how to install them. Company has bad web page.

Very nice kayak, but there…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/17/2014
Very nice kayak, but there are some important considerations! First, they SERIOUSLY messed up the design in 2013+. The classic was has the front compartment and the more squarish/stable hull. Probably a corporate cost saving move.

You can still get this kayak though (the good version). What happens is that "Equinox" is a made up brand just for Costco sales (this thread is filled with Costco customers!). This is really a Future Beach kayak that you can buy at places like Dick's.

What you probably REALLY want is the Patriot 126 (10.4'). That is the old classic Costco kayak that so many of us love for it's stability, great roomy cockpit and good tracking (although, yes the foot pedals do break). Most of the individuals submitting reviews are actually doing so for this puppy...

The current 2013/2014 Costo Equinox seems to be now using the Future Beach Vector class instead of the Future Beach Patriot class which is most unfortunate.

The Patriot 144 is an intriguing option as well. Think the Patriot 124 but with two more feet in length and with better speed (only $600). Dicks should have this.

All the other future beach boats seem inferior IMO...but do your own research. Shame on Future Beach/Equinox for confusing customers over a terrific entry level boat!


I bought this kayak as a…

Submitted by: paddler235504 on 4/15/2014
I bought this kayak as a second Yak today for a family trip to the lake. I was wonderfully surprised at how easy it was to paddle and how well it tracked! I found it much easier to navigate through the water than my much bulkier 13 foot Hobie SOT.

I am 6 feet tall, and weigh in at 300 lbs. Despite the weight limit of 275, I had no problem fitting in the yak or staying high in the water. My 13 year old son jumped in and you would have thought he had been paddling for years with how easy he handled it.

For $299, you can't ask for a better kayak!


This is an excellent Kayak. I…

Submitted by: paddler235477 on 3/25/2014
This is an excellent Kayak. I have been Kayaking for years and needed a more stable boat. At this price how could I go wrong.

Pros: High Back Seat, Super Stable, Easy to use foot holders and adjustments, reasonably weight, great handle carriers, a drain plug, cup holder, water tight storage.. both are quick release not twist type, seems very sturdy, tracks very well, easy to paddle and doesn't have much resistance, reasonable bungees, doesn't tip excessively when boarding or getting out, turns and handles exceptionally.

Cons: Not really bad points but you may want to consider: The kayak is quite wide on the 'J' racks, seat is one piece molding. I couldn't grab hold of the middle of the cockpit to lift as other seats are suspended in the opening, I recommend this kayak for everyone especially anyone wanting a stable fun day in the water.


A friend and I each bought…

Submitted by: mipsmonster on 3/11/2014
A friend and I each bought one at Costco last (2013) summer, found it to be a very good beginning kayak. No carrier, but paddle included. We are in SW Washington. Took it on lakes, a nearby river (Washougal), and even crossed the Columbia River from Washington state to Oregon (Autumn, water warm and shallow, current as slow as it will ever get, warm day, easy dry-off if necessary - not reckless). I wouldn't do that during the high fast water seasons.

We've both had the same problem with seats pulling loose and front mini hatch coming loose. Doesn't exactly slice through the water, but does ok. Good value for the dollar, but I wouldn't push it too hard.


We sold our canoe and bought…

Submitted by: paddler235242 on 8/1/2013
We sold our canoe and bought 2 of the Equinox Kayaks. They are great but we have already broken all 4 plastic brackets on each end that hold the rope handles in place. Now looking for metal replacements but should not be a big deal. The kayaks are very stable and great for fishing or just paddling.

I got the bug for kayaking on…

Submitted by: paddler235165 on 7/26/2013
I got the bug for kayaking on vacation in Hawaii last year, when my husband and I rented boats and got to paddle around in the shallow for a few hours. I've actually been drawn to try the sport for a while, and last summer, I earnestly researched what I should be looking for in a beginner's recreational kayak. So when I was shopping at Costco in February this year and saw the features on the Equinox 10.4 for the price, I was sold - even though in Colorado, we have no paddle-able water in February!

