Hi! Just getting into this sport. I'll mostly be paddling lake tributaries and calm rivers until the skill set improves, then maybe some class 1 and 2 rivers or maybe the ICW on a calm day.
Can anybody that has experience with both compare and contrast the Elie 140 and Pungo 140?
After a LOT of research, I was basically sold on the Pungo 140 for my needs. I went to REI to check out the 120 and get an idea of what it was all about. While there I saw the Elie Strait 140 XE (not sure I want the XE's rudder). It seemed much better built, and other than (easily fixed) leaky hatches, cheap stickers, and foam that needs more glue, nobody has anything bad to say about it... or the Pungo.
I have been unable to find direct comparisons anyway. I'm looking for all the usual stuff: handling, speed, stability, fit, and overall impressions/comparison between the two.