I love the Outdoor Retailer trade show. It’s that time of year that the dam bursts and companies start unveiling all the new gear that will be on the store shelves next season.

This past weekend Necky Kayaks pulled back the curtain and showed the world their newest boat, the Elias. The Elias is based off the same lines of their highly successful female focused boat, the Eliza.

Necky describes the Elias as:

An agile, playful and responsive touring kayak. The Elias takes its design cues from Necky's popular women's specific Eliza kayak, with a slightly longer and larger hull designed to appeal to a broad variety of paddlers.

At fifteen and a half feet, the Elias is extremely efficient for a kayak its size. Its relatively modest waterline translates into less effort for the paddler at normal cruising speeds, making the Elias significantly more efficient for everyday touring than other kayaks in its class. Also available in a fibreglass and carbon layup, the Elias is ideal for day touring and weekend excursions.

The Elias is available in both rotomolded plastic and composite layup and is 15’6” long with a beam of 22.25”. Similar to the Eliza series, the plastic boat is only available with a rudder while you have the option of a skeg if you purchase the fibreglass or carbon layups.

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Necky Kayaks LogoNecky Kayaks, an industry leader in the performance kayak market, is proud to announce that its Eliza kayak has been named ‘Best Women’s Kayak’ in Sea Kayaker Magazine’s newly minted Readers Choice Awards. The Readers Choice Awards, featured in Sea Kayaker’s December 2011 issue, are based on the results of a six month poll administered through the Sea Kayaker website from January through June 2011.

“Any time you’re awarded a Readers Choice award its cause for celebration and to receive this honor for the Eliza is both humbling and inspirational,” said Sara Knies, Director of Marketing for Necky Kayaks. “The touring kayak market is a mature one, filled with savvy paddlers who know what they require out of a boat and we couldn’t be more pleased than to deliver on our consumer’s expectations.”

As the magazine points out, ‘a good kayak is one that fits’ and the Eliza was specifically designed to fit women. The deck of the Eliza is designed to shed water and minimize windage, while allowing better stroke clearance for paddlers with narrower shoulders. Advanced female paddlers can appreciate how the low profile and cockpit dimensions of the Eliza allow flexibility for rolling, bracing, surfing and spirited paddling. One of the lightest production kayaks on the market, the Eliza is both easy to load and a joy to paddle.

Available in a number of models including a new composite with rudder, the Necky Eliza boasts a roomy cockpit, padded thigh braces for superior handling and control, and a Necky touring seat with supportive back band for all day comfort. Other key features include bow and stern hatches with sealed bulkheads, adjustable foot pedals and reflective deck rigging for added safety.

Since the Eliza was first launched, Necky Kayaks has donated 1% of the Eliza gross sales to the Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund is one of the leading national organizations focused on identifying the environmental causes of breast cancer and preventing the disease.

Necky Eliza kayaks are currently available through authorized specialty dealers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on Necky’s family of kayaks please visit us at www.neckykayaks.com, http://www.facebook.com/NeckyKayaks or http://www.youtube.com/neckykayaks.

Necky® kayaks is part of the Johnson Outdoors family of innovative, market-leading brands. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment. Visit Johnson Outdoors online at www.johnsonoutdoors.com.

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 20:39

Video: Hand Rolling Made Easy

Ken Whiting demonstrates a sea kayak hand roll.

Ken Whiting makes hand rolling a sea kayak look way too easy.

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Necky Kayaks LogoThe numbers tell a sobering tale. According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

As we head into Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these statistics in mind, it’s important to note that while October is annually a time of education, understanding and support, the battle against this deadly disease is waged twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. As part of their commitment to eradicate breast cancer, Necky Kayaks and Ocean Kayak donate one percent of the gross sales from their women’s specific kayaks to the Breast Cancer Fund, the leading national organization working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of the disease.

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Necky Kayaks LogoFerndale, Wash. (July 7, 2008) Necky® Kayaks, a recognized leader in the development of performance kayaks, is pleased to announce that the popular Looksha 17TM Advanced Composite (AC) kayak is now available in a carbon layup.  A premium touring kayak in every sense of the word, the Necky® Looksha 17TMcarbon is crafted from proprietary materials and is built for distance, performance and speed.
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Thursday, 02 October 2008 22:32

Necky Kayaks Unveils Two New Looksha Models

Necky Looksha 12Ferndale, Wash. - Necky® Kayaks, a leader in the design and development of performance kayaks, is pleased to introduce two new additions to their popular LookshaTM kayak collection, the Looksha 12TM and the Looksha 12 SiTM.  Designed primarily for day touring and recreational paddling, the Looksha 12TM models are easy to paddle, stable, maneuverable and fun.
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Tuesday, 17 June 2008 08:23

Necky Pulls Plug on Whitewater

Paddling Life recently posted an article announcing that Necky is pulling out of Whitewater kayaks to focus on rec and touring kayaks...

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Johnson Outdoors Inc., a global leader in outdoor recreational products, today announced that the Company's NECKY(R) ELIZA(TM) ULTRALITE kayak was honored by PADDLER(R) MAGAZINE with a 2008 Paddler's Pick Award. The award recognizes the top kayaks and paddling accessories from the world's leading outdoor manufacturers and gives the nod to the NECKY(R) ELIZA(TM) ULTRALITE's innovative, women specific female friendly design.
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Johnson OutdoorsRACINE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC. (Nasdaq: JOUT), a global leader in outdoor recreational products, today announced the Company's Necky® ChathamTM Advanced CompositeTM Carbon kayak was awarded the prestigious 2008 "Best of Adventure Gear" by the editors of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE magazine and "Gear of the Year" honors from MEN'S JOURNAL magazine. The awards, which were both announced on November 15th, recognize exciting new products in the outdoor recreation marketplace.

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Ocean Kayak® and Necky® Kayaks, respected leaders in the paddlesports community, are pleased to announce their latest contribution in the fight against breast cancer, a quarterly donation of $8,655 to the Breast Cancer Fund.
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