After my little adventure around Peanut Island the other day, not to mention the excitement of paddling Sparky to shore on a few windy days recently, I think we’re finally due for an upgrade. Both of us almost went for a swim trying to get back on the boat in some choppy conditions, so I decided it we really need a bigger and more stable kayak.
That kayak is going to be the Pelican Summit 100X kayak. This kayak is a great balance between performance and other features that makes it perfect for full-time use on a boat. It’s very strong, light weight, and at a great price.
At 10′ the Summit 100X is on the larger side for recreational use sit in kayaks (I consider 12′ and up to be performance and/or specialty). What this means is it’s going to be a little faster due to greater hull speed (the maximum speed for any boat is determined by the length of its hull).
It also means it’s going to be better in choppy water than smaller kayaks thanks to the greater buoyancy of the larger hull. Besides being a little more stable, waves are also less likely to break over the bow and into the kayak. We got drenched by a breaking wave, while trying to get back onto the boat from the little guy we used to have. That won’t be a problem with this one!
Thanks to Pelican’s manufacturing process, even at 10′ it weighs less than 35 lbs, so getting it on and off a boat will be very easy.
The adjustable padded backrest and seat pad will keep you comfortable even after hours of paddling. The summit features adjustable foot pegs as well, which translates to more power. Having your feet firmly planted will help stabilize you, and therefore give you a little bit of a stronger stroke.
There is a large stern storage hatch and bungees on the bow for carrying plenty of gear. The hatch isn’t watertight, same as with most kayaks in this price range, but you can easily keep it dry with this simple fix.
The large cockpit makes entering and exiting this kayak very easy, a must if you’re using it on a boat. And there’s even a bottle holder in front of the cockpit, great for flat water paddling…or for holding a beer if you’re in the Keys. The shallow v-chine hull on the Summit helps with tracking and provides great maneuverability, while not being too unstable for beginners…or crazy little dogs.
Length: 10’ – 305 cm
Beam: 28’’ – 71 cm
Depth: 14’’ – 36 cm
Cockpit Width: 23.6’’ – 60 cm
Cockpit Length: 51.25’’ – 130 cm
Weight: 35 lbs – 16 Kg
Max Capacity: 275 lbs- 125 Kg
As with most kayaks, the Summit 100X doesn’t come with a life vest or paddle. The one I’m currently using is the Carlisle Magic Mystic. The Magic Mystic is right hand indexed, which still works fine for me as a lefty, and it paddles very efficiently with very little splash.
The Pelican Summit 100X wasn’t designed for big waves or rapids, but it will do better in heavy chop than the smaller sit ins. It’s fast for its size and very maneuverable, even in tight spaces.
The light weight makes it very easy to move around, and easiy to haul out of the water, so it’s great for use on a boat. With the large stern storage area, and the large cockpit, it may also be a good choice for use as a dinghy.
Update: It looks like the Summit 100X is no longer available. The Matrix 100X and the Intrepid 100X have similar tops and both appear to have the same hull as the Summit. These models also feature knee pads on the cockpit coaming, for more comfort when paddling.