10' 5"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Escape Description

The Escape is the perfect sit on top kayak to throw in the water at a moment’s notice for a paddle, a float, or a sunset. Perfect for children and average sized adults, the Escape measures 10’5″ in length and is 31″ wide, weighing a low 34 lbs; yet still has a 240 lbs carrying capacity. All in all, the Cobra Escape is a knock out of a kayak. Extremely stable to paddle, yet nimble and easy to handle and maneuver. The Cobra Escape provides all the features of the big yaks, in a package small enough for lighter paddlers to use.

Escape Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Attributes

  • Drain Plug
  • Multi Position Foot Rests
  • Self Draining Scuppers
  • Accessory Eyelets
  • End & Side Luggage Handles
  • Front Bungee
  • 6' Day Hatch with Net Bag

Cobra Kayaks
Escape Reviews

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i have owned the escape for…

Submitted by: paddler1464104 on 5/26/2021

i have owned the escape for three years and use it twice as much as my Hobie outback. It's weight allows me to launch in places just not possible with the outback. I beach launch in Florida almost every morning. Atlantic Florida beach accesses typically involve stairs which stops my Hobie cold, but not the escape. I can carry it by myself fully loaded with fishing gear just about anywhere, even up and down stairs.

I have had my escape out in 4-5' surf and the hull shape performs well punching through breaking waves or riding over rolling whitewater depending on where I shift my body weight. It surfs fairly well but, as with most kayaks, it has a tendency to bow lock and broach. With that said, it braces with secondary stability very well. The cockpit drains adequately after swamping. My only complaint is the workout I get while paddling against a headwind and the spray generated in chop. It's not the fastest kayak by any means, with my max speed at 4mph and that can only be sustained for less than a minute. All that being said, my escape is still my favorite and is responsible for most of my catches.


I love my Cobra Escape kayak

Submitted by: paddler403639 on 11/14/2017

I love my Escape kayak. I tend to over research and worry about getting the right thing when I buy sporting equipment. So I was happy after I tried my Kayak. Completely light enough for me to get in and out of the water........but very stable. The stability was what I was concerned about......but it is just perfect and very stable. I love this kayak.


Love it!, as a beginner…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/16/2016

Love it!, as a beginner kayaker. Light weight 37 lbs, very stable 27" wide. Easy to maneuver in lakes and ocean bay. Didn't try in river yet. Not noisy with the the V shape in front and the Catamaran shape at the back. Not too expensive $1100 CDN. We are happy with them as we bought 2.

A new model Delta's 2016 Fusion Hull offers efficient glide with advanced stability and tracking. The pronounced V-shaped bow quietly cuts through the water and allows for more precise maneuvering. The Hybrid Catamaran hull at the stern provides the ultimate in stability while keeping the craft less beamy and more fluid through the water. A moderate rocker and long waterline offer paddlers better tracking and less fishtailing with every paddle stroke.

I wish Delta will let you know witch rack system will work best. We ended up buying a Yakama long bar and 4 mako saddles to hold our 2 kayaks and I am not sure it was the best combination.


A great all-rounder. 11.5…

Submitted by: pfjc62 on 4/3/2014
A great all-rounder. 11.5 foot sit-atop plastic kayak at only 40 pounds or so. It has a large front hatch and smaller cockpit hatch for personal items. Cockpit has robust, high-backed, comfortable clip-on seat with clip-on legs straps to brace against.

There is a self-draining rear well which is perfect for gear carriage or cooler storage. I often take 2 kids on it: one with me in the cockpit, the 2nd in the rear well. It is rated for up to 400 lbs. Very stable: the kids and I can stand on the bow and jump off.
It tracks well, I use it for winter training.


I'm 5'3", 150 pounds female…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/19/2010
I'm 5'3", 150 pounds female and I thought the Cobra Escape was a perfect kayak for me, a beginner kayaker and avid birdwatcher. But the tri-hull causes a lot of noisy hull slap, which chases the birds away even before I can get close. The tri-hull is quite stable, although it did get tippy a few times in choppy waters. I managed to control the kayak at the last minute to fore go dumping. The tippiness may be because the seat is quite high in the kayak which makes it somewhat top heavy when you're sitting in it.

The Escape is a nice looking kayak with lots of storage for overnight camping, but the smooth sides scratch easily. It tracks well and at 34 pounds, it's easy to haul back and forth to the water. This is such a fun sport. I just wish I had known about the hull slap which disrupts the quiet of the lake and my birdwatching.


Just took this kayak out…

Submitted by: paddler233074 on 4/20/2009
Just took this kayak out today for the first time and it is my first kayak. It tracks very well and is quite stable. I couldn't find hardly any reviews when I was researching as I believe the Escape is a new model brought out in 2008. The high back seat is nice though it was sliding forward a bit. I'll have to see if I can tighten up the straps.

The O Hatch between your legs was handy with a removable "cup" that is a great place for phone, wallet, etc. in a plastic ziplock bag just to be safe. Got a large A Hatch in the front and 2 rod holders behind the seat. It only weighs 34 lbs so it is easy to carry by yourself and put on top of your car. I use the foam blocks and straps and it works well.

If you're looking for lots of storage behind the seat for camping gear or whatever you'd probably better look at another kayak. It's probably enough for a small cooler or sleeping bag. I got a lot of good comments on the kayak today. It's a good looking and great performing yak and so far I love it.