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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As an entry level kayak this is a good choice.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.