Rated 3 out of 5 by james Read this
The Pelican Pathfinder 100 - 10 footer.
The goods: lightweight, easy to carry and a good value. comfortable, steers well and is simple to use. At 10 feet, fits most cars, easy to tie down.
The bad: The cup holder - ouch..., the water skirt does not stay on and is hard to find. you will have water coming in. bad design.
Verdict: If you're going to be a first time kayak, this Pelican is for you. Take it out and enjoy. its lightweight and easy to maintain.
August 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by First Time Kayaker First Timers
Purchased two of these because they were on sale. Read the reviews once we got home and became very nervous. I'm 6'-2" and 260lbs and many reviews stated these would tip easy and not handle waves and they don't track well. Took them out this weekend and these are amazing! Tracked well, handled my size well and got into rough water and no problems, very stable kayak. My wife and I are first time kayakers and we both thought these were great. Lite weight enough to maneuver in and out of the water. Excellent purchase.
July 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by LG Kayaker Cant beat the price and the product
Go for it... I researched for days online re:Kayaks.. and had the BEST ever most knowledgeable salesperson, Ben the Kayak King ,at the Glens Falls NY store... he spent a long time describing all the pluses and minuses of all the kayaks.. and I settled on this one. The bottom foam cushion seat ripped slightly the 2nd time I used it .. but it's fine.. I may have to use a bottom seat cushion if it gets worse.. but its comfortable at least, which in cheaper kayaks that's an issue. For the price this is definitely worth it( if you buy it on sale like I did for $199).. The entire package with vest and paddle was less than $300. - THAT'S a great deal.. and it handles fine.I even tested it in rough waters and it was good..If you are planning on kayaking 30 -40 times a year ,as I do, this is a great deal! My sister has the LLBean Manatee kayak for 2x the price.. and tho it is made better... its heavier, and that one tracks terribly... its only 8.5 ft tho.. so that's probably why.
July 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by seeboy10 Great product for money
We were looking for recreation kayak without breaking our wallet and we found it with this Potomac Pathfinder 100 Kayak. This kayak Is great for that purpose. If you want a good kayak that has basic features and is easy to manager even for a 10 year old look no further. We saw similar kayak for up to $100.00 more. this price also allowed purchase two for the price of one. Go enjoy the outdoors without the expensive alternatives
July 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ry Great kayak!
I am new to kayaking and this is a great value! I am 6'3" 220# and am able to take my son or daughter 6 & 9 yrs old (seat them directly in front of me) without a problem. It is very simple to manuever and easy for beginners to use. My children can paddle the two of us around fairly easily too. We used it in Lake Erie and also in a small pond so far and love it! No complaints!
July 28, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Indyyaker Not worth the cheap price
I wanted a second kayak for my friends to use. Got this kayak for a good price. I liked the lighweight plastic material and the color. However, it tracked horribly. Could not make it go straight. It might be ok for streams and rivers, where you sit back and let the current do the work. However, for paddling lakes, forget it. I took it back.
July 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zoomer167 Pathfinder - Catalyst comparison
Ok - so reviewed the Path100 about 3 months ago and have since bought a Cat100. We now have a 'fleet' of 2 Path100s and a Flagship Cat100. I have used both - this is for those of you tying to decide between the 2. I am 6 ft. 200 lbs. and use them on lakes and < Class 3 rivers.
Hull - The Path100 has a more 'V' shaped hull which tends to be a little tipsier than the Cat100 whose hull is more of a flat 'U'. Both handle well in the water but you must sit lower in the Path100 to get the same stability as the Cat100. The Path 100 is definitely more tipsy upon getting in and out of the boat. The Cat100 hull also has a more defined keel which means it does track better. The Cat100 handles better with motorboat traffic #always paddle into the waves# the Path100 feels like you are more of a fishing bobbin bouncing up and down.
Storage - The Path100 has a single storage container in stern but it is not waterproof at all - although you could use some silica compound to make the seal more waterproof. The Path100 has storage in stern and bow that are both very water resistant - but not airtight waterproof. According to specs you can carry 50 more lbs. on the Cat100 and I believe it.
Seating / comfort - Both the Path100 and Cat100 have good open space for your legs and body. You will not feel cramped at all in either. The Cat100 does have a much better seat that is more durable and comfortable - especially good for longer trips or picky people! The Path100 seat has torn from attachments already but is still in place and functional for now. I use / recommend a cushion with both boats.
