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Sitka LT Description

The Sitka LT is a lightweight, high performing day touring kayak designed to fit the medium- to large-frame paddler. This fully outfitted seaworthy kayak has perimeter lines, bulkheads and hatches, a 6 inch forward day hatch for easy access of small items, retractable handles, deck bungees and an upgraded ergonomic Infinity Seat System with backrest (standard) or backband (optional).

Sitka LT Specs and Features

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

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Sitka LT Reviews

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I first bought an Eddyline…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 10/17/2022

I first bought an Eddyline Skylark as an upgrade to my 9' rec boat for participation in kayak/run/bike triathlons. The skylark is a fantastic boat, and now my wife's ride, but it didnt quite get me the speed I needed, so I rented a Sitka LT for a race, and while it didnt keep up with surf-skis or sea-kayaks, it left everything else behind, and I'm not that strong of a paddler. I have now owned it for 3 years, and love it more than ever, as I do more paddling on larger lakes, where the glide helps me enjoy more distance for a given effort, and it cuts through waves really well. I like the fact it is still short and maneuverable enough to take on the small rivers here in SW Ohio, but can also cover distance on the lakes without taking forever. As much as I would love to race a Fathom, I really think the Sitka LT is best for all-around use. at 47 pounds, I can still lift it onto my Outback even after a long paddle. The skeg has been fantastic when out on the lakes in the wind, or even trying to keep it straight in winding rivers. I often deploy the skeg incrementally, until I get just the right feel. FYI: I am 6'1" and 165 lbs.


I've owned and used this…

Submitted by: paddler1622574 on 3/10/2022

I've owned and used this kayak for one full season. It replaced my trusty old WS 145, which is the same length but heavier, somewhat more stable but also more plodding. The Sitka is elegant, quite fast, light and maneuverable, keeping pace with longer kayaks. It tracks reasonably well, but does best with assistance from its skeg in any wind, wave or current action. It edges well and feels playful. While paddling the Sitka is a joy, there is some compromise in primary stability, where it is prone to feel tippy in any cross waves and upon exit. Entry is best accomplished by straddling, but I'm still working on a graceful way to exit it. I am glad to own it and look forward to season 2.


I have a Sitka LT as well as…

Submitted by: BGPhillips on 3/1/2022

I have a Sitka LT as well as a Delta 14; both are very comparable boats, so if you are considering a Sitka Lt, then the Delta 14 is probably one you should also look at. Dimensions are very similar between the two. Although the cockpit on the Eddyline is bigger according to the spec sheets, it actually feels more snug to me than the Delta's. Both have adjustability fore/aft in the seat position. Delta has a pull cord that allows you to easily adjust the back while in the boat. Both seats are as comfortable as a kayak seat can be for extended paddling sessions. Sitka LT is 6" longer. Note that Eddyline had 3 Sitkas, so you'll want to choose according to your body size. My wife, who is about 5ft. 4" has a Sitka ST, which is the smallest of the 3. I'm 5'11" and about 200 lbs. and her cockpit is too small for me to allow any bend in my legs. The LT is just right for me. The Sitka LT seems more maneuverable than the Delta... until you use the rudder that comes on the Delta; that will allow you to turn on a dime or even to make micro adjustments while you are paddling. The Sitka has a skeg rather than a rudder. I like having the two boats so I can have a choice. Sitka ST (small) does not have a day hatch, while the LT and XT do. The Eddyline day hatch is pretty small, however; big enough for a sandwich and a cell phone. Delta day hatch will allow me to fit a full frame DSLR Canon 5D with a 24-105 lens into it or a large water bottle. The other hatches also seem to be a bit larger on the Delta, but I don't do any loaded touring, so that's not an issue for me. As far as speed goes, I can't say that one boat is faster than the other. Both boats have a width of 23.5" so they are evenly matched there. The Delta is 2 pounds lighter, but that's not a difference I can feel when loading/unloading from the roof of the car. You can't go wrong with either brand; fit and finish are great on both.


