Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem Kayak Reviewed

If you love water sports, there is a good chance that you will enjoy kayaking. Many people enjoy kayaking because it allows them to be very close to the water and give them a great chance to be active while also staying cool.

Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem

However, there are many kayaks that only allow one person on at a time. This is why it might be a source of excitement that there are also kayak that will allow two people on at the same time. One such kayak is the Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem. It will allow two people to sit comfortably for a great experience.

Pelican is a well-known manufacturer of all sorts of watercraft, including kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, fishing boats, and more. They are a big fan of uniqueness and design. For more than five decades, Pelican has been using their knowledge of thermoforming in order to create the highest quality products at very affordable prices for customers.

Note: As the Pelican River Gorge 130x kayak is currently unavailable in most online shops, we suggest trying out similar rigid kayak, the Lifetime Tandem 10-foot.


The Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem has a variety of features that many people might enjoy. Some of these features are as follows:

  • Comfortable accommodation of two kayakers with an Ergofit seating system that provides plenty of support for both individuals
  • Cushioned seats that provide superior support to kayakers, with a padded seat cushion and adjustable backrest cushion
  • Lightweight kayak that is easy to carry, with two carrying handles that are completely retractable
  • Sit on top kayak that contains an open cockpit
  • Includes a rear tank well with bungee leasing that allows you to store all your gear, as well as a two quick lock hatch
  • Twin-arched Multi-Chine hull design that will give you a great amount of stability, as well as great tracking with a very high maximum capacity of 500 lbs
  • Includes a variety of amenities, including paddle tie downs in order to safely store your paddles when you do not need them, bottle holders, molded footrests that will give you secure foot bracing and comfort, and four accessory eyelets that are good for the attaching of optional gear on your kayak

Great for Two

This kayak is specifically designed for people who are looking to share an adventure on the water with a friend or loved one. It is only 73 lbs and will allow both you and your companion to be able to easily transport it wherever you are deciding to go.

The Gorge 130x is great for someone who is looking to experience a relaxing and stable day on the water, particularly during warm weather. It will give you a variety of great amenities, including a flat bottom stable on the ground, so that you will be able to load it more easily. It provides superior capacity when compared to other kayaks, which is why you can fit up to 500 lbs in it.


This type of kayak is known for its agility and will give the kayaker excellent maneuverability. It is known for good tracking as well, and it is great for people who are looking to cover long amounts of distance with not a high amount of force. It’s a very stable kayak and great for beginners and anglers. Additionally, it will provide you with a high amount of speed, even with all the stability that it provides.

Durability and Stability

Pelican makes these kayaks with only the highest quality materials. They are a leader in the industry when it comes to twin sheet thermoforming, or TST. This is a highly precise procedure that will greatly enhance the structural rigidity of the watercraft. It fuses the deck and hull together using very high pressure and heat.

It contains three layers, all of which contribute to making the kayak as durable, stable, and attractive as possible. The proprietary multi-layer material is known as RAM X premium. It is made of a very durable High molecular weight polyethylene. It provides a higher amount of rigidity than standard polyethylene does, because of an advanced resin that is located in the top layer. This allows the designers to use a smaller amount of material for the same durability, making the boat not only is different stronger, but also lighter and easier to transport and maneuver.

The kayak does not come with paddles, so if you want to paddle, you will need to buy separate ones.

What Do Users Say?

Overall, people have positive things to say about the Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem. They do say that they are comfortable when more than one person is on the kayak, but they also say that because the kayak is so heavy, it actually does take two people to be able to transport it around. There are no hand grips where one person would even be able to try to lift it.

However, for the most part, people do say that it is very well-constructed and made with the best materials. It’s very durable and easy to handle, and it gives people a good experience on the water, especially if they want to be on the water in a tandem fashion. It gives people a lot of room and is very comfortable. It also tracks very well and is very stable and easy to use with paddles. However, there are users that say that the kayak would be better if it would come with paddles, as you do have to purchase the paddles separately with this particular product.

In some cases, the kayaks arrived to the customers with damages, such as scrapes, scratches, and gouges. However, they did say that when they addressed these damages with customer service, customer service was very responsive and handled the situation well.

Pros and Cons


As is the case with any product, the Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Some of the advantages are as follows:

  • Very high quality and sturdy construction, high durability of materials
  • Steady in the water and provides great tracking
  • Very comfortable for two people to enjoy a kayaking experience together

Of course, even though many people are happy with this product, it comes with disadvantages as well. Some of these are as follows:

  • Quite heavy and because of its construction, it does take two people to be able to transport it properly
  • Storage compartments do not do the best job of keeping items dry
  • Some of the kayaks arrive with damages, although customer service is very responsive when this happens


Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5

If you are interested in the Pelican River Gorge 130x Tandem, you might find that it gives you a great kayaking experience. If you have a person that you would like to go kayaking with, it might just be the right product for you.