The Pelican SOLO is a highly functional six foot kayak perfectly scaled down in size to suit smaller paddlers. Built on a twin tunnel hull, this sit-on-top kayak is easy to maneuver and provides superior stability. This means more safety for kids and less worry for parents. It features molded footrests and seat, a security flag and a bottle holder. Made of RAM-XS™ impact-resistant material, the self-bailing SOLO is built to last for many fun days on the lake. It comes equipped with a KID PADDLE and SAFETY FLAG.
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My 7-year has recently become interested in learning how to paddle. We borrowed a Pelican Solo Sit-on Kayak from some friends and off we went to the lake. The kayak was fairly easy to maneuver on land and fit in the back of our pick up nicely. My daughter was able to get on the kayak with no trouble. She grabbed the paddle and off she went. The kayak was very stable for her and easy to paddle around the lake. It was her first time solo kayaking and she had no trouble at all getting the kayak to move in the direction she wanted. This is a really great learning kayak for littles.
If you're wanting a toy kayak for a small child this kayak is great. So I am rating it based on it being a kids toy.
My son is 11, 90lbs, very active and was excited to kayak, but 1 hour paddling in a small calm lake his back was too sore to sit, it has no back rest which was the main issue, combined with the very short paddle that is soft. Also the place to put a water bottle isn't ideal, the bottle gets soaked in lake water so having something upright would help.
Going to attach a back rest on ours, add a cushion and have him use a proper paddle, we'll see how that goes.
Again, great for a kids toy just playing in the water, if that's what you're after I would recommend this. It is sturdy and I like the safety flag feature.
My kids are 9 and 7 and on the smaller side but my 125lb niece was using it and having a great time, with a slightly wet butt from waves and riding lower. My 100 lb wife uses it easily and it has spurred us to buy kayaks ourselves. The kids easily climb back on them in the water. I have watched them intentionally flip them many times, flip them back over and jump back up. My wife said they are extremely stable even riding over boat wakes. She said to flip it it pretty much has to be intentional (accidents happen though). They are very durable, I dropped a rope through the front drain holes and tied it from the bottom and towed it behind my 30hp inflatable for some white water kayaking. My 16 and 18 year old nieces said they prefer it to tubing since you can lean in the corners to stay on. If jumping waves dragging them behind a boat didn't break them I'm not sure what will. I think they will last a long time.
The family the plays together stays together.