We're novice paddlers, retired and live in northwest Florida. We…
We're novice paddlers, retired and live in northwest Florida. We had sit on top kayaks which were fine, but decided to try sit inside kayaks. One of our main considerations was weight. We originally purchased two Wilderness System Tsunami's 135/140. They were very comfortable, but a bit heavy. Then we decided on the Eddyline's Skylark/Rio. Both are about the same length, very light, paddle easily and track well.
My only complaint was the seat; the Tsunami seats are exceptionally comfortable. I called customer service at Eddyline to determine seat options; very limited, none with adequate back support. However, they did explain I could remove the stock seat and relocate it and/or possibly replace it. There are six rivets holding the seat on each side with a small amount of epoxy holding the seat to the hull. After removing the rivets I was able to apply a prying pressure by hand and the seat broke loose. I moved it back approximately one inch, drilled three new holes in the support brace in the hull sides and secured it in place with nuts/bolts. I then ordered a seat insert which provides better back support.
Although I'm pleased with the overall quality and handling, the seat is disappointing. Possibly Eddyline will improve on their seats in the future. Frankly I would have been just as well off with the Tsunami which is much less costly, a bit heavier but with an exceptionally comfortable adjustable seat! Sadly it's difficult to know how a kayak will suit you until you've paddled it for several hours; this is not possible unless you find a rental kayak which you are interested in buying.
In conclusion, if back support and comfort is a factor in selecting a kayak, look at sit on tops or a Tsunami. Of course, our age is also a factor.
Wonderful option for flat water kayak. Great ride, handling and stability…
Wonderful option for flat water kayak. Great ride, handling and stability. Best of all, light weight. Just over 40 lbs lets me load on roof rack with ease.
Awesome kayak! Bought Eddyline Skylark @demo sale last weekend. Needed lightweight rec…
Awesome kayak! Bought Eddyline Skylark @demo sale last weekend. Needed lightweight rec kayak due to knee prob. Am athletic yet kayak novice; this vessel makes me look and feel like a pro! Love everything about it. Can transport easily.
For our Central Oregon lakes and small rivers this is THE boat…
For our Central Oregon lakes and small rivers this is THE boat. We own several Eddylines and this is the "go-to" boat to introduce newbes to kayaking, or for us to just explore or day-trip. It's light, stable, comfortable, straight tracking but maneuverable, and confidence-inspiring (I think the word "seaworthy" is appropriate). Large enough to store a few clothes and food, small enough to carry on a compact car and fit in any garage. The thermoformed material is durable and construction quality is second to none. I'll give it a rating of 10 even though it doesn't have a dedicated cupholder (whine, whine).
It is the summer of 2015 and I just bought a brand…
It is the summer of 2015 and I just bought a brand new Eddyline Skylark as a birthday present for myself. I had test paddled one along with a bunch of other boats a couple of years ago and liked it a lot. We paddle flat water rivers, lakes, ponds, tidal marshes and tidal rivers.
One of the main features I love about the boat is foot room. I hate being jammed in and it has a bumped up forward section that gives more foot room then any boat I have tried. It also has a great quality of both tracking well and turning easily. It also looks great.
Down sides are first, the seat. The bottom is ok but the back is bad and uncomfortable. It needs some redesign but I can modify that myself. My wifes Hurricane Santee (a direct competitor) has a much better seat. Also not really liking the carry handles. They are an interesting gizmo but serve no improved purpose that I can see. They snap out of your hand sometimes and are not strong enough to use as a rope tie point. Also after only about 5 trips my front compartment is leaking. So the lid ring has a leak where it mounts to the hull or the handle screws are leaking. Come on guys, quality control here.
So, love the hull shape and don't regret my purchase at all but they would have had a 10 rating if it weren't for the weird handles, cheap seat and leak.
In 2013 I retired at the age of 70, and was…
In 2013 I retired at the age of 70, and was given a gift of an Eddyline Skylark 12 to commemorate my new freedom to go kayaking whenever I wanted!!
This kayak is a dream to paddle, excellent tracking and stability, it cuts through
the water like butter, and at 41 lbs. is so lightweight to carry and to load. The cockpit is roomy (I don't travel light, love my gear), and the padded foam seat and back very comfy. I paddled for about 5 hrs with only one walk around stop and could still walk at my takeout with minimal back/ rear fatigue. The Red Pearl deck finish and white hull are beautiful, and tough -
I inadvertently tested the strength of the hull by paddling up onto a submerged piece of giant old concrete pipe, with such force that after working the boat off, I immediately headed to shore with tears, to see what surely would be a hole somewhere in the hull. To my amazement it was only barely scraped, and the Carbonite ABS had lived up to as advertised!!
Love love love this kayak !!
This was not the boat I intended to buy. However, we picked…
This was not the boat I intended to buy. However, we picked up two used ones this winter for a song, and I am very impressed.
The Skylark is very much a recreational boat - stubborn stability, gaping cockpit and just enough cargo space for a lunch and a change of clothes.
