In a way, searching for a kayak is like hunting for a home. Just like a home, a kayak is a major investment that costs a sizeable amount of money and, as such, isn’t something you should buy on a whim. On the contrary, you want to do a healthy amount of research first because just as different homes are suited to different people, different kayaks can be huge scores or mistakes depending on your personal position.
If you are just getting started on the property ladder, buying a bigger, more expensive home may seem like an impossibility. On the other hand, if you already have a home, buying a bigger and better one is a natural part of climbing the ladder. The same holds true with finding a kayak. If you are just starting to learn how to kayak, you may not want to invest in a bigger, more expensive model, but if you have been doing it for some time then investing in a larger, well-crafted model might be a winning move.
The situation in which you find yourself can also play a big role on what kind of house or kayak you want. Someone looking to rent a room for university or buy a small kayak to learn in will have a different wish list from one who has a family or is an experienced kayaker.
All of that context comes to bear when judging kayaks such as the Pelican Sentinel 100x. This is a kayak that comes with a lot of extra features. That and the cost of maintaining such a kayak can feel overwhelming for someone who’s new to the kayaking world. For those who are more experienced at kayaking, however, they can feel at home sweet home in the comfy confines of a Pelican Sentinel 100x Angler cockpit.
Features of Pelican Sentinel 100x
Some of the most important features to consider when taking a look at the Pelican Sentinel 100x are:
- Measures 114 in. x 30 in. x 11 in.
- Roughly 10 ft long
- 300 lbs carrying capacity
- 30 in. wide
- 41 lbs
- Roto molded hull made from Ram-X
- Elevated seat design
- Anti-slip carpet
- Pet-friendly interior
- Bungee cords for storage
- Bottle holder
- Molded footrest
- ErgoLounge Seating System
- Adjustable seat and backrest
Ten feet and 30 in. wide is a nice in-between number for the Pelican Sentinel 100x. That isn’t so big as to be cumbersome yet is still small enough for kayakers a tad above basic beginner levels can handle.
There is a lot to like about this kayak, starting with the fact that it is highly agile. It can maneuver into and out of tight corners with ease, and turns pretty well for a kayak of its size.
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In addition, this Pelican kayak also has a fair amount of tracking ability to go along with that agility and speed. The bottom of this Pelican is designed such that it can cut across the water with ease, allowing it to cover large amounts of water with a minimum of force and resistance.
Good Ol’ Stability
Adding to this kayaks’ kudos for beginners is the fact that while this kayak has a bit of speed, it’s built far more with stability in mind. When you’re just starting out, turning kayaks can feel hard, and if you are able to do so successfully there’s the risk that your inexperienced turning technique could cause it to turn over. This Pelican is engineered for stability, however, meaning you can turn with confidence no matter your level of expertise.
Another thing that becomes clear from this product features list is the fact that this is a model engineered for comfort. The molded backrest, footrest, seats, and everything else about this model make it quite comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.
What Do Users Say?
One of the most interesting things about the Pelican Sentinel 100x Angler is that the reviews for it this far have been good, but just that – “good,” rarely “great.” The reviews for this model have largely praised it, but they have rarely risen to the heights of declaring one or more features about this kayak a “must have” or better than others on the market.
That might have something to do with the fact that this kayak really is designed with an “all-around” nature in mind. It’s something of a jack of all trades without being the master of any, and user reviews have thus far reflected that.
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Users have appreciated the comfort, for example, but noted that it could possibly be a bit better and thus recommending people bring a bit of extra padding in case they need it. They have reported well on the pet-friendliness of this model without outright declaring it to be a total win for pet owners.
Dimensions and Compactness
The size of this kayak is very reasonable, and something that can be handled by beginners who are starting to get a bit of extra experience as well as those with a bit more paddling savvy to their credit. Even so, while this model is reasonably sized, the cost of maintaining it can add up. What’s more, while it has some storage space, it doesn’t have a load of it, so if you are looking for something that will allow you to bring along the veritable kitchen sink while you fish, you may want to look elsewhere.
On the other hand, while it is quite compact, it can still handle 300 lbs. That’s nothing to turn your nose up at, especially in a kayak that is beginner-friendly. Again, it’s a matter where situational buying is key. If you’re more experienced and looking to hit the waves with friends, you may want to look at other models, but if you’re a beginner starting to really get into kayaking, these features should have you excited.
Pros and Cons
The pet-friendliness of this kayak is a nice feature. As stated above, it’s hard to find something that helps make the Pelican Sentinel 100x really stand out from the crowd of similar kayaks, but if something were to do it, this might be it. There’s nothing quite like the experience of taking your dog with you for a spin out on the water, but not every kayak is amenable to that end. This kayak is, so if you have a tiny lap dog who loves adventure on the open water, this model is for both of you.
At the same time, while this model may have room for you and your furry little friend, it has a bit less room for your fishing tackle and other accoutrements. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing since, again, this kayak is best suited to those just above the beginner level. Even if you are an intermediate kayaker, you may not need to bring along a ton of stuff out on the water with you.
If that is your aim, however, you’d better keep a very close eye on the storage offered by this model.
Finally, this model tracks surprisingly well for a model of its kind. If you are looking for a kayak that has a bit more maneuverability than most other beginner to intermediate models, this may be a fair option to consider.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
As alluded to above, buying a kayak, like buying a house, is all about knowing what you’re in the market for. A mansion is probably going to be a lot nicer than a one-story home, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. Likewise, a mega-kayak that’s over 12 ft and has a ton of features may be great for those who practically live out on the water, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for someone just starting to get their bearings out there.
Such is the case with the Pelican Sentinel 100x Angler. It may be a bit too basic or not offer enough storage space for those who have years of experience kayaking or love to take a ton of fishing equipment along with them, but that doesn’t mean that that’s who this kayak is made for and certainly isn’t who would appreciate it most.
That honor goes to beginner to intermediate kayakers, especially those with pets in tow. If you love to take your furry friend out on the water with you, this kayak comes highly recommended, anti-slip pet-friendly interiors and all.
On the other hand, if you’re overly sensitive about the hardness of kayak seats, you may want to bring a bit of extra cushioning.
This model also does a nice job of offering a maneuverable kayak that’s still largely accessible.
All in all, if you’re looking for an all-around beginner to mid-level kayak, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.