Pelican Maverick 120X Kayak

Pelican Maverick 120X Kayak is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 21.
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Pelican Maverick 120X Kayak
Pelican Maverick 120X Kayak
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Become a kayak enthusiast when you venture out in the Pelican® Maverick 120X Kayak. With optimized design for superior acceleration and speed, and a twin-arched hull for balance, the Maverick 120X gives you security as you paddle. Added knee pads provide extra comfort, and the 4” day hatch and bag give plenty of space for storage. The Ergolite seat cushion and adjustable padded backrest make for a comfortable ride.


  • 1-person sit-in kayak
  • Designed for: recreation
  • Twin arched hull offers superior stability
  • Offers great acceleration and speed for its size
  • Smart phone compartment on the dashboard
  • Drain plug
  • Adjustable foot pegs
  • Knee pads for comfort
  • Ergolite seat cushion
  • Adjustable padded backrest
  • Carrying handles
  • Storage platform with deck cover
  • 4" day hatch with storage bag
  • Bungee cords
  • Not rudder capable
  • Manufacturer’s two-year limited extended warranty on hull and deck
  • Manufacturer's one-year warranty on components and accessories
  • Style #: KYA12P305

For additional information relating to the Manufacturer's Warranty, please contact 1-888-669-6960.

  • Length: 12’
  • Maximum weight capacity: 375 lbs
  • Brand: Pelican
  • Country of Origin: Imported