Build / amenities - The Cat100 definitely feels more ridged and stable but it weighs 10 lbs. more than the Path100. Both are 10 feet long. Both can be carried like a suitcase to and from the water. A reasonably strong person can get them up on the roof of a vehicle, both the Path100 and Cat100 can easily be handled by 2 people.
The Cat100 also has deeper cup holders and designated places to mount fishing hardware. Cat100 is definitely has more and better options and stability when it comes to fishing if that is your thing.
A spray skirt could be put on the Cat100 but I don't think the Path100 is cut deep enough to do that.
10 feet is a good length for recreational lakes and up to class 3 rivers. I have no idea about class 4 or 5 and do not care to go there. Longer kayaks go faster and ride smoother but are not as nimble . . .shorter ones are more nimble but slower and do not ride as smooth. It is a tradeoff you must decide . . .
Both these Kayaks float when submerged #not all kayaks do# but I added a noodle to each just bc they are cheap and flex and fit easily and add more floatation without compromising space - a good thing.
Is the Cat100 worth $150 more than the Path100? If you have the $ and think you want to get kindof serious with trips, tougher water and value comfort or fish then definitely yes. If you are just going to be an recreational occasional user then the Path100 is a fine inexpensive boat to get started in then upgrade to Cat100 later.
Hope this helps - Zoomer.
July 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brown Floater For $150 stop whining...
This is obviously an inexpensive entry level kayak that is excellent if you are just getting into the sport. All of the gripes below may be true, but it floats and moves when you paddle it, so what do you expect for $150. All of the issues with tracking, tipping, etc. will only make you a better paddler with practice. So if you are physically fit and new to the sport, this is a great kayak to learn on for two reasons: 1) If you find out you don't like the sport or do not have time to put into the process (transportation to the lake, setup, etc.), then you have not wasted much money with the experiment, and 2) The shortcomings of the design will force you to overcome them by learning how to paddle efficiently and keep your weight balanced while in the cockpit. Regarding the premature wear and tear issues, this product is just like any other in that it will do just fine if you take good care of it.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Conrad Great Kayak
This kayak has taken me on some sweet adventures. I bought this kayak because it was affordable and wanted to make sure I liked kayaking before I spend big money on a really nice one. I have taken this kayak out on Lake Erie many of times and it has handled just fine I wouldnt recommend taking it out with anything over a foot or two its not meant for it which I knew that when I bought it. I can say I have stressed tested this kayak out I took it down in the Rocky River Right after some storms and it was a blast going through some ruff and fast waters but again its was not designed for that either I'm just a thrill seeker.
This kayak is a great flat river kayak. I am a big boy 5'8 250 pounds it handled my weight just fine I was worried about being close to the max weight. I have never kayaked before and had no problems using this kayak the seat is vary comfortable and steers straight when paddling. To all the other people who say this kayak is tippy I have had no problems in that department I have had other people who have never kayaked before and none of them said it was tippy. My only flaw I think this kayak has is the back hatch should be waterproof and it would be nice if they made a skirt for it.
July 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by Steph What a great deal
I purchased this as the first kayak I have ever owned, though I have kayaked several times in my life.
Some basic fact about me:
5'3", 135 lbs, 19 years old, female. Athletic.
I purchased this mostly because I love the outdoors and love exercise, and didn't want to drop over $250 on a kayak. I read up on several, both used and new, and I was wary of this Potomac because of the scarce bad reviews it got.
After going into Dick's and looking at several, I decided on purchasing this one. I am SO happy that I did! I am surrounded by lakes and ponds, and it handles so well on them. It moved perfectly and I found it incredibly stable. I'm sure if you stood up or rocked violently, it would rock, yes, but for general kayaking, this is perfect. It also has floatation in the back and I believe the front so it would be difficult to sink.
Just for reference: my father is 5'7"-5'8" and around 200 lbs, he tried it and could maneuver easily, and did not tip or anything. However, he said that if he were to purchase one for himself, he would probably buy something a little bit longer.
Such a great deal, and I am absolutely ecstatic that I didn't spend more - this is a great little boat for paddling around!
TRANSPORTING IT: I drive a tiny subcompact car - a Saturn SL1, 1999 - and this fits very well with the back seats down and jammed in the back. I have rigged up a rope system where I can close the trunk over it, and it only sticks out a couple of feet #I mark it with an orange flag#. I was also able to take it home in my father's Chevy Impala #though it didn't fit as well#.
July 22, 2013