Pelican Vortex DLX 80 Kayak
NOW: $199.99 (20% off!)
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
Country of Origin: ImportedWeb ID: 12586849
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 93 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jake A wee little boat The first thing to know about this kayak is that it is a wee little boat. How wee? 7'9" long. I bought two of these for my wife and me for pond paddling. I wanted something I could easily chuck in the back of the minivan without bothering with roof racks and all that stuff, and this fit that requirement. But it's better than that! I can fit both of them in my PRIUS! With the hatch down! And still have room for my wife and I, plus plenty of room in the back for gear and such. Now, I know what you're thinking - Priuses are awesome. And you're right! But even so. Two kayaks in a compact car is pretty amazing. Now, there are some downsides to a wee little kayak. The first being they're not so good for big people. This one is rated for 200lbs, and I wouldn't want to push it. I weigh 170 and it's riding a bit low in the water with me in it. Second, it's ridiculously short. Your feet are right up in the prow (i.e. the pointy part in front). I'm 5'9" and it's fine for me but my 6'1" son did not find it acceptable. Another drawback is there is nowhere to put your stuff, except a wimpy little bungie thing in the back. The last major drawback is performance. As I mentioned, this kayak rides low in the water because it's so small, so to displace enough water it has to submerge deeper than a kayak with a larger area would. It's also rather chubby, so it doesn't exactly knife through the water. Just like my Prius, you won't be winning any races in this one. It doesn't track particularly straight, swinging back and forth about 5 degrees with each stroke. I wouldn't take this out on open water with big waves either. But it is very maneuverable and easy to turn. Another benefit of its small size is its low weight. It only weighs about 25lbs, and is easy to pick up in one hand. When I go out paddling with my wife, I just pick up both, one in each hand like two big suitcases, and stroll down to the water with them. So easy. But the best part of all is in the parking lot, laughing at all those people wrestling their big kayaks up to the roof of their cars, with those big ugly racks on top, lashing them down and what not, while I just slide my two Vortex DLX 80's into the Prius and leave! June 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by calmwater good starter my 10 year old daughter hopped right in and took off paddling before we could even get our kayaks in the water. Very easy to handle. Wish they would of made it possible to access the space behind the seat thou. Its sealed off. June 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by TKA Going to the lake.... I am new to kayaking and this kayak fits my needs for a starter kayak. I like that it is smaller and easy for me to carry. It was a little wobbly when I first went on the water... until I got used to it and was able to maneuver it better. I don't feel like it will tip over. It is good quality and seems like it will last a long time. I liked that I was able to put my back seats down in my Ford Focus and put it in the trunk...as I have no car top carrier. It sticks out a way, but I secured it with bungee cords. I am so excited to be able to take it out again soon. The only thing I would change is that I wish for the price that it would have come with an adjustable paddle, instead of spending more money to get one. June 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nan19 fun little boat! we were looking for lightweight kayaks to take onto the New river and local lakes...got exactly what we were looking for. Easy to carry, relatively stable...easy to get in and out of! June 14, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by paddlegirl What a way to go! We love our Pelican Vortex kayaks. They are great boats for poking along the lake shore, into marshes, or up slow rivers. A great bargain especially on sale. June 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ebrum Loved this Kayak This kayak was for my 11 year old son. He had a blast with it. It is very sturdy and he went up and down Rapids without any difficulty. He never tipped over and learned how to paddle with ease. This was his first time in a kayak and he fell in love with it. The kayak is light weight and easily maneuverable. June 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Je Great price, easy pick up So pleased with our new kayaks. When we went to pick them up, we first headed upstairs to select some paddles. When the salesman found out we were there to pick up an online order, he went above and beyond to make the whole process quick and easy. The entire staff was helpful and pleasant. We know we'll make great use of the kayaks and will shop more often at Dick's. June 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane Great for calm rivers I am a 5 ft, 115 lb female and my boyfriend is a 5 ft 7 185 lb male. We purchased a pair of these kayaks, one for each of us. I'm a relative newbie to paddling and this is my first kayak. I consider myself pretty cautious and some of the reviews about this kayak being "unstable" worried me. The second I got the Pelican Vortex in the water my nerves almost instantly disappeared. This boat is pretty darn stable. I had NO problem with tipping or even feeling near tipping. I was out on a calm river for 4 hours and was at ease the whole time. Even though my bf is pretty near the 200lb weight limit, he had no problem with stability either. The complaints about this kayak not tracking are valid. But an 8ft, relatively wide boat can't be expected to track well, and I'm fine with this. However, given that it's a wider boat I recommend longer paddles. To give you an idea, on this boat I'm comfortable with 220, though I typically use 180 for narrower kayaks. May 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tbrookew Love this little boat! Absolutely love this boat! So easy to carry around and it fits right in my car. It handles smoothly even on choppy waters in the lake. Only complaint I have is the fact that there are no good peddles. I usually stick a life jacket in the end for extra stability. May 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by gweman Great Kayak Not quite as smooth as a 10 foot kayak, but runs quite well. I actually thought I was getting a 10 footer, but this works. Easier to tote around than a 10 footer! April 1, 2016