I have owned this reasonably…

Submitted by: OldSchool on 8/31/2020
I have owned this reasonably priced boat for 18 months. Plus: It is maneuverable, accelerates quickly, edges well, and weighs exactly 47 pounds (yes, I weighed it on a digital scale). Fit and finish are very good. Deck lines are plentiful and well thought out. Skeg adjustment is easy and accessible. Hatch compartments are large enough for a week if packed intelligently. The day hatch is located within easy reach of the paddler. Lots of leg and foot room, solid foot pegs. Seat is very roomy. Cockpit is large and accepts a Seals 1.7 sprayskirt. Minus: May be an easy boat to outgrow for single boat aggressive paddlers. The wide beam (23.5") is not as stable as advanced narrower ocean designs in rough crosswinds, currents, and large waves. Definitely needs skeg in moderate crosswinds. The fore and aft decks are high for my taste. Rolls ok, but nothing special. Not enjoyable for skulling. The hatches aren't robust, feel loose and always must be checked. There is no pleasant snapping sound when closing. Summary: For the money it is an enjoyable boat for beginning/intermediate paddlers, or excellent as an additional boat for advanced paddlers to be used for some light touring and/or where one would not wish to take risks with an expensive/fragile carbon/composite boat. Some bling factor and comfortable. I am 6', 168 pounds, 33" waist. The seat is too roomy for me.. I needed a lot of hip padding. Recommend buying the back band in place of the back rest. Best for inland waters in mild/moderate rough water and crosswinds. I bought it as an additional boat to my carbon Zegul Greenland T and glad that I did.

I purchased Sitka Lt and have…

Submitted by: Stephen1 on 7/30/2020
I purchased Sitka Lt and have been paddling it at least 3x's a week for two months now . I've paddled large and small lakes, little creeks, the Hudson river, ocean bays in varying conditions. I've been paddling for over 30years and consider myself a strong intermediate paddler. I'm a 5'11" 210lb male with size 11 shoe . I've owned quite a few boats throughout the years last one being a Tiderace xcite. Tiderace is an excellent boat for last 7 years but I've always felt a bit cramped in the low deck and foot peg area . Was on my way to buying another British boat called the Gemini st but after demo decided it wasn't for me. Tried the Sitka and felt very comfortable straight away. Plenty of room, good primary stability and the secondary stability seems quite good as well. Boat is very light and easy to get on and off Subaru forester. Sitka is under 15' and very easy to maneuver but also keeps pace and tracks well with longer kayaks. Very happy with the boat so far.

It has been a year now and…

Submitted by: Waterlily on 5/22/2020
It has been a year now and many miles of paddling. Love this boat. Perfect for the M/L paddler looking for one boat to do it all ." expecially Ocean Bays, bigger lakes and the friskier rivers in class 1-2 rapids. Fits well, great to manuever and fast. The build and finish are gorgeous.

I am a long time kayaker…

Submitted by: paddler780274 on 5/22/2020
I am a long time kayaker whose previous boat was an NC Kayaks 17 ft fiberglass touring. I loved that boat. But over time I began to long for a shorter boat with more manueverability. For a number of years, I looked seriously at the Fathom LV, but when I sat in it, it seemed tight and I was not sure it was meant for my size, 5'11", 180lb. So when the Sitka LT was introduced, I saw the "Goldilocks" boat for me. It is a breeze to load and unload, solo, on the roof of the Outback. It is light enough to carry to the water from the parking lot, though I do use a rolling cradle. On the water, it is extremely stable, and once moving develops a speed that matches my previous 17 ft touring. The skeg it easy to operate, and provides flexibility when switching from following tidal channels, to straight tracking in open water. The cockpit is fitted with a most comfortable seat and adjustable foot rests. Long paddle days are no problem when it comes to comfort. Carrying handles are ergonomic and tuck away nicely when not in use. The hatch covers come off and go back on securely, with no leaking. The storage capacity is as much as I can ever imagine using, and the small storage area in front of the cockpit is very handy for small items. All the lines are tight and snappy to hold deck items in any of a number of locations.

Looked at at all the 13-15'…

Submitted by: Waterlily on 7/8/2019

Looked at at all the 13-15' Thermoform plastic, lightweight kayaks I could find to demo-- Delta, Current Designs Vision, Hurricane Sojourn,etc. I ordered the Sitka LT, 14'6" , 23.5" wide, which I could not find anywhere within driving distance of my home to even sit in, let alone demo. I was looking to keep it under 14.5'; less than 50 lbs.

My state, NJ, has a lot of shore line. Ocean bays are on the list of trips, plus estuarial rivers, interior rivers ,medium and small lakes. I am not a true "sea kayaker," but I like to take a "nature hike" on the water and mix it up with different venues. The closest boat to this one that I demoed was Delta 14, which I paddled against the boats an outfitter provided many times for me-- Old Town Castine 140 and 135 and various Wilderness Tsunamis.

I was looking for a boat to paddle consistently for skill building as the outfitter boats with higher decks and wider widths were not a good fit with my shorter arms and desire to improve. Did I develop that "high angle" paddling style for power? No! My short arms made it a necessity!

