Pelican Vortex DLX 80 Kayak

Pelican Vortex DLX 80 Kayak is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 95.
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Pelican Vortex DLX 80 Kayak
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The Pelican® Vortex 80DLX Kayak is an ideal kayak for beginners and more experienced paddlers alike. Featuring an adjustable backrest and molded seat, the Vortex 80DLX is comfortable enough to stay out on the lake for hours. The bow and stern carry handles and lightweight design make it easy to transport to and from the shore for a day of fun on the water!


  • Designed for all skill sets
  • Adjustable padded backrest
  • Bow and stern carrying handles
  • Elastic bungee cords on stern
  • Molded seat
  • Carry handles
  • Drain plug
  • Not rudder capable
  • Manufacturer’s two-year limited extended warranty on hull and deck
  • Manufacturer's one-year warranty on components and accessories


  • Length: 7'9"
  • Beam: 28”
  • Depth: 14”
  • Cockpit width: 24.5”
  • Cockpit length: 41.5”
  • Carry weight: 28 lbs
  • Maximum weight capacity: 200 lbs
  • Brand: Pelican
  • Country of Origin: Imported


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adults should go up a size. This kayak is tough, light and easy to carry or put on your car. However, my 155 lb. rides uncomfortably close to the water's surface. If you'll only ever use it on a glassy lake you'll be fine, but if you expect some chop you may find yourself taking on water. I'd feel more comfortable if I had sized up to the 100.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pelican vortex love this short lighteight kayak that tracks well on long voyages.. fits in my subaru forester and I can manage it on my own....
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice kayak for beginners Great little kayak for the novice, but it took some practice keeping it stable in the water. Had a blast with it. Buy at the store!!! Shipping cost more than the kayak!!!
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our 9 year old! I looked at the youth sit on top but reviews kept mentioning 5 and 6 year olds using. I wanted something that would last my 9 year old a while. He's tall and skinny with the waist of an 8 year old, but this kayak was perfect fit for him. He used a 190 paddle which he did wonderfully with. He thinks he can go one size up from that as he hit the sides some, but I do that. lol This kayak could also be used with someone who is short or petite. It's not advertised as a kids kayak. I could use this if I wanted. There are no foot rests inside it but he didn't need. His back hurt a little on the trek back but that's pretty standard in most kayak seats I've found. A beach towel tucked behind his lower back fixed that. Best choice for our son.
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what we needed I wanted something less expensive than a paddle board so my 12 year old son could join me when I went out on the water. This kayak is perfect for him - just floating around the lake, enjoying scenery, getting a decent arm work out. I've used it too and really like it. It's very light so paddling takes it from side to side a bit but not as bad as an inflatable.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I am a beginner kayaker... first time out (ever) with my Pelican was great. It fit in the back of my Nissan Rogue and it was very light so I could carry around myself. Got in and out with no problem and had a great experience. It was very comfortable (I am 5'2")...
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kayak! I am using my Pelican Vortex for the second summer now. I have taken it on lakes and on rivers, both large and small. I have taken it on Lake Superior, though I do not recommend anyone else doing that without extensive kayaking experience. I've been in rough water and windy conditions. I have not had any problems getting from point A to point B. I feel very stable in it and can move through the water with ease. Since I have not used any other types of kayaks, I have no comparison as to speed. It takes me about 15 minutes to go a mile from what I figure. It fits into the back of my minivan. I have taken out the back seats of my minivan, but that is because I want to store all my summer excursion stuff, including the kayak in there. I would still be able to fit it in with the folding seat installed. Debating on getting a second one for my son, but he is 6'. Would buy again. Good enough for what I want to do.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute lil' Pelican I chose the Pelican Vortex DLX 80 Kayak primarily because I wanted to be able to transport it easily and be able to carry it myself. It is the perfect size and weight for me to handle. It is well-made and I love the colors (purchased both the lime green and turquoise.) I do wish it made a bit more storage, but that would be my only complaint. It does have a cup holder though, which is awesome. I would definitely recommend this little kayak to people who are looking for a light weight, really portable boat.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cat doesn't like it but I sure do I love this little kayak. I have kayaked a few times in my life and after hearing a lecture from my roommate about how I don't have enough fun and am too careful with money, I got an impulse tattoo and this wee baby kayak. Although my mother does not like the tattoo and my cat despises the kayak (seriously, even with a kitty life vest she won't come with me) I love them both. The kayak is agile and easy to transport. I can fit it in the back of my jeep patriot and off we go. However with the kayak in the car I cannot fit any passengers. So be aware of having an excuse to not drive lazy people around with the "oh I forgot to take my kayak out of my car.. man.. that sucks" line. Being a strapping young lad (actually lassie) of 22 this kayak is quite easy for me to carry down to the water. The two little bungee chords on the back are much more impressive than I thought they were going to be and easily fit a 1 ft by 8 in dry bag under them. It does not have foot braces but the shape of the kayak defiantly make up for them not being there. The only think I did not like is that the kayak did not come with a man named Palo (or something like that) whom would carry it around for me and make me little fruity drinks as I kayaked in circles. But alas... maybe I can use craigslist for that. Great boat. Highly recommend for midlife crisis or divorced dads trying to make them the cool parents by buying things for their kids. Or in my case, a great impulse buy for 22 year old college females that don't like social events and want to have awesomely large biceps.(Dicks Sporting Goods does not guarantee large biceps as a result of this purchase)
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kayak Bought this for my sister. She loves it! Fits in her car (crv) she can lift it and carry it no problem. She uses it to go to the lake and lounges and easy paddlingOnly downfall was having it shipped and paying a lot of money for the delivery guy to just drop it down. Very disappointing
Date published: 2016-07-18
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