Necky Elias

Apr 26, 2013
Outside Magazine
Perception Expression 11.5 Old Town Twin Heron Necky Elias best boats of 2013 summer buyers guide

Perception Expression 11.5, Old Town Twin Heron, Necky Elias    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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.