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Submitted: 06-17-2013 by Dec-El
Have used the Pelican Pulse 120X about 10 times now on a large lake. The large cockpit opening is very convenient for water entry/exit. Purchased a Pelican Sports Lavika splash guard. It covers the forward half of the cockpit and provides shade and splash protection. Order from Pelican's / Lavika's website.
The Pulse 120X tracks very well, surprising well, considering no rudder or skeg and it's 12 foot length. I haven't kayaked since the mid 90's and have no difficulty keeping it straight on open water.
The previously mentioned centerline ridge has proven very useful in lifting/moving the kayak in/out of the water and vehicle transport. The seat is indeed cheap, but has not caused me any discomfort on trips lasting 2-3 hours. Though, the bottom of the seat smacks/clicks against the bottom of the boat in chopping water, an annoying sound.
The kayak has pre-molding points for multiple accessories/add-ons not installed by the manufacturer. Immediately behind the seat are (4) additional points for shock cord (bungee). Also immediately behind the seat is a flat area that is perfect for cutting/installing your own 4-5 inch circular hatch. In front and behind the seat have points/area for installing flush mount fishing rod holders. The right side of the kayak has points for installing shock cord and a hook for a paddle keeper/tie-down. The seat has a recessed area for beverage and points for installing more shock cord to keep the beverage in place.
The kayak has been a lot of fun on calm waters and even my choppy lake with 8-10 inch swells/waves. It is very stable climbing in/out and on open water. I have never felt like it would tip. I have zero regrets purchasing it.
Highly recommended for someone looking to save some bucks and willing to install your own deck/storage lines and other accessories.
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