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  • 16' 4" Length
  • 22.5" Width
  • $1,685.99 MSRP

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(4 Consumer Reviews)

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I'm a 5'4", 135 lb...

I'm a 5'4", 135 lb paddler, I bough an Epsilon 100 Kevlar about 8 years ago. This is a great boat and I have paddled in a variety of conditions from Nova Scotia to Lake Ontario. I was very happy with the performance of the boat (and I still am), and had hoped to keep it for many years to come.

However, a few days ago I discovered a few small cracks on two spots of the transparent gel coat of the hull around where the car rack straps fit on the boat. To my alarm, I noticed that the fabric around large areas around the cracks is discolored, as sign of water penetration and delamination of the layers. I went on line and have read that this is not uncommon for kevlar boats. I have to get it to a repair shop and see whether they can do something about this (at at what cost).

My advice is, this is a great boat and I recommended, but if you buy it don't go for kevlar, it is not as robust as they make it out to be.

Love, love the comfort of...

Love, love the comfort of this boat; excellent tracking and very responsive handling. A bit weighty but, that's plastic. Former kayak had primary stability only, so this is a very welcome change.

Now for the CONS > the screw/bolts weren't tightened or properly sealed and the hatches leaked, one hatch quite a bit. Boreal has not responded to our complaint, even after THEY solicited our comments after the purchase. That's beyond poor. Do they think they are the only company out there to buy from?

There will be future boat purchases. From them? Maybe not.

I had been planning to...

I had been planning to purchase an Epsilon 100 for my second kayak this year as I had rented them in several different places and loved them. I am a very small woman and this was a great fit for me. It was the most superior kayak I had tried so far at the time. I own a Delta 14.5 thermoform and LOVE it but it was time for something more challenging. Then I read that Boreal has gone bankrupt and the only way to get them is what stock is available in the retail market now. Bummer. There would also be the problem of warranty issues.

When I heard that Boreal...

When I heard that Boreal was introducing a new kayak line, made in three different sizes, I was thrilled. I have been trying to find a kayak that would fit my small frame and even shorter arms. All the kayaks I had tried left me with too much of my torso under the deck, and making it hard to get a good full paddle swing, without hitting my elbows on the sides. I was contacted when they came in, and immediately fell in love. With my first launch, I knew I had made a wise decision. I purchased the composite in orange/rouge fade. Both light and strong, this finish is beautiful to the eye. It almost paddles itself as it glides through the water. I have taken this out in extremely rough conditions and calm. It is very responsive, turns on a dime and is also very stable. I was able to maneuver it easily through waves and spray. For me, entry and exit are easy and fast. The storage is large enough for a weekend away, and the hatch covers are tight and dry.
Overall, I am very pleased with this kayak, and happy to be able to go anywhere, in any conditions. The fit and finish is the best I have seen.