BEST FOR: Small-to-medium-size paddlers looking for a better-fitting touring boat.
THE TEST: It’s hard to say how many men borrowed their ladies’ bright pink Necky Eliza in the four years since that women-specific boat was introduced. The guys paddled pink for good reason: the Eliza was the lighter, more efficient cousin of Necky’s awesome Chatham-series boats. Necky eventually got the message and this year came out with the Elias, which has a slightly larger cockpit and is a bit longer than the Eliza. It’s not as fast as the Chatham, but it’s lighter, and the hull design is more efficient—and thus more fun—for smaller paddlers.
THE VERDICT: If you can squeeze inside, you’ll love this boat. 45 lbs.