The Unison 136T has been replaced by the Argo 136XP Tandem
Premium paddling for two. The Unison 136T blends head-turning design with outstanding comfort and performance. Built on a multi-chine flat bottom hull platform, this kayak provides maximum stability and superior capacity. Extensive computer modeling was used in the design process to reduce drag and improve cruising speed.
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My fiancee was new to kayaking four years ago, so she wanted to start with a tandem first. We came across the Pelican Unison 136T at our local EMS store and quickly snagged it. It was a terrific buy; we have no regrets. This kayak is as stable as they come. It tracks well and for its size and weight, it scoots along pretty quickly, too. There is storage aplenty in the kayak, thanks to a very large rear storage hatch, a small waterproof storage well between the seats, and plenty of room both behind and in front of the rear seat. Same goes for in front of the front seat. I often put a cooler in front of the rear seat and can easily fit our fold-up kayak cart behind the rear seat. The cup holders are both good; not great, but better than most. Lastly, this is a pretty good looking kayak to boot. We've gotten plenty of compliments on its appearance, the large and wide cockpit, and all of the on-board features.
This is a sit in kayak so I use a skirt most of the time and I have had no issues with that. The seats are comfortable but I still use a pad to sit on because I get sore after a while. There are foot pegs which is great in my opinion! The price that I saw was about $650 which isn't too bad for a tandem kayak. I do believe that you are getting a pretty great kayak for the price.
I do wish that there was the option for a rudder with this one but I don't think that it is too long to stear without a rudder. Another thing to consider would be how long are you planning to be out with this kayak. There is not the biggest storage container so you will need to keep that in mind, but for day trips I think it's a nice buy!
I do carry issue with the floppy bottom, but I assume it's thin molded plastic to keep weight down. Scored really easy over some light rocks.
I also dislike the width of this kayak, makes it much more stable and leaves lots of room for comfort, but it makes paddling more difficult.
Overall great for the price, and quick for its size.
This is a fabulous kayak!! Great quality, an excellent product for its price!
It's easy to maneuver, and can fit me and my 2 children (ages 5 and 9) in it at once. Usually we will have my little one sit with an adult, in the large cockpit and my oldest one sits up front. Or it will be just me and my little one and my oldest is in a single kayak. We also own the Escape 100x which matches the Unison almost perfectly :-)
We get alot of compliments on our kayaks!
The seats are more than comfortable enough for several hours on the water and the footrests are easily adjustable. There is adequate dry storage - one large store in the back and one that will fit cellphones, keys, etc. in the middle. One drink holder for each paddler. The Unison is fairly light and is easy to carry with handles located on the bow and stern decks.
In the water, this kayak is awesome - it tracks and turns beautifully and is very forgiving, even with heavy paddler movement or chop. Much more stable than our canoe. So far, we've had it on our local lakes, in the marshlands of the Chesapeake Bay and in the Susquehanna River. The Unison handled them all with ease, even in some moderate tidal current.
Overall, a quality boat made with quality materials, built for solid recreational fun. Couldn't be happier with the purchase!
This is a kick around the lake or river kayak for 2-4 hrs. If you're more into longer trips make the investment and plan on paying double the price it get one with better seats and more bells and whistles. We have had two 200+ lbs folks in and they found it to be comfortable and very stable. My inlaws who are in their late sixties loved their experience in so much they are buying one.
So overall this is an excellent purchase for and economy tandem product for light recreational kayaking.