The Pelican Summit is a good beginner's kayak at a low price point. The hull is made of a two-piece Ram-X high impact plastic, so it handles the inevitable collisions with rocks with ease. The kayak features easily adjustable foot rests and a adjustable padded seat. It is quite comfortable. It also has very strong rope and plastic handles at either end which are also good for securing the kayak for vehicle travel. The Summit weighs in at 38lbs (17kg), so is one person transportable. The main problem that I found with the Summit is the lack of buoyancy chambers. The Summit will sink in wavy conditions, so it is definitely a smooth water craft. I filled the ends of the kayak with spray foam to add buoyancy, but the Summit is definitely not designed for more serious kayaking.
All in all this is a good yak for the price. i personally find it to be a little on the unstable side but im 6'3'' 220lbs. it took me awhile to get comfortable and not feel like i was going to tip over. the storage compartment is very poor and somehow seems to attract water. the seat is pretty comfortable but after a couple hours will start to be a pain. it is really light at just over 30 lbs which makes in easy for one person to carry it. the ram x plastic seems great at first but the bottom of the yak scratches really deep way to easy. another down side is there is no lip to install a spray skirt. over all not a bad yak for the lake or calm stream.PROS
2 no lip for spray skirt
3 easy to make deep scratches in hull
4 no dry storage
Very stable kayak. I've taken it places it probably shouldn't have gone, such as the Missouri River. It held up well. Weight Limit is 300 lbs, which is a plus as most small kayaks have 200-225 range.
Rear hatch is not water tight as suggested, plastic is thin, it dented upon entry to a mud bank, but I was able to pop the dent back out. Foot peg track came off due to the bolt that held it in place popped off. I will admit though I was pushing very hard trying to keep up with my friends much quicker kayak.
Overall this is a great kayak for the price. I would suggest it mainly for lakes and slow streams.
It's LIGHT. Very easy to pick up and throw in the back of the truck without much effort. That's probably why it gets blown around on the water so much.
Here are my big negatives:
First, the rear hatch. It's supposed to be "water resistant" but it isn't. That thing will suck in water like you wouldn't believe. Every single time I take it out that rear compartment is COMPLETELY filled to the rim with H2O. That's not good.
Second is the foot pegs. Specifically the screws used to attach them. On my first trip out I noticed drips coming into the boat from around the screws. They are NOT water sealed, for some reason. Not a big deal on a quick trip, but if you spend several hours on the water you are going to have a noticeable pull of water under your butt. A coating of marine goop fixed it, but a boat shouldn't come from the factory with leaks. Period.
All that said, it's a fun little boat. I rigged mine out for fishing and it's done fairly well on grass flats and shallow water. Really, though, this boat is made for once in a while, amateur use.