Finally, our local bodies of water thawed out in May, and I headed out on Mother's Day for a few hours on Cherry Creek Reservoir. I instantly felt comfortable in my new boat and found it to be very stable and easy to maneuver. I have since taken it on several mountain lakes in both windy and calm conditions, and it's a great beginner's kayak with adjustable footrests, a huge water-resistant cargo area, top deck rigging and handy holders for gear, snacks and a water bottle. My kids have tried it and my husband has fished from it. It's comfortable and easy to paddle for hours.

At over 60 pounds, it's a little too heavy for me to lift myself, but I bought a portage cart for more independence. It's a little unwieldy for long distances from car to water, and I need my husband's help for loading it on our Durango's roof rack. Other than that, I love it and look forward to many more hours on Colorado's lakes. I hope to hit them all!


Three days before Memorial…

Submitted by: DUUJ on 7/26/2013
Three days before Memorial Day of 2012 she says, "Gee, I think I'd like a kayak too." I was amazed! She had never wanted to go to demo's, or even read about kayaks. I said, "Gee, you've picked the perfect time of year to look for a great discount on a new kayak." She said, "Hey, let's go to Costco." That's how we came to acquire what has come to be known as the "The Little Yellow Costco Kayak."

I though, "I can't imagine how she can like this little yellow 'thing' that looks like the creation of someone who fell asleep on their CAD keyboard while trying to design a cross between a plastic drift boat and jon boat"....but....she LOVES IT!

TLYCK is a lot of boat for the buck. The company that makes Equinox must have taken to heart the advice given to Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" about the future and plastics. (They make everything from storage bins to furniture.) TLYCK has a bulkhead and is unerringly stable. She happily bounces over boat wakes with her feet out of the cockpit and resting on the front deck. My over six foot frame finds it cramped and clunky, but her five foot frame finds it divine.

The seat has been a continuing problem. (The 2013 models have a new seat.) I corresponded with Melissa at Equinox, but after sending pictures, she declined to send a new seat. (With a drill and some cable ties, you can remedy the seat problem.)

I don't think she'll ever say, "Gee, I think I'd like to paddle with Freya Hoffmeister," or even, "How do I roll this thing?" But, you never know. Stranger things have happened. TLYCK and the big mango Tsunami...that's us.
You gotta love the journey.


Bought this from Costco last…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/24/2013
Bought this from Costco last season (2012). I checked out the new season yaks at Costco a week ago. The 2013's have changed a bit in style. The new one has only one compartment where I had two.

As far as the 2012 Equinox Xtreme, I love it. It's a bit hard to paddle full-on long distances meaning that you will work just a tad harder than more expensive yaks, of course. The tracking is great, and is very stable.

I paddled 16 miles on the 4th of July with ocean boats sending over 4 to 6 ft wakes my way. The Equinox tore through it all no problem - straight on, angled approach, or waves coming from behind had nothing on this boat. The storage is awesome! I am a daytripper but I still pack a camera bag, 5 gallon dry sac, folding full body lawn chair, lunchbox, tent, and a six pack every time I go.

Price is right can't go wrong. Don't worry that people say it's good bc it's cheap, It's a good boat that just happens to be inexpensive!


I purchased one of these…

Submitted by: paddler234991 on 5/7/2013
I purchased one of these 10.4's. love it. I'm retired and needed an upper body lo/no impact exerciser. It met all of my expectations. Only problem was the seat. The two plugs that they used to hold the center of the seat back in place pulled thru the seat material. Costco made it right (replaced kayak!). The fix is a piece of plastic strip. This gives a bigger attachment footprint. No more problems. Have great Kayak days ahead

This is a BIG one person…

Submitted by: paddler234974 on 4/29/2013
This is a BIG one person kayak. I purchased this for the lazy river kayaking that I do and found that I am a bit swamped in the cockpit. There's enough room for both myself and my dog (a doberman), or it will be perfect for a larger man. It tracks well in the water and has a flatter bottom so it is less likely to drag in the shallows. The only down side is that the front can holder/container never fit right and had to be hot glued to stay in. An easy fix but still annoying when it's brand new. Up side - A great deal at $299.

I live in N.W. Oregon and…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/8/2013
I live in N.W. Oregon and decided I wanted a kayak for retirement exercise and adventure. I wanted to build a wood kit boat but took my wife's advice and bought at Costco (no waiting / no work). I love the stability and the tracking this boat has after trying three other brands. Only negative is the foot peg brackets broke soon so I designed and built two new stainless steel brackets and installed.

