The Sojourn 135 is a day touring kayak for the masses that offers high initial stability pared with excellent speed and agility. At 13 feet 5 inches long, this Sojourn is long enough to hold its own against most kayaks you'll encounter on the water and short enough to easily hang on the garage wall. It's also super comfy thanks to its Airestream seat system and adjustable thigh braces and has enough fore and aft storage to make overnight trips a breeze. Best of all, the Sojourn 135 weighs in at a svelte 45 lbs and that's a characteristic newbies and experienced paddlers alike will appreciate when it's time to load this bad boy on the car.
Available Rudder Ready ($1,449) or With Rudder ($1,699)
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I have had this kayak for about 10 months. I waited to write this review until I had paddled it in nearly every condition. I have paddled it on flat water in ponds, lakes and rivers. I have also paddled in some rather nasty weather with winds 25 -30 miles an hours and waves ranging from 1 foot to 2 1/2 feet. Initial stability: 4 out of 5
Secondary stability: 5, excellent. The boat edges extremely well and can make tight turns when leaning.
Pros: This boat shines in rough water. It cuts through the waves and just seems to float over them when headed directly at them. Due to my direction of travel I took paddled for 2 miles taking 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 foot waves broadside and the boat felt stable. Never felt like I might tip over. It has plenty of storage for a day trip or more. Kayak is fast enough to keep up with most others. The seat is adjustable and very comfortable, however, not good for rolling...see cons.
Cons: The boat weathercocks with a quartering toward wind. Even a slight wind. This is the main reason for not giving it 5 stars. I would have given a 4 1/2 if I could. The other thing you need to know is the boat is difficult to roll, but it is so stable you will probably never need to. If you are a person who just needs to roll your boat, you will find that the seat back sticks up above the deck on the lowest setting.
Summary: Overall a very solid boat that is stable and quite fast, turns on a dime. This will make a good all around kayak, suitable for rivers, rock gardens, ponds, lakes, coastal touring.
Excellent kayak! I've used it on flat lakes thus far. Easy to maneuver, paddles well, comfortable, lightweight, easy to transport, One recommendation I would make would be to reinforce the areas around the cockpit that sometimes flex when entering and exiting. I've done much research on various manufacturers and kayaks. Hurricane, and the Sojourn 135 meet my needs perfectly!
This is based on a brief 30 minute demo:
Good seat; high deck allows more knee bend. This helped relieve my chronic lower back pain.
Easy to turn.
I'll probably choose between this and the Delta 12.10.
I’ve owned 7 thermoformed kayaks from 5 different manufacturers. The Sojourn 135 is the keeper. Along with the Deltas, it is the most stable kayak I’ve ever paddled due to the large volume in the bow and stern which gives it buoyancy in waves. The hull shape and stability are very similar to Delta’s and the opposite of Eddyline’s very low bow and stern. This translates to a safe, dry ride even for less skilled paddlers as the kayak naturally wants to remain upright in side waves and wind. Despite its stability, the Sojourn 135 has very reasonable speed and excellent maneuverability, making lean turns in a small radius. Tracking is perfect and no rudder is needed. This kayak is suitable for everything from twisting and turning marshes to large lakes and protected coastal waters. (It’s not suitable for white water, but that’s true of all thermoformed kayaks, and you do need to be careful with all thermoformed kayaks in very cold air and water temperatures.)
This is a great touring kayak. The large volume in the bow and stern makes for easy packing. I can even bring a Helinox cot, chair, and table––camping comfort doesn’t get any better.
The seat is quite good with real thigh support and a stable seat back that adjusts easily up and down. For me the padding is a bit hard and I added a cushion under the seat cover, which can be lifted up at the front.
The one drawback of the Sojourn is that the bottom is a bit thin, which accounts for its lower price compared to its competitors, the Eddyline Equinox ($500 more) and the Delta 14 ($700 more). But the Sojourn 135 has better stability and speed than the Eddyline and a more comfortable cockpit than the Delta. Its beauty is on par with both. For the first time, Hurricane is offering a well-designed product that has advantages over the thermoformed competition. With the Sojourn series it becomes hard to justify the higher price of the competitors. And the Sojourn is only a couple hundred dollars more than a rotomolded kayak, but weighs 10 lbs less.
Hurricane’s customer service is top notch. They are very responsive to questions and problems.
I gave up a 15.5’ thermoformed kayak for the shorter, lighter Sojourn and have been very happy with that exchange. I lost nothing in speed and gained a tremendous amount of stability, maneuverability, much more volume for camping gear, more comfort, and easier loading and storage.
ACTUAL MEASURED SPECS Depth, floor to underside of coaming, at front of cockpit: 13” Cockpit, internal dimensions: 16.5 x 34 (dimensions at website are external) Weight: 43 lbs on my scale; 45 lbs published"
It is most excellent! Comfortable seat and cockpit. Excellent chine and arch. Excellent thigh braces and foot braces. Easy to maneuver. Two spacious, water tight hatches for storage. At 45 lbs, easy to transport.
Like I said earlier I have paddled a lot of boats. Not because I am sponsored or an expert, but because I have always gone out with other people and used their gear, as well as doing demos.
I recently graduated college and decided on purchasing my own. I went to Adventure Kayak's in Southport, NC and tested a few kayaks. Well, when I paddled the Sojourn 135, I simply fell in love.
I would definitely recommend this boat. So much that I bought my mom the Sojourn 125!