Looking to purchase my first kayak, though I’ve kayaked many times in the past. After researching and trying out several boats, I’m leaning towards a 12’ touring boat and have narrowed to the Perception Tribute 12 and the Elie Strait 120. I’m a 5’1" woman. Any thoughts/preferences/reviews on these two or any other kayaks you might suggest? Many thanks for your input!
It appears that you have landed on boats for smaller paddlers… though make sure to sit in the boat. Smaller is smaller than a 180 pound guy 8 to 9 inches taller than you and there’s a lot of room in there.
But where would you be kayaking, what kind of conditions, that kind of thing?
Perception vs Elie?
Thanks Celia - I have sat in the Tribute but can’t find the Elie Strait around here to try, hence looking for input. I’ll likely be doing mostly flatwater-lakes, slow rivers, maybe some protected bays, but am looking for as much flexibility as I can get in one boat, while still being mindful of loading it myself.
Loading can be made easier
Re loading, you slide a boat to the roof rather than lift and there are a variety of devised to help with that (and a blanket to protect the finish). Would you be using a third party rack or the rack already on the car?
A basic touring boat would do you, so you are in the right camp.
See if trilliumlake weighs in - she’s knows boats for your size very well and seems to be able to find just about anything on Craig’s list.