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Sound 120

by Pelican International

Reviews

I used a friends Sound 120 last year and I liked it…

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I used a friends Sound 120 last year and I liked it so much, I bought one. To get it to track straight you just have to put on the chine during the stroke - lean into it a little. Fast, comfortable and great for flat water.

You can do far better than the Sound 120. The construction…

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You can do far better than the Sound 120. The construction and workmanship are poor and as you will see in other reviews on the Web is doesn't track well.
The Sound series is a two piece construction and the seam on mine began to split after a little over a year (I store my kayak in the garage in winter too!). Pelican International customer service was absolutely no help. Given the price point there are plenty of other better options available.

I recently purchased the Pelican Elite Sound 120 and have had a…

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I recently purchased the Pelican Elite Sound 120 and have had a most frustrating experience. The kayak was recommended by my local dealer as a good transitional craft. I am a relative beginner, although I have tried various canoes and kayaks and completed a 50 mile river trip in an 8' kayak where the primary characteristic was rough and wet weather. Thus, I was very surprised to find that I could not make the Sound 120 go straight to save my life! On the other hand, if you want to go in circles, the Sound 120 is the boat for you!

I finally resorted to an expert Licensed Maine Tour Guide to verify that the boat was the issue. Pros for this boat- it is spacious and the seat is very comfortable and easy to adjust, even on water. Fortunately the dealer is reputable and took the boat back for a full refund.
The Manitou 146 and the Cayuga 14 are both looking good after on-water demos.