Pelican Potomac 100 ES Kayak

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Pelican Potomac 100 ES Kayak
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Pelican Potomac 100 ES Kayak - Take the PotomacĀ® 100 ES Kayak out for a day of adventure. The bow and stern grab handles make is easy to transport while the adjustable padded backrest and foot pegs give comfort for your day of kayaking fun.
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  • Adjustable padded backrest


  • Foot pegs
  • Bow and stern grab handles
  • Bungee cord
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Pelican Potomac 100 ES Kayak Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

For the price-- This is a no brainer

Simply put I have taken this kayak down rivers, into Biscayne Bay, and on over night kayaking trips along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico-- I have owned it for two years, and highly recommend it. I still cannot believe how low the price is. The boat is squirly at first, but if you spend a lot of time on the water, you will soon learn to rely on the absolute control and quick responsiveness of this little 'yak. I just ordered myself a big Cadillac of a fishing kayak, but the Potomac will not be going anywhere. It is definitely staying in my paddle sport arsenal!

Once you receive the 'yak, you will get a little booklet containing upgrade accessories. In this you can find a nice padded seat to put into it, but I just built my own bottom cushion from an old sleeping pad and have never looked back. I was also able to flush mount to rod holders, and also installed a deck cleat for quickly tying off.

*Note: The rear compartment is not water proof, but I just use an old Army issue water proof bag to put my stuff in and stow it in there-- works fine.
Eric @ Florida Outdoor at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2011

Wonderful Kayak!

I just bought a Potomac 100 ES kayak this past month. I took it out on Memorial Day this year and had a fabulous time! It was wonderful on the lake. It gave good traking and was comfortable. The adjustable foot pegs were GREAT! It was easy to tote as the handles were sturdy to get the Kayaks out of the truck and into the water. It was easy to get out of and back into. I especially enjoyed the feel of the ride in the Kayak. It was soothing and calm. When a boat would go by and some waves would come by the Kayak was very stable. I plan on taking it down some mild rapids this summer on the Chatahoochee and Chestee Rivers. I'll leave a review on its performace there. I do recommend these kayaks for anyone. They are ideal for children and adults alike. They are not shaky and work well to manuver. The price is very reasonable. A really Good beginner and First time Kayak!
Journey Kayaker at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Cheap fun exercise.

I hate calisthenics. I love the water. My Potomac 100 and 120 (the wife actually rides the shorter one) are the perfect solution. We've had ours just over a year, and have gone on around 40 paddles together, 30 more solo. We've gone from 8 miles to just round and round a small farm pond. Almost exclusively flat water, but I know that we'd have a blast in moderate current. The wife dislikes