We just bought our 2nd one so…

Submitted by: paddler234905 on 3/4/2013
We just bought our 2nd one so that hubby could have one of his own. I got mine last year and love it. I'm 4' 10" and can handle get into and out of my Chevy Astro van and to and from the boat ramp on my own. I don't drag it - I pivot it around and it's ends and that works fine for me. I can't hoist to the roof racks but I don't need to if it's just me going. Now that we have two of them we'll buy the j-racks for our van's top rack and hubby (who is 6'1") can hoist them up and get them down. I know mine was $349 last year, and this year we just paid $299. They don't have the straps and blocks this time but we never used them anyway. And I had absolutely zero problems with my seat and paddle last year.

Just bought two of these at…

Submitted by: paddler234904 on 2/28/2013
Just bought two of these at Costco. They're great rec boats for the price! Quite fun! The design and configuration is a little different than pictured here on paddling.com, check the equinox website for current info. Price here in AZ was $299 including paddle (no included roof blocks/straps as it seems were previously part of the package).

For the price, including…

Submitted by: paddler234646 on 7/9/2012
For the price, including paddle and carrier, can't be beat. I bought it last year and have used it several times on Long Island Sound. As long as it's not too windy, it's great. Took it out at night and paddled along City Island - beautiful experience. It tracks nicely and is very stable.

Only problem - it weighs a ton! Well, not a ton, but it's heavy. It's hard to lift by myself, although I can do it. So, if weight is not a problem, I recommend it. But if you're not too strong and will be single handing it on top of a car or onto a yacht, a lighter kayak might be better.


The kayak itself is very…

Submitted by: paddler234578 on 6/8/2012
The kayak itself is very stable and sturdy, however the seat shrinks and curls from heat/sun exposure and the manufacturer refuses to replace it, so plan to spend another $50 to $100 for a replacement seat. My seat is attached to the kayak with rivets/screws so it is not easily removable, and the shrinkage caused the seat to pull up the rivets and detach itself from the kayak.

Nice kayak...for the price.…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/1/2012
Nice kayak...for the price. The hardware is pretty low-grade - had to replace all the j-hooks and external hardware. The seats are poor - seat backs come off easily and can't be replaced - had to attached them with cable ties. The price is right, and the kayak works and tracks well, but don't think you're getting a $600 Kayak for $350. You're getting a $350 kayak.

Bought this Kayak at Costco…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/4/2012
Bought this Kayak at Costco and absolutely love it. For a first kayak it is the perfect boat for me to hit the water in a short amount of time. It is super stable and tracks well. It is an awesome entry into water-sporting for a small investment.

Good hull with junk for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/24/2012
Good hull with junk for fittings. Nylon/plastic fittings break easily, cords stretch, and seat backs detach and can't be re-attached. The boat is an "almost" - almost ready for prime time, but not quite. The hatches also all leak, even though they are sold as waterproof. Very disappointing to see Costco sell this before it's really ready to be sold, in my opinion.

I have two of these kayaks.…

Submitted by: paddler234110 on 9/28/2011
I have two of these kayaks. They track great and come ready to go with a roof rack (cheap and cheesy, but it works) and a paddle. I would have given it a 10 for value, but when one of my paddles broke at the base of the blade while paddling in fairly calm river conditions, I was left without a paddle. It broke well within the warranty period, and the customer service rep kept asking me for more pics, detailed summary, the original Costco receipt and finally asked for my address. Two weeks later not a word. When I contacted them for a status they sent me an order form for a new paddle with $24.95 for shipping.

Bottom line it's a good boat, I don't know that they would stand behind it if you have any problems, but definitely figure on having to buy a new paddle, you'll need one.


Purchased this little kayak…

Submitted by: paddler234251 on 8/26/2011
Purchased this little kayak at Costco. It is my first and excellent for the price. It is heavy at 50 lbs but fortunately I live on the water and don't have to heave it too far to launch. The fasteners for the knee supports and seat keep coming off. The seat has zero back support so I have to carry a small cushion. Otherwise I am very happy using it to paddle around my inlet off the Chester River; it is very stable and while not fast, I am in no hurry. It would be fabulous if they offered an optional cover for the main compartment. Storing it upside down prevents rain accumulation but not spiders! I would recommend this highly for the first time kayaker.

