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Pursuit 80 X Reviews

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This is a great kayak for a…

Submitted by: paddler438042 on 6/7/2018

This is a great kayak for a beginning paddler. It is lightweight enough to carry and lift onto the car by myself. It is very stable in the water and easy to maneuver. It's a good kayak for older kids too. It's at a good price point for beginners, and retains it's value well for resale when it's time to upgrade. I'm very happy with my Pelican Pursuit 80x!


Best kayak for the money! …

Submitted by: gvsmitty19 on 7/28/2016
Best kayak for the money! Tracks fairly well, and I can fit it INSIDE my Jeep Cherokee. Seat is actually very comfortable.

Only thing missing is foot pedals but for $150-200, I can't complain.

Love these little boats! …

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/27/2016
Love these little boats! I've had 2 of them for 4 years now and we abuse the crap out of them, but they just keep on going. We paddle a class 1-2 river a couple of times a week, pretty much year round, and these little guys are just perfect. We rub rocks all the time, and beach them wherever we want--lots of scratches, but these boats are tough as nails. Easy to haul around and load, stable and FUN! Not much room for goodies, but we travel light on the river. I have 2 other kayaks, but almost always chose to take this one.

This is the best size in…

Submitted by: paddler236516 on 9/14/2015
This is the best size in today Kayak for weekend or anytime after work before sunset. The weight is the key and the size is the best. I love it. Just get it.

I've had my Pursuit for over…

Submitted by: paddler236191 on 4/22/2015
I've had my Pursuit for over three years now and still couldn't be happier with it. It's small enough to fit in my Vibe and light enough for me to carry wherever. I bought an Apex 100 later so I'd have a kayak for my friends, and it tracks better and is more stable, so I end up in the Pursuit and letting my friends use the Apex. I've taken both kayaks down class I and II rapids, and they are both just fine. The Pursuit turns on a dime, so I can make last minute adjustments better with it than the Apex, but my friends like the Apex better because of the tracking and the ease of getting in and out of a sit on top. I bought the Pursuit for $150 at Academy Sports.I also bought a skirt for the it when those cold waves hit. I've gotten much more out of this little boat than I ever thought I would.

I bought one of these to have…

Submitted by: paddler235787 on 7/27/2014
I bought one of these to have as a second kayak so friends could join me, or so that I could go myself on quick trips in which I'd toss it in the back of my small SUV.

For a $150 kayak, it's great. It handles decently, considering it's just 7.5 ft long. Best part is the seat. No cushion, but it is molded well and gives good back support. In fact, I have found it, ironically, to have a more comfortable seat than my larger kayaks, so I usually offer the larger ones to my friends!


Great lightweight kayak for…

Submitted by: Sooznd on 7/17/2014
Great lightweight kayak for kids and smaller adults! I got this little gem as my first kayak. I wanted a kayak less than 9 feet long so I could easily transport inside my small Honda hatchback. Gave it an 8 because it lacks foot pegs, but found a set of pegs online and a neighbor installed them in less than an hour. Now it is complete. I am a 65 yr. old female and can easily move this kayak myself.

Purchased this boat for my…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/3/2014
Purchased this boat for my young sons (ages 7 and 5) during a sale at Dick's Sporting goods. It was sold as the Pelican Vortex 80DLX Kayak, but looks like the same specs as Pursuit 80X.

We've been very pleased with this so far - my boys were able to paddle this immediately with ease. It turns very quickly, so kids had to get used to compensating with a paddle stroke on opposite side to track straight. Stability is good and suitable for young kids. Drain plug at stern is a nice feature. Weight is very manageable (~20 lbs) and my boys are able to carry it easily.
Recommended, especially if you can find it on sale.


I purchased my Pursuit 80x…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/26/2013
I purchased my Pursuit 80x kayak by Pelican 5 months ago. The Pursuit 80x retails for $250. I paid $150 at an Academy Sports in southern Georgia. It did not include a paddle.

The only difference between the 80x and the 80 is that they add an adjustable seat back and stretch cords, though the back is comfortable. Both versions include a molded cup holder at the front of the seat. The kayak is light (26 lbs), and has plenty of leg room (I'm 6'0".)

I have spent at most four hours in it with only two short breaks and had no discomfort. It paddles well in calm or moving water. It's length makes turning easy, but keeping straight is entirely up to the paddler as it tends to turn on it's own. There is no storage hatch, nor paddle holders, but there is a molded paddle rest on which to place holders. With space to spare, I've installed my own hatch.

The simplicity and size make this kayak perfect for beginners, or for anyone who wants a small kayak for going anywhere.