The Sky 10 kayak came into existence due to the popularity of our well liked Skylark and the ever increasing demand for smaller, lighter boats.
This kayak carries most of the paddling qualities and features of its 12 foot sister but sports a good 8 lbs less weight, making car-topping and general handling that much easier. The Sky 10 has more than adequate hull speed and efficiency for keeping up with groups on casual cruises and plenty of capacity for the average paddler.
A roomy cockpit, (the same size as the Skylark) comfortable Infinity seat and backrest, hatches and bulkheads bow and stern for safety, excellent stability and a host of features combine to make this kayak a fun choice for recreational paddling along shorelines, lakes and easy rivers. Small enough to load on your big boat – toss in your camera, lunch and fishing rod and paddle to your favorite spot with ease.
“The sky 10 is an excellent combination of lightness, stability, good tracking and responsiveness _ not sure how you managed it !! Thanks.” Peter Lewington – UK
BW at paddling.net
It’s a great little kayak. This is the first personal kayak I’ve owned. Have been in several rentals & friends kayaks. Couldn’t be happier with this one.
Super stable so far, have only been on flat water with slight wind chop.
- Tracks nice & straight (no rudder) and moves smoothly.
- Easy to get in/ out of.
- Love the watertight hatches in front/ back.
- Seat is comfortable and foot pegs are easily adjustable.
- Best part, for me, is the weight – only 35 lbs! This means I can load the kayak on top of the car and carry it by myself. Highly recommended!
Matt Clemons, Aardvarks Florida Kayak Co., Crystal River, FL
Got my first Sky 10 and it sold before I ever got to paddle it. My new one came in yesterday and I paddled it today with a demo. Sold two more. This boat is going to be a hit. Folks who want a small kayak but still want quality and performance are going to love the Sky 10.
Liam P – Oregon
At first I didn’t want a kayak because I thought they wobbled too much. My dad and sister have Eddylines and my dad had me try a Sky 10. I LOVED IT! He wanted me to get a faster one but the Sky 10 seems like it was made just for me and how I like to kayak. Thank you for making the best kayaks in the world!
Peter Lewington – UK
The sky 10 is an excellent combination of lightness, stability, good tracking and responsiveness _ not sure how you managed it !! Thanks.
Here is a response posted on Paddling.net to the question “Has anyone paddled one yet?” One of the ladies I paddle with got one and really likes it. It is a neat little boat, well designed and constructed in Eddyline’s fashion. It seems to keep up well with longer boats, plenty of stability, and the cockpit plenty roomy without being excessively like a lot of rec boats. She was looking for something light and short enough to be easy to load herself, but wanted better performance than typical rec boats for longer estuary paddles. I’m surprised that she can keep such a short boat going straight and at a reasonable speed to keep up with a mixed group, but it seems to do it. She really likes how easy it is for her to handle loading and unloading, and how it keeps up with longer boats without working her so hard (old boat was a Pamlico 100 or a Prodigy 10, something like that).
I would add that although primarily designed and used for flatwater, easy going paddles, where it does well among its peers, it may be capable of a little more. She tried it on a short paddle in ChesBay this weekend, with a borrowed spray skirt, where for a couple of miles swells up to about 1-1.5ft and wind providing a little chop on top were the pattern, and the little boat did pretty well in experienced hands! I sensed that a spray skirt will be a forthcoming addition very soon. That’s not to say it isn’t going to work you pretty hard in that environment for a longer paddle, nor that it would be suitable for much more than that, but I was pretty impressed with it.
Smaller kayak for smaller (100 lbs) paddler. Light weight yet very stable. Great for flat water. Tracks well and can keep up with longer touring kayaks. Highly recommend.
I bought a Sky 10 last summer. I chose the shorter length because ease of handling is important to me. I needed to be able to load it by myself because I often go kayaking alone. It only weighs 35 lbs., and with the use of a roller, I can easily load it on top of my car. I find it to be very stable and it tracks well in the water in spite of its shorter length.
The closed bulkheads allow for dry storage of whatever you bring with you. I am a beginning kayaker who paddles on lakes and streams and my Sky has performed well in those conditions. I tried several different kayaks before choosing this one. The vendor told me that most of the Sky 10s they have sold have gone to women. I am 5ft. 3 in., so a big person would probably prefer the 12 foot version (Skylark). Eddyline boats are made from their exclusive Carbonite 2000 material. My boat has not sustained any damage, but supposedly this material is easily repairable.
I absolutely love this boat and can’t wait to get out on the water this spring! I enthusiastically recommend it, especially for women paddlers who need a lightweight boat for handling purposes. By the way, I am 67 years old and this is my first kayak.
This is my second review of the Sky 10 now that I have used it for several months. Overall, it is a great boat for our purposes since we moved into an apartment in Eugene with no garage. I love the low weight of 32 pounds. Awesome. Great to use on small lakes, ponds, and streams. Added a Ram Mount with suction cup for fishing. Works great!
Not so good in any heavy waters with large waves. Rather than cutting through them, the kayak rides on top and becomes less stable and a bit tipsy. I’ve yet to try it on Class 2 rapids in a river environment but would be a bit concerned in rough water. And, with such a short length, it just doesn’t have the glide necessary for large bodies of water.
We have owned a Necky Manatu 14 for the past eight years while RVing around the country. Fabulous kayak and my all around choice for most bodies of water. But…the Sky 10 is just lots of fun in the smaller lakes and streams.
They clean up easily with soap and water. For us (age 78) they work because we store them in our apartment. We are now converting a cargo van into a camper to hold the kayaks inside to make for fast getaways. Not having a garage provides storage challenges with any kayak. Leaving them on top of the car or van for storage invites theft, unfortunately.
So, in summary, a great kayak for the urban dweller near small streams, ponds, and lakes.
Just went up to the Bend,OR Paddlefest at Tumalo Creek Kayak. Great time trying out lots of kayaks. Have owned five previous yaks (Necky) over the past 20 years and three canoes (Old Town). We kayak in all sorts of water including lakes, rivers, ocean bays and creeks.
We have had two Necky Manatu Kayaks (14.4 ft) on our RV while exploring the USA and Canada full time for the past seven years. But…nearing age 80, we decided to settle down for part of the year with renting an apartment in our home town of Eugene. Life is all together different now. Decided to sell our RV and larger kayaks to select smaller ones to fit inside a converted cargo camping van or the apt. Thought we would get the Pyranha Fusion 30 or Jackson Rogue as a crossover boat for rivers and lakes. But…so, so unstable! Too much work and definitely wouldn’t use them for relaxing outings, photography or fishing. In all, tried about ten kayaks before my wife pointed out the Eddyline Sky 10 for her. With a great seat and cockpit area, I found it easy to get in and out. Going across the river, against the current, it was incredibly stable yet faster than all of the boats I tried (Perception, Necky, etc). Couldn’t believe it! So easy and comfortable. At 32 pounds it’s perfect for car topping.
To make a long story short, we bought two and now have them inside the apt until our van is finished. I’ll be trying them on our local Willamette and McKenzie Rivers soon and will report how they handle in Class One and Two rapids, small streams and creeks. In my opinion, these are great, great kayaks suitable for beginner or advanced paddler. And, they are very stable and classy looking.