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Pelican Vortex 80DLX Kayak

Pelican Vortex 80DLX Kayak - Dick's Sporting Goods
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The Pelican« Vortex 80DLX Kayak is an ideal kayak for beginners and more experienced paddlers alike. Featuring an adjustable padded backrest, molded seat and seat cushion, the Vortex 80DLX is comfortable enough to stay out on the lake for hours. Handy features like the bow and stern carry handles and paddle tie-down make it easy to transport.

  • Adjustable padded backrest
  • Bow and stern carrying handles
  • Elastic bungee cords on stern
  • Molded seat
  • Seat cushion
  • Paddle keeper
  • Carry handles
  • Drain plug


  • Length: 7'9"
  • Beam: 28"
  • Depth: 14"
  • Cockpit width: 24.5"
  • Cockpit length: 41.5"
  • Carry weight: 28 lbs
  • Max. capacity: 200 lbs
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Country of Origin: Imported
Web ID: 12586849

Customer Reviews:

Pelican Vortex 80DLX Kayak 4.5 5 39 39
Great little boat My husband and I are looking to get into kayaking a bit more. We both have paddling experience, but not much and not recent. We bought these expecting to get better at the sport before "upgrading," but after trying them out, I'll be quite happy with these for basic day trips. We took these out this weekend on the local lake, and I was very impressed by how quickly they moved. The tracking is not terrific, but we didn't have too much trouble moving in a general direction. There was light wake from motor vehicles, and the kayak just bobbed along without any issues. The best riding, of course, was on flat water. My husband is 5'10" and I am 5'3," and we both felt comfortable. Transport is easy-- we can actually fit two into my husband's hatchback (but then no passenger) while we wait for the roof rack to arrive. I can carry my gear, snacks and kayak to the water without help, which I like. September 1, 2012
Perfect for calm lakes I bought this to use when I do not have time to take my bigger kayak. It fits in the back of my SUV so I use it on my way home from work for an evening exercise. Easy to carry and transport. As it is small and short I would not want to use it in rough water. But for what I got it for it is perfect. August 6, 2012
Terrific! Our kids ( 9 & 12) saved their money and bought this kayak. I couldn't be happier. They love it. It's easy to use and easy to maneuver. I also was able to use it. I'm 5'5 and 130 lbs and had no problem getting in and out. It was a great buy at Dicks. We purchased it for [$]. It's also light weight and daddy didn't need to carry it :-) July 15, 2012
Great!! Me and my peepas love the kayak. very stable and slices through waves! Can't beat the price! July 10, 2012
great for what I wanted Light. I can carry it myself down to the water. I use it on the lake, it is stable for me, a 140 lb 62 yr old, 4'4" woman with a beagle on my lap. LOL. Its not fast but I don't go fast. It would be nice if there was a storage port in the back and one would fit there just fine. I am going to give it the old 4 star rating because it serves exactly the purpose I bought it for. Inexpensive, light, stable, and rides in the back of my 1985 300ZX, with a bungee cord tie down on the hatch just great. June 26, 2012
Great Kayak on Sale I am giving this kayak 5 stars because I bought it at the sale price of [$] with a $10 off coupon so for [$] there is no doubt that this is worth it. Some folks do not like the size or the seat but honestly this is what it is and it's not trying to be a $500 kayak. I wanted something small and did not want to spend a lot of money. It is light enough to carry one handed. I weigh about 170# and didn't have any issues with weight limits on the kayak. The seat will most likely need to be replaced because it is cheap but it's good for now. As a beginner and someone that is just looking to get out on the lake once in a while to relax I highly recommend this kayak. I didn't have any issues with keeping it stable or maneuvering (I am pretty used to canoeing). I even tried it in the pool first because I was a bit afraid after listening to everyone else about how hard it could be, but again I had no issues. Wait for the sales because it seems like they are always on sale. One week it was [$], the next [$] then back to [$]. I also picked up the Quest Chute Aluminum paddle that is adjustable and two pieces and I'm very happy with that also. June 24, 2012
Bought on a whim... Great Deal My buddy and I picked up a couple of these on a whim and headed straight for our favorite creek with them. It is a moderate sized creek in the mountain foothills of Virginia that can range from 12ft to 4in deep. We have canoed it many times but by the end of spring the water level drops so much we end up getting out and carrying the canoe nearly half of our 8 mile regular stretch. This kayak got us through all but about 100yds of the trip. It took no time at all to get comfortable and feel stable. It is extremely maneuverable only taking one good paddle stroke to turn 90 degrees or more. At 180 lbs I am pushing the wait limit but didn't find it to be a problem. Every kayak I've ever used got water in it, unless you use a skirt but this one is super easy to drain. Pull the plug and stand it on end. The seat cushion is going to come off. There isn't much to it to begin with, so if you need a cushion, a cheap stadium cushion works great. The hull has taken some solid impacts with granite rock and is holding up great. The best feature for me though, is its size and weight. Some of the places we go include up to a mile hike just to get to the water and I'm not exhausted after carrying the boat in. As far as storage goes though, pack light. June 12, 2012
Fun for the price This is a fun kayak and nice for the sale price. Had a great time on the Indian River Bay paddling around back in canals and lagoons. Stable and maneuverable enough for a beginner. My 14 year old son loves it. However the seat cushion is very poor quality and was very dissappointed that the seat was torn beyond repair after the first day of use. With normal use, just getting in and out the cushion was torn apart in pieces from under the plastic rivets. June 8, 2012
Too small for a 6 footer who weights 185 This kayak sinks to the coaming under my weight (185) thus allowing water on board when waves are over one foot. There was no other weight on board. The seat cushion ripped off on the second day when I slid into the cockpit during beach boarding. This canoe's capacity is rated as 200lbs but it should be rated as 150lbs. Very tipping unless in placid water. This kayak should be advertised for children only or for placid water use only. June 8, 2012
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