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How to Choose the Best Sit on Top Kayak

Selecting the right sit on top kayak for your needs is no walk in the park. With so many great options available, it’s critical that you know what to look for as you shop.

To get you started, here are the most important things to keep in mind as you choose your next sit on kayak.
Intended Use
The very first thing to consider before you buy a kayak is what you intend to use it for. As you can imagine, if your primary goal is to go out on a short afternoon paddle around the lake, your ideal boat is going to be different from someone looking to go on overnight fishing trips.

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to use your boat for, you can start to narrow down your different options based on their various features and designs.

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Pelican Solo is a six-foot sit-on-top kayak for kids. It is both a great beach toy and an easy way to introduce your child to kayaking.
$149.00
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The Pelican Ultimate 60 is a version of the Solo model sold exclusively at Dunham’s Sports. It is a six-foot kayak perfectly scaled down in size to suit smaller paddlers.
$159.99
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For adventurous kids that are looking to get out on the water, the Lifetime Wave 60 is a solid kayak. This child-specific boat features everything your little kayaker needs to have a fun day on your local lake or river while improving their paddling skills along the way.
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Stability
9.5
Speed
7
Tracking
7.5
Comfort
6
Features
6
Portability
10
PROS:
  • Very lightweight and compact
  • High weight capacity for a boat this size
  • Reverse chine hull improves tracking ability
  • Easy re-entry after capsizing
  • Self-bailing scupper holes for drainage
  • Multiple footrests for maneuverability
CONS:
  • Blow molded construction has some durability concerns
  • Not ideal for windy conditions
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The Ultimate 80X SOT is a version of the Sentinel 80X model sold exclusively at Dunham’s Sports. It is specifically tailored to smaller paddlers, and for those looking for a kayak under 10′ long.
$199.99
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If you are looking for a lightweight and easy to handle recreational kayak under 10 ft, the Pelican Sentinel 80X is a great option. Designed for smaller paddlers, the Sentinel 80X offers stability and ease of use in an affordable package.
$219.99
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Pelican Bandit 80X is a version of Pelican Sentinel 80X sold exclusively by Dick's Sporting Goods.
$219.99
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Pelican Challeger 80X is a version of Pelican Sentinel 80X sold exclusively at Academy stores. The CHALLENGER 80X is specifically tailored to smaller paddlers, and for those looking for a kayak under 10′ long.
$219.99
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The versatile Sea Eagle 330 weighs just 26 lbs. and packs down small enough to fit in the smallest car trunk. Don’t let the light weight fool you, it’s a rugged kayak able to hold 2 people or 500 lbs and yet easy enough to be carried and paddled by one.
$229.00
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Pelican Rally 80X is a version of Pelican Sentinel 80X sold only at Walmart. The RALLY 80X is specifically tailored to smaller paddlers, and for those looking for a kayak under 10' long.
$239.99
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The Challenger 100 Angler is an entry-level sit-on-top fishing kayak. It is competitively priced but offers a decent number of features. Made for beginners looking for an affordable start to fishing, it offers good value that is hard to beat at this price point.
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$249.99
Stability
7
Speed
7
Tracking
7
Comfort
8
Features
6
Portability
8
PROS:
  • Stable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to transport and store
  • Affordable
CONS:
  • Limited storage space
  • Few fishing-specific features
  • Molded footrests
  • No paddle holder
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Pelican Bandit 100 NXT is a beginner sit-on-top kayak for short recreational trips. With its inherent safety, low weight, and good stability, it's a viable option for those who prefer the sit-on-top design.
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