As promised, a more detailed review of my new kayak, Equinox 10.4, is here. I checked my new watercraft back and forth, inside and outside, and now I have a good idea about its attributes. One thing I can say is that for its size, it really has a lot of room for equipment. Equinox is much shorter than sit-on-top giant Future Beach Freedom 160 DLX. Whenever we go for overnight kayaking trips I know where my equipment is going to go...LOLz.
There are two main storage compartments in the Equinox kayak. One in the front and one in the back. Each of the compartments is tightly sealed with rubber hatch covers - hopefully waterproof (this will come in a later review).
The cockpit seat feels very comfortable. I will write more about it once I paddle for 12 hrs in that seat. Right now I cannot really say much about it. The cup holder is a bit small, but will do the job of holding a small bottle of water.
Front storage compartment is a joke, but may be practical to hold either a cell phone, GPS, some snacks, wallet, or any other small items. Nonetheless, I like this a lot, because it gives more room for my legs inside of the kayak (enough to fit another dry bag inside)
Since the front storage compartment is so small, I am going to buy one of those cone-shaped dry bag and fit it in the front of the kayak. This will give me enough room to store either small tent, clothes, sleeping bag.
Equinox 10.4 is super light. I can easily pick it up myself and drop it off on the top of my car or carry the kayak for a few hundred meters with no problem. For easy handling it has two handles one in the front and one in the back. There are two drain plugs, which make it much easier to get rid of that extra water after rainy surprise or underestimated wind speed = high waves :-)
The rear storage compartment is a blessing. It's so huge I can fit all of my equipment in there (flashlight, clothes, shoes, small tent, perhaps a sleeping bag, etc... I will review actual packing later).
I am very happy with the design of this kayak. There is an extra storage compartment on each side of the seat. It's not too big, but good enough for 2x2L bottles, extra paddles, trekking poles, or propane tanks.
I think I have covered most of parts, compartments, and some extra ideas about Equinox. I still have not used it on water, but that will happen very soon. First, I need to register it.