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! Fits all my kayak needs so far great deal. I am very impressed.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sleek and true This is my second Kayak. My first is a sun dolphin aruba 10 ss. This PELICAN MAVERICK KAYAK is so much more than what my first kayak is not. The quality of the way it is made is better to start with. When I got it in the water, I noticed it sits lower in the water. I found it easier to get into than my first kayak, I was more comfortable in this one than my first as well.When I launched, I immediately noticed that I could track in a straight line with no effort at all, my first one kept wanting to go in circles.As I paddled, I used little effort to move out, navigation was a breeze, turns were effortlessly accomplished. Back at port getting out of the PELICAN was easy as well. I tell you, this kayak is sleek, fast and tracks true. I quickly learned to dislike my first kayak and will be selling it. I plan on buying a second PELICAN MAVERICK KAYAK in the very near future so my wife and I can kayak together.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the Money This was my first kayak. I bought to fish lakes/smaller rivers. As described, it tracks straight. Fishing from it was really easy. Very stable kayak. I can actually stand on it but I wouldn't advise trying to fight a fish. Getting in and out was pretty easy. Love the raised seat.The reason it only got 4 stars - The storage is pretty useless. The back hatch leads right into the hull. The front hatch isn't usable while in the kayak unless your arms are 3ft longer than your legs. I still love the kayak.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most bang for the buck I have to admit I had low expectations for this boat. I recently had to sell my Venture touring kayak due to knee problems and just need something to float around in. This boat makes me more than happy. It tracks pretty well and is reasonably fast and reponsive. For the money, I don't see how you can go wrong.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Kayak I bought this Kayak a few weeks ago. I absolutely love it. Before buying this, I've kayaked in a pool twice, but nothing more than that. The first time I went in this, I went on a flat non-motorized boat lake, and was amazed with how sturdy it was. I thought since I'm in open water, I'd maybe flip once or twice just because of how new I was, but no. It was super stable. While the sales associate at Dick's wasn't an expert on kayaks, he did point out the benefits of having a longer kayak. He told me the longer the kayak, the longer it will go in a straight direction in the water. Also, it can hold much more weight than the 10 foot.After finding out the day I was looking at kayaks in store, it was the last day of the sale for this one, then I had to rush to another location that had the specific one I wanted. When I went down there, I bought it, and they allowed me to hold it there for a couple days while I get my rack set up. Then, after that, I went home and used it on a lake near my house. I love it. Being out on the water is so relaxing. This kayak is a great for beginners such as myself.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great!!! Love it... the only thing is the back cargo net elastic broke :(
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Kayak tracking is good and bought it for my husband and he's pleased, nice features, but again if buying online, it would beneficial for a popup window to ask the buyer where they plan on storing it and making some suggestions afterwards to get any accessories needed at the same time.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10' is neat, but 12' cannot be beat!... I love kayaking...long river paddles for hours or just poking around the 'water weeds' looking for turtles and nutria. I feel better in my kayak than almost any other time. I have been kayaking since 2002. I have had the chance to paddle many different plastic kayaks. Somehow...I managed to not kayak AT ALL last summer(!!!)and even sold the two kayaks we had. But then...I realized that I could not go another summer without kayaking the great rivers; lakes and smaller waterways we have in and around Portland. I started looking around at kayaks and came across the PELICAN boats out of Canada. The first model I looked at(and tried soon after)was the 10' '100Trailblazer'. Nice kayak and VERY comfortable! I was attracted also by the super nice on-sale price. I mentioned above: I like tto the poking around that short and maneuverable kayaks are best at...but I also love driving a kayak straight ahead and at a good speed THIS is where having a 12' boat better performs. Yet, not being a more extreme and fast 14' or 16' boat(I have owned/paddled as well)...the 12' gives you a better balance of performance for speed(stable tracking)AND you can get it in and around those edges you want to explore as well.More precisely, as much as I liked the price and the 100trailblazer...I found it to not track so well; I had to baby it to keep it from wagging...meaning that I could not paddle it with the strength/as soon as one can a longer keeled boat. Nor did I find the 100TB as stable a tracker as other 10' keeled boats i have paddled. Which matters to me, given EITHER type of paddling I like to do. I did not find it to serve either PARTICULARLY well...and yet with it's comfort and price I can say that it is a respectable boat that most(as reviews prove)especially who are entry level recreational kayakers will love. I realize that i have a lot of varied experience with kayaks so i am trying to be fair and not compare 'apples to oranges' here. That said...and because i like the Pelican boats...I decided to move up to Pelicans 12' Maverick. I would have been happy with a 12' Trailblazer...but they do not have that. On the Maverick you get the so important added 2 feet in the keel, but as well some nice add touches on the kayak otherwise. Even on sale, the Maverick cost me substantially more(even on sale...and I certainly appreciate the sale) but based on my overall kayaking experience...I cannot stress how important to kayak efficiency(and so fun!) a boat of at least 12' feet is! ESPECIALY if you are a tall person with a strong paddle stroke that you want to be able to get the most from. A 12' kayak better carries a 200 pound paddler(and your gear!)...which I am. Many getting into kayaking may think 'a kayak is a kayak' but that is not so and you will learn(sooner of later) the important differences as you gain experience on the water. My first kayak ever was 9 foot and I had a BLAST with that thing! Kayakingis inherently good...but it can be great to awesome, if you get the RIGHT boat for both your size and your paddling strenth and type of places you want to go. Of course I can say that I could not as comfortably afford the Maverick as easily as the Trailblazer...both nice...but boat/keel length to width(and rider/gear weight)is SO important and you will be reminded of that EVERY time you take a stroke, as you see how well or not your choice works for you on the water in different situations. I think that the move up to the Maverick 12' will serve me well for the extra up front cost.Unfortunately, we cannot 'try before we buy' most kayaks at most retailers. So you have to go by other's experience. So I have been clear about my opinions on boat length especially. If you have big lakes to cross; long paddles to make you had best get the boat better designed for doing that. A kayaker soon learns what it takes to make the most of their paddle effort! The boat is critical. As long as we are shopping in the realm of budget boats...IMO the 12' is a vital foundation for you. As said,Pelican makes very nice budget boats. You can maximize how nice your actual time and energy paddling is, by getting the RIGHT one. Just want to slow poke around and paddle for short distances(?)...a 10' boat can be perfect for that. If you are a bigger person(200+/-)and need more speed and tracking stability for longer paddles(?) the 12' boat is where you need to be. If you want even MORE happiness from an always great sport. Also...I found the 12' to be very easy to ground handle. Easy to grab from it's balance points. I have seen 9 and 10 foot kayaks that wer harded to lift and load on a car. Hope this helped you?