However, one look at the hull will tell you this is not your average milk jug. The sharp bow and deep V made short work of the light chop we tackled on our third outing this year. And the Skylark has no business having as much glide as it does.
Eddyline uses ABS plastic for its boats, rather than polyethylene. The result is a lighter, prettier craft that shows its wear and tear more than a poly boat. However, they take a beating better than glass boats.
The seat is terrible. No way around this. The models that went on sale in the last couple years have improved seats, but the old one murders your sciatic nerves. There are a few aftermarket fixes that I'm planning to try.
Otherwise, this boat lives up to the hype.
I have not kayaked in 35 yrs and am a novice. I…
I have not kayaked in 35 yrs and am a novice. I rented the Eddyline Skylark and was amazed by the ease of handling and tracking even though I was in a shorter kayak. Great kayak.
Just an update on my Skylark after a little over a year…
Just an update on my Skylark after a little over a year of use. It has become my go-to kayak for almost all my paddling here in Florida. It's just about perfect for the paddling I do 95% of the time - twisty spring runs, rivers, lakes, bays and estuaries. I can load, unload and carry her by myself which is a big plus. And after a year of not totally gentle use she looks almost as good as when I brought her home new. I've loaned her out to friends looking to purchase a kayak for similar use and at least two so far have also purchased Skylarks. I can't imagine a better boat for the day trips that we do.
My only real complaint in my previous review [07-25-2013] was about the seat and for the 2014 Skylark Eddyline has made some modifications that, for me, are an improvement.
If you are looking for a small, nimble, light boat for day paddles, you owe it to yourself to give the Skylark a test-drive.
We have Skylark, Eddyline Kayaks and we love them. They are compact…
We have Skylark, Eddyline Kayaks and we love them. They are compact enough to sit on top of our truck and still pull our trailer. We take them everywhere. They do not have a rudder but they handle beautifully on the water and track beautifully. They have two water tight compartments with plenty of room for extra gear. We absolutely love them. We have used them in rivers, lakes, the ocean and sound, only recreational purposes and calm water. On the ocean we used our spray skirts. They handle like a dream.
At 39 pounds, the Skylark is the kayak of choice on almost…
At 39 pounds, the Skylark is the kayak of choice on almost all the paddles I do. Eddyline has managed to combine speed and stability in this one kayak as well as the ease of handling the kayak on land for loading and carrying. Perfect kayak for inland rivers and lakes.
I've had my Skylark a little over a month now and it…
I've had my Skylark a little over a month now and it is a pleasure to paddle. I have longer touring kayaks and a shorter sit-on-top, but I was looking for a short, lively kayak for day trips on local rivers and spring runs. After looking at and demoing several different models in the 10-13 foot range, I knew that in the Skylark I had found an almost perfect design for that purpose.
The cockpit is just a bit longer than many models which makes it easy enter and exit both on shore and in the water for a little swimming or snorkeling. It's wide enough to be stable yet trim enough to paddle efficiently. While only 12 feet in length, it tracks extremely well plus the hull design has a bit of chine which makes it very maneuverable on edge.
All in all, this is a great boat for a beginning paddler but one that will also enable them to practice more advanced skills when ready. And it's a great boat for intermediate to advanced paddlers looking for a little boat in which to relax. At 41 lbs it is easy to load, store, carry, and launch.
I got my Skylark without thigh braces so I could enter and exit more easily on the water, but I have no trouble jamming my knees & thighs up under the nicely padded hull in front of the seat for carving turns.
Based solely on performance and on providing a nicely designed boat for the day paddler who wants a lot more than a floating barge, I would give this boat a 10. However, I have to mark it down because the seat is fixed and therefore is not adjustable (or replaceable) and many will find the hard plastic seat uncomfortable for more than an hour of paddling. While you can always add a little bit of cushioning to the seat, the fact that you cannot adjust the seat bottom at all for trim is disappointing and should be considered before purchase. I also sliced my thumb open the first time I picked it up to carry on my shoulder due to a sharp edge on the cockpit coaming that should have been smoothed out before shipping. The Sandpiper is a great boat that bridges the gap between "recreational" and "touring" classifications, but a little more attention to finish and an adjustable seat are needed to get a 10.
Several years ago we bought a Skylark for my wife to use…
Several years ago we bought a Skylark for my wife to use on the lakes and smooth stretches of the Deschutes River around Bend. We noticed that they were being used by a lot of women and figured it would be the right size for her (105 lbs.). She loved it, and later we bought a second one to use as a "loaner" for friends and visitors. Lately I've been using the second one for local outings because it's small, light, and can go on and off the car easily in a crowded parking lot. I was initially worried that I would be too heavy for it (170 lbs.), but discovered that it wasn't the case. I love the dry land portability, but even more the maneuverability, stability, and general sportiness of it. Yes, it's pretty short and reaches top speed quickly, but it glides well accelerates easily, turns on a dime, and is roomy enough for my 6 ft. frame and day equipment (read: food). As far as construction, material and craftsmanship are second to none. Oh, it's also the best looking small kayak out there. For small lakes and tame rivers you can't find a better boat. I'd rate it a 10 but I figure that nothing's perfect, although I can't think of anything I'd change on it (except maybe adding a cupholder).