Purchased two this June. My…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/29/2011
Purchased two this June. My family spent a week navigating the same 10 miles of a river that had about 20 rapids. The Kayaks would eventually fill and require bailing. I am going to buy skirts to prevent that in the future. Small waves, maybe one foot high will slosh over the bow and flood into the compartment.

Tracks straight but are heavy to carry around. Real tough material. One kayak has a mis-installed foam watertight barrier that deflects the bottom of the kayak and also allows water into the rear compartment. Since it's now August, Costco is selling Christmas stuff and these kayaks are gone. I'll have to remove and replace it myself, don't want to wait until next year to see if they get some in for a trade.


I just picked the Equinox…

Submitted by: paddler234139 on 7/14/2011
I just picked the Equinox 10.4 up at Costco and I am very impressed! It truly combines the features of a touring boat with that of a rec boat. The storage space works great and I love the front storage, once you are on the water, you can not reach the rear hatch. It is one of the most stable boats I have been in, yet doesn't sacrifice speed. I found it very comfortable for my trip. (I'm 5'11" and 200 lbs) The only uncomfortableness I felt was from paddling with gators here in Florida for the first time in the everglades!

The only cons: a little heavy but cant complain with that due to the type of boat. I found it difficult to adjust the foot rests once on the water. The lever is actually elongated to allow you to reach it, but it is very slippery when your hands/the lever is wet. I couldn't pull it towards me while it was wet. Also, the cup holder is quite small in diameter. Those are very trivial concerns.

I tried to buy another but Costco was sold out. After looking, I found out that this is the same boat as those manufactured by "Future Beach". But a heck of a better deal at Costco.


At the store, I noticed all…

Submitted by: paddler234116 on 7/8/2011
At the store, I noticed all the Equinox 10.4's had big bulges across the entire bottom caused by a too-large foam bulkhead, badly distorting the concave hull. I purchased anyway, this being my first kayak, because it was such a good deal and hoped the flaw wouldn't matter. My first trip out was 16 miles with a group of 30 paddlers, and I clearly was working harder than everyone to keep up. Afterwards, I removed the foam bulkhead and the boat resumed the concave shape as it was originally extruded, except with some minor deviation still where the seat was attached.

I added a set of kayak inflatable pillows for inside the bow and stern (a good idea anyway) and upgraded the paddle because the one you get with the boat has only a single rivet holding each end (didn't want to be up the creek without a paddle!). With the foam bulkhead removed, there is noticeably less resistance and is easier to paddle, and faster. The car carrying kit that was also included with the boat would have cost only about $35, so with buying another paddle, the original package deal on the boat wasn't quite as good as expected, and I'd invest in a better boat to start if could do over. But this is only because I'd like a faster boat to keep up on long rides. If not for that, this is an excellent boat to do about anything and everything else. In comparison, it does have good storage and good fitting lids, a comfortable, upgraded seat, upgraded leg pads, easily adjustable foot rests, and very good stability.


I have two of these kayaks,…

Submitted by: paddler234110 on 7/6/2011
I have two of these kayaks, and I couldn't be happier with them. They are a great value. Many used kayaks sell for more than these ones cost new. I'm no kayak expert, but I will be soon. I've already got over 35 miles on them and so far I have no complaints. My wife and kid would like it if they were a little lighter for when they go with out me, but for the money you can't beat these boats.

Picked up 2 of these from…

Submitted by: paddler234064 on 6/15/2011
Picked up 2 of these from Costco and appears the reviews should go here. We've put them in rivers, lakes and estuaries around here and they've served very well.

Pros - more boat strength and features versus similar priced plastic ones. Sturdy, stable, track well, good balance.

Cons - slight leak in one bulkhead solved with some silicone. Footrest can jam too far back requiring quick fix.
I purchased better paddles but included ones okay.

Also own Necky Tofino for ocean waters.
May upgrade singles boats in future but will always keep these for simple easy fun.


I liked this Kayak so much, I…

Submitted by: paddler233920 on 3/21/2011
I liked this Kayak so much, I decided to buy four. Should make for some good double dates!