Approaching the boat like the Delta, I landed in the water first time I tried to sit in my Sitka LT. I laughed at myself then-- my "don't take it too seriously" approach to all kayak faux pas. I have to straddle and sit right down in the seat then tuck in legs due to "tippy" initial stability and sitting on the rear deck to slide in definitely does not work. Secondary stability of the shallow V shaped hull, however, is excellent. Edging; doing J leans and bracing; turning this kayak is a pleasure. It is faster, more nimble than Delta 14 and it has an easy sliding skeg that I prefer to a rudder. The boat tr t is a good, comfortable fit for an M/L person like me. Sitka XT (formerly Denali meant for the big and tall at 200 lb +) is too big overall. The Sitka LT (formerly Samba) is too small, lower deck and meant for someone around 130 lb or under. So "Goldilocks just right" Sitka LT for me. The deck height is 1/2" higher than Delta 14 and the keyhole cockpit is 1/2" wider and 1.2" longer than Delta but the shape is really the thing-- the long key part of the keyhole just works so I can pull my legs up for a "break" if I need it. Hip pads are on the sides of the seat and the thigh pads on the interior are not adjustable, but the seat adjustment takes care of that. (I plan to add some foam padding to the thigh pads, but in the same place.) There are no leg lifters because the very well made, padded seat angles up a bit, naturally giving thighs a boost.

I need to move the seat forward a little, but it looks to 5 6" me that there is plenty of length for a 6' or taller person to get a good fit. The cockpit shape is excellent for going straight or bracing for edges. The foot pads are a decent size and the adjustment mechanism is durable. Day touring is what I do most, but there is enough storage in the front and rear hatches to support a weekend or even a week long trip. Capacity is 350 lbs. My C tug cart with the larger diameter sand wheels; breaks down to fit inside the rear hatch with lots of room for more gear. The day hatch is handy right in front of the paddler about 6" wide 4" deep. As an Apple Watch (waterproof with it's own cellular) wearer, I do not keep my phone handy but others might like it for keys; phone. I use it for snacks and sun block. All hatches have stayed dry.

Claimed weight on the websites, including REI's, is 49 lbs; but the manufacturer's tag and their rep's demo videos say 47 lbs, which seems right to me when I lift it. Delta 14 claims 43 lbs but that does not include the necessary 4 lb rudder making these 2 boats the same weight. Delta 14 was my second favorite boat, and it holds a ridiculous amount of cargo, but is not as fast; has a more restrictive cockpit.

This is the most fun and fastest (under 16') kayak I have paddled to date! Bonus is "red pearl" with metallics in the paint, currently the only "pearl" color from Eddyline. When they loaded my car, the REI guys almost drooled over the "candy apple car paint" color. Build is beautiful; high quality, outfitting. Performance exceeds my expectations.


The Eddyline Sitka LT is the…

Submitted by: paddler468808 on 9/18/2018

The Eddyline Sitka LT is the all new mid-size kayak introduced as part of the Sitka family. It accompanies the smaller Sitka ST (formerly known as Samba) and the larger Sitka XT (formerly known as Denali).

I purchased this boat with the intention of taking it out to large rivers and lakes in Oregon. At the same time, I wanted a sea-worthy boat that could be paddled in Puget Sound. The Sitka LT has not disappointed me yet!

If you're accustomed to wider boats such as I was, the Sitka LT will feel a bit "tippy" at first. But don't let that put you off as like with any new boat, you have to take some time to learn how it responds to you on the water. In my case, I felt completely at home on the Sitka LT after just a few hours of paddling. The chines while on edge feel very...defined. Like it's either "on or off". I'm not an advanced paddler but I have found that with some mild edging, the boat has an excellent turning radius. I have no problems maneuvering around and weaving through trees in the Tualatin River. This also feels like a fast boat for its category. Compared to other thermoformed and rotomolded kayaks I have recently paddled, this boat glides effortlessly through the water and can be brought up to speed with ease. You'll really just need to demo one to know what I'm talking about.

Tracking of this boat is also great. Point where you want to go and you're going there! I have also paddled through windy conditions where I found the adjustable skeg to be a useful component. Speaking of the skeg, I love how Eddyline incorporates their skeg control. It's a metal rod with a plastic nob sitting inside a recessed rectangle to your side. Sliding it all the way back fully deploys the skeg. Sliding it partially down allows you to feather the skeg.

The Sitka LT incorporates a day hatch located at the front of the cockpit. It's a bit small compared to a Delta front day hatch but it's more than enough space for my keys, wallet, phone, couple granola bars, and still with some room to spare for small items. I don't think if this was intentional or not, but the day hatch has a flat smooth surface with no logo on it. This makes it the perfect spot for a GoPro suction cup mount. I can even swivel the camera by rotating the day hatch left and right. Really love that because without it, I would have to figure out a new way to mount a camera while keeping it level.


It is excellent. It is…

Submitted by: paddler463255 on 8/24/2018

It is excellent. It is sturdy but fast. I love it.