I sold my 17' Tempest and bought the Skylark. Bought it new…
I sold my 17' Tempest and bought the Skylark. Bought it new and it is just perfect! I just went out in a one hour paddle and my legs didn't fall asleep. Feels very stable, turns well, tracks well, looks awesome and is light!!!
Demo this one and prepare to buy it. I'm 6'0 200 and it fits me like a glove. One of my complaints with the Tempest was that the cockpit was too small. I couldn't get in and out of that sucker! No worries with the Skylark!
I am relatively new to kayaking but did quite a lot of…
I am relatively new to kayaking but did quite a lot of research prior to purchasing my first boat. I was drawn by the two piece construction and 'big-boat' look of the Skylark but am delighted even more with it's performance. My only comparison is to molded rental kayaks which are what I now refer to as 'Little Tykes Kayaks' due to their rougher surface finish and soft edges. The Skylark was very easy to acclimate to, and the strong rudder and hard chines make it easy to hold on-line w/ vigorous use, as well as to turn quickly when needed. In short this is my first Eddyline, but it definitely will not be my last! Also the people at Great Lakes Kayak in Lake Bluff, IL are wonderful to deal with.
This was a big purchase for me, but after one of my…
This was a big purchase for me, but after one of my recent rides into the choppy water... she just wanted to ride the waves. I felt safe and that the boat handled extremely well. I am mostly a marsh, coastal paddler (actually ONLY those) so Evangeline (yes, that's her name) is perfect for Cape Cod. Maybe there are better boats, but I have bonded with this one quite nicely. Thanks, Eddyline.
WHAT AN AWESOME LITTLE KAYAK!!! I very aptly named her DaBomb…
WHAT AN AWESOME LITTLE KAYAK!!! I very aptly named her DaBomb. This little lady is very spry, yet extremely stable. I just KNOW I'm not gonna go over, regardless of the water conditions. And no, this is not my first kayak -- but it will definitely be my last. A real gem! She's DaBomb!
I am a day user that kayaks mainly inland lakes which connect…
I am a day user that kayaks mainly inland lakes which connect to Lake Superior. Bought my Skylark this last spring - own a rotomolded Current Designs Kestrel and planned on getting the TCS version until I demoed the Eddyline Skylark after checking them out online and the DVD they sent. The Skylark handled three foot waves beautifully and tracks great. I am very pleased with it and highly recommend anyone purchase this kayak.
Rented a Skylark on big Ross Lake in the rugged No. Cascades…
Rented a Skylark on big Ross Lake in the rugged No. Cascades NP in Wash. state. Wow, what a great little boat! It tracked beautifully in moderate 5-15 mph winds, was very comfortable and super easy to poke into narrow canyons. We easily carried it inside a 15 ft. motorboat. Agree w/ above comments that it's expensive for a small kayak, but really handles like a longer (i.e. more sea worthy) boat! Up to 6- 8 miles per day this boat easily kept up w/the bigger kayaks. Feels solid in anything up to really big water or very high winds! Great boat.
The Swift Wind paddles are also the BEST - way to go, Eddyline!
I'm a new sea kayaker and wanted a light but durable kayak…
I'm a new sea kayaker and wanted a light but durable kayak. I love the skylark. It is so much fun to paddle. We've had one serious winter storm in which my boat was bashed around and hung by a cable. It didn't have a scratch. For exploring little inlets and shelves it's hard to beat and the decking and rear bulkhead and carbonlite finish make it look and feel like a real sea kayak. I've had more than one person comment on its looks.
However I do want to do some real sea kayaking expeditions in the southern gulf islands, and was advised that this boat should not be taken there as it will be too difficult to control in big seas, and to do self rescue in. I'm definitely eyeing one of the skylarks bigger siblings for next year. But I think I'll keep it because it is just too much fun.
I am absolutely delighted with my Skylark!! I wanted a light weight…
I am absolutely delighted with my Skylark!! I wanted a light weight and stable kayak and did not intend to spend $1000+... BUT AM I GLAD THAT I DID!!! The Eddyline is everything and more! Very stable (I traverse lakes only, but there are MANY BIG speedboats on these waterways...) It is FAST, and a breeze to paddle. I am over 50 and I did not want to carry 41 lbs over a distance of even 50'. My husband built a little "cradle" that fits into my "little red wagon" that I put in the back seat of my car... it's perfect. I bought a Thule kayak rack w/roll bar, so placing the Skylark on the cartop is very easily accomplished. Try the boat out prior to buying one as it is not cheap. Hopefully you will love yours as much as I love mine!
Unbelieveable, what a complete package. Perfect for flat water, ie very…
Unbelieveable, what a complete package. Perfect for flat water, ie very stable, excellent for the great Lakes because of the small cockpit, and very lightweight, great for transpoting some distance to your favorite put-in by yourself. I paddled this new Kayak in Lake Michigan before the weather turned. Handles well, great value.