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent yak for the money This is my first non-rented/borrowed/otherwise temporarily commandeered yak, but not my first boat... It took me awhile to settle on picking this one over an old town canoe trip 12x, but I'm so incredibly glad I went with this one. Sturdy, pretty honest tracking, and very comfortable for my broad 5' 5" frame. I was incredibly impressed with how much speed it can pick up on flat water without exorbitant amounts of effort, even with a paddle that was a bit too short for my liking (more on that in a moment.)Also, in case anyone was wondering, this website lists the weight capacity as totally wrong on the website here, at least at the time of this review. Here's all the specifications directly from the tag that was on the boat, as I'm pretty sure some of the specs on the item on the website are for the 100x, and not the 120x:length: 12ftbeam: 29"cockpit width: 24.5"cockpit length: 50"weight: 51lbs******MAX CAPACITY: 375LBS*****Hull material: RamXIf you're a bigger person or broader person, this is the yak for you if you don't want or need an angler kayak nor a sit-on-top. At the time of this review, this is the only 350lb or better weight capacity sit-in boat that is both non-angler that is available in the physical store (usually by special order around Pittsburgh at least, but if you call around a store or two does keep them in stock, that's how I got mine - maybe your area stocks differently?) I'm not a small lady. Not huge, but not small. about 230lbs or so, and again, 5'5"ish. And I'm really broad for a girl, and I have duck feet. Plenty of room on all fronts, and it also felt almost stable enough to stand in, though I really don't particularly endorse doing that. Some power-boating jerks decided it would be fun to cut way too close to me while I was in the maverick and peel off, sending a pretty big wake right into starboard. Rocked like crazy, but never even felt like it was going to tip, nor did it take on any water, not even on the lowered deck platform on the stern. Pleasantly surprised again. My friend had a supposedly "bigger and better" yak (certainly in terms of price tag), and his looked like it was going to flip. He had to borrow my bilge pump to get the water out... I was completely dry. And this yak is easily half the cost of the one he was riding in. All the storage areas on deck are useful, though I agree that the forward hatch could stand to be more securely lidded for transportation. It will stay on, but it's weird to have it hanging loose from the boat while driving. Not ideal. The watertight day-hatch is truly watertight, and hopefully will stay that way through multiple seasons. But about that paddle thing from earlier, and yes it's longer than my yak review, but it needs said, regardless of which yak you choose to get: Dear Dick's Sporting Goods: your method of training employees on how to pick a paddle is laughable for anyone under 6ft, or if you're trying to outfit someone in a recreational or angler yak over a touring or sea kayak. Rec and angler boats are WIDE. Your paddle recommendations for anyone on the average height or shorter spectrum will barely put the paddle in the water with a vast majority of the boats carried by Dick's.....What I do I mean by that? Your height is one of 2 major factors in choosing a paddle, and, yes I'm including this in this review as having the right paddle (or wrong one...) will absolutely affect your ability to move and enjoy this truly delightful boat, and Dick's training will give you a too-stumpy paddle, a sore back, and an irritating ride in this boat, unless you're built like Lurch... in which case, congratulations on your advantage in this area! But for the rest of us.... Don't trust the dick's employee as the sole source to get you with the right paddle unless they kayak regularly themselves. The usual "fingertip" test over the paddle blade will yield you with a paddle that is too short to get into the water in this yak. Apparently they teach their employees to have you hold a paddle vertically next to you, then reach a hand over the top blade, claiming that "the right fit" is if your fingers can barely get over the edge of the tip of the blade. That would put me with a 180cm paddle. I bought a 210cm paddle, and it's still a smidge too short for this yak. Doable, certainly, but I will be getting a 220-230cm paddle in the near future. I can't even reach the top of the one I have, so according to Dick's training, it's far too long for me, but it's actually a little too short to dig into the water in this yak short of leaning instead of just rotating my torso (i.e., how i have to paddle vs how I should be paddling). The wide and admittedly really comfy cockpit means you have to reach more than you should with your paddle if it's too short. While their suggestions aren't wrong, they simply don't factor in the needs of their own boats. That is purely how to fit a paddle quickly to the height of a person. Easier way? Sit in the kayak you want to buy and see if you think you're going to be whacking the paddle off your knees once the boat is adjusted (foot rests, etc) to where you'd need it. Ultimately, that's the real test. But you can hit up the google for an old school paddle length chart based on torso length, which is really a lot closer system for Dick's wide cockpit yaks than Dick's own measuring techniques.I mention all of this, as if you don't have a comfortable and reliable paddle, you will not have a comfortable or reliable time in the water, regardless of which yak you buy. It's a people powered boat. Not getting the paddle close to right would be like cutting a propeller off the motor boat and wondering why it's not going anywhere. Take the time to research proper paddle measuring. You're already here, on the internets. Pull up a new page and look for it - if you're looking at this yak, it's because you probably need or prefer something broad and comfy. Don't waste $400 on a well-researched yak just to blow your experience on a ill-fitting paddle.
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun! This is my first kayak and I've been out on the lake with it once so far and am looking forward to hours of fun. It's stable enough for a beginner, handles easily, and is both well made and comfortable. I bought it online with store pickup and was very satisfied with the experience. The store staff was helpful in selecting paddles (bought 2 boats) and installing the car top carrier. Very satisfied with buying from Dick's
Date published: 2016-06-08
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