Every sale and every purchase tells a story. So what is the story on the Pelican Getaway 110 HDii Kayak? Easy fun. That's the story. I'm never one to blow smoke when it comes to paddlecraft. I'm not going to sell you on something if I don't think it's worthwhile. The Pelican Getaway was another classic example of a kayak I didn't want to like, but couldn't resist enjoying after trying it out.
At the retail price of $1099, it's easy to like from an economical perspective. The Hobie Lynx has been highly touted, but struggled to get out to the market and it retails for $2700. So here is a suitable alternative at a much lower price. The Getaway is light at 59lbs with out the seat. It also serves as a good quick hit fishing platform. The side handles have rails incorporated though it gets crowded with the paddle holder and the rudder controls on there. I was still able to mount a camera, and load up my crate in the back. The Getaway handled the added crate weight with ease, and with a weight capacity of 300lbs, it could handle even more gear.
My 9yr old daughter even took a turn and enjoyed pedaling around. The HDii drive is a fin system with adjustable crank arms for different size pedalers. MLV had no issue controlling the Getaway and gave it her thumbs up.
The ERGOCAST XP™ frame seat proved comfortable for us both and can be removed from the kayak for transport, or for a beach seat. Overall the Pelican Getaway HDii kayak is a solid offering at $1099 and deserves to be on your radar. It would serve as a great first pedal kayak, an excellent second pedal kayak for quick trips, or even a great pedal kayak for younger adult or kids.
And the real kicker (sorry I had to) it paddles really well. The hull design aids both in stability ( I had no issue standing up on it) and in being efficient on the water. When I pulled the drive out and dipped my paddle blades into the water, an audible "oh wow!" escaped my mouth. It moved effortlessly.
So, if you are shopping for new kayak, consider adding the Pelican Getaway to your story. After seeing the smile on my daughter's face, I have a feeling we'll be keeping this one around for us to play on a little longer this summer.