Weighing in at 47 lbs, 15’6” in length and 21” wide, Eddyline’s OG, early flagship kayak model, the low volume (LV) version of the Fathom is my all-time favorite touring kayak. During a 2017 overnight trip to the San Juan Islands, Washington, I was loaded down with 4 days’ worth of gear and the Fathom LV was incredibly stable and easy to maneuver. It seemed like I got more power and distance out of each stroke than the rest of the crew, who were seated in varying brands of kayaks. Although the Fathom LV is now discontinued, it’s still an oldie and a goodie. The good news is, the Sitka ST has comparable performance to the Fathom LV for those paddlers too small for the full volume Fathom, and is widely available through Eddyline’s extensive network of dealers.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of the features that made the Fathom LV ideal for touring…
For old times’ sake, we crowd sourced and compiled some reviews and comments on this older model to shed light on why it was so popular during its time on the market!
Paddle Magazine (see link for more reviews)
“Designed for efficiency and control, the Fathom LV is built on Eddyline's flagship Fathom kayak, but sized for the small to medium-frame paddler. This touring kayak is great for long-distance adventures or playing in more adverse conditions. The Fathom LV has an efficient hull design that is nearly effortless to accelerate. Hard chines midship and a healthy degree of rocker makes turns a breeze.”
Olympic Outdoor Center (see link for more reviews)
“The Eddyline Fathom LV still has comfortable leg and foot room for even the medium sized paddler and its curved fore-deck eliminates hand or deck bumping whether you have high or low angle paddling style. This kayak is quick to accelerate, glides forever, turns on a dime and, with the skeg down, will track on a rail. One of the most versatile kayaks in Eddyline's line, it must be paddled to be fully appreciated.”
REI Co-op (see link for more reviews)
“A high-quality ABS kayak designed for small paddlers, the Eddyline Fathom LV touring kayak has a tracking skeg, helping keep your bow pointed to your next destination in strong wind and current.”
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