We recently purchased two of…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/6/2010
We recently purchased two of these Kayaks from Costco. So far we love them! We just got back from a vacation to Lake Tahoe, CA. The water was a bit choppy and cool, the boats handled it all with no problems, got a few good sized wakes, took them head on and not a drop of water over the bow. They track straight and we were surprised at how far and fast we went with not much effort. I agree they seem a bit heavy, we had to carry them quite a distance. We do plan on buying some wheels for them. We did a lot of shopping for a Kayak and found that the Costco Equinox was a pretty good deal with the paddles and cartop carrier.

Only problem I have so far is the thigh braces. I am 5'2" with short legs. With my feet on the pegs there is no way my legs can even touch the pads (even with adjustments).


Great kayak, I've done over…

Submitted by: paddler233659 on 6/22/2010
Great kayak, I've done over 34 miles in this kayak my only complaint is the seat is terrible on the back, not enough cushion...

I'm new to kayaking and when…

Submitted by: paddler233538 on 4/13/2010
I'm new to kayaking and when I looked around extensively to find an inexpensive boat with good features the Equinox 124 from Costco won hands down. Great storage, real good paddle for a throw in. most comfortable seat in this price range. paid $320. knee/thigh pads make for a truly comfortable ride. had it for a few weeks now and take it almost daily from my lagoon to barnegat bay outside lbi in NJ.

While it isn't lightning fast it tracks straight forever and is super stable. the adjustable foot rests are a nice addition for a starter kayak as is the adjustable comfy seat. I feel comfortable on the bay in the chop because the boat is stable as anything. one issue so far though - bolt holding in foot rest from outside was loose and was leaking water. tightened it and is now ok. no biggie.

All in all I love this kayak and for the money u just cant do better. i was thinking of getting a two person to take my 6 yr old daughter out with me but she fits perfectly in this with me because of the accommodating cockpit. all i can say is i think all day at work about gettin home to my kayak for a nice relaxing paddle to the bay.


This is my first kayak. I am…

Submitted by: paddler233259 on 7/26/2009
This is my first kayak. I am very happy with it. My only complaint is that it is heavy at 50lbs. But it is a lot of fun and I have taken it on the American River and several area lakes. It is easy to paddle and tracks easily.

I bought this kayak at Costco…

Submitted by: shortmarie on 7/2/2009
I bought this kayak at Costco and liked it so much I bought a 2nd Future Beach Trophy 126. I kayak with my grand daughter and being a 58 yr old women, find it easy to control. I love the easy way it handles in the water and seems to have a lot of features of more expensive kayaks.

This is the Equinox 124 sold…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/26/2009
This is the Equinox 124 sold by Costco. I think this is actually made by Future Beach, so I am posting this here. This kayak is a 10'4" version of the Future Beach Trophy 126, but without the fishing gear. It comes with a Future Beach paddle and a car top carrier setup which is a couple of foam blocks and some tie downs. I got mine for $330.

This was my first kayak and I thought it was a great deal. I found myself doing several miles a day and not getting too tired once I got used to it. It is rock stable and tracks like it is on rails! I find this is perfect for sneaking up on wild life since as soon as I see a heron or a beaver I can freeze and the kayak will continue on its course without veering into the bank to turning away. Slowing to a crawl the kayak will just keep drifting and not startle the animal until I am almost on top of it. I can see why this would be a desirable kayak for fishing.

My only complaints are that at 50 lbs, it is a little on the heavy side for a 10 foot kayak. It is a bit slower than my other kayak, a Rhythm 11, and the quality of construction is not so good. I don't think there are any major flaws, but the first one I bought dropped the bulkhead for the rear compartment. It had so little glue on it, that it actually just fell out of place! Rather than to mess with fixing it, I took it back to Costco and got another. That one had a better glue job on the bulkhead, but the first time I put it in the water, I found one of the bolts holding the knee pad had fallen off! Fortunately the special nut was found inside the boat and I can put it back in easily. But clearly, the low cost (and likely profit margin) is showing in the quality. Still, these are rather minor things in the real world and I enjoy this as a second kayak.

I am 6'1" and 210 lbs so that I find my toes are a bit cramped. The dry compartment in the front takes some space from the foot area. Still, I can spend three or four hours in this kayak and enjoy the trip. The seat is mostly responsible for this. It is pretty dense, thick foam rubber and is pretty comfortable.