ok so I read about 50 reviews before I bought this kayak. And almost every one said "does not track well." Never been kayaking before, I had no idea what that meant. My boyfriend was kind enough to buy this for me and my maiden voyage was 2 days ago. I loved it. And now I know what tracking means and its true, doesn't track well. I think that will change as I get used to it.
Even though the seat isn't very comfy i had no problems sitting in it for a couple of hours. The storage hatch should be waterproof but its ok. Got it at Dunhams and I love it. Its so relaxing.I got my Pelican Ultimate 100 today at Dunhams for $199. I've seen these little kayaks all over the place this summer on car tops and in the water. Easy to load on top of my little Metro and the RamX hull seems durable enough. This is my first ever foray into kayaking and it is an absolute piece of cake. Get in and paddle away. Not sure of the difference between the Ultimate 100 and the Pursuit 100, but this Ultimate 100 has the adjustable foot pads, bungee cords on the forward deck, small covered storage bin in the back, but no paddle holder. Paddle kept sliding off so I made my own holder with some heavy duty nylon picture hangers (30# capacity) and some stainless screws and nylon locking nuts and a bit of bungee cord. Works great.
Tracking seems fair, but I noticed that if you stop paddling, it tends to start turning around. I understand longer kayaks tend to track even straighter, but this one is certainly easy enough to manage and get back on track. I'm really enjoying the Pelican Ultimate 100 and thinking of getting a a 2nd one so a friend or relative can paddle along too. Its a whole lot of fun. What more need I say?Just got a Pelican Ultimate 100 from Dunhams on sale for $199. I've never been in a Kayak and was a little worried when I read reviews about it being unstable.
Went out for the very first time today and it was awesome. It took me 15 mins. to get used to the balance and about 1 hr to learn how to control direction. This thing is easy to turn (some times too easy) and it is very fast.
On a 6.5 mile creek/river run that usually takes us 2.5 hrs with the family in canoes - I did today in 1 hr and 20 mins. I will probably buy another one this week while they are still on sale.The Ultimate 100 is a stripped down version of the Pelican Pursuit 100 DLX. This Kayak is made by Pelican and the warranty registration is done through their site. The kayak is pretty well made. There are no noticable defects. The rear hatch is not water tight but makes a good cooler or can be used with a dry bag.
I say it's stripped down because the Pelican version has adjustable footpegs and a paddle holder. The Coleman version does not. There is an order form that came with the rest of the paperwork to order footpegs from Pelican for $23.95 shipped. I'm ordering them.
This is my first Kayak. I own an aluminum canoe that is used for small lakes and slow rivers. I wanted to get a kayak as my son is getting older and the canoe is just not big enough for my wife, the two kids and me. My 7 year old son has no problems using the kayak on lakes. I've taken it on the rivers with friends. This is not the faster Kayak out there. One person rented an Old Town Otter and we switched off for a while. The performance seemed similar between the two. I did appreciate the foot pegs on the Old Town. Add the foot pegs and I'd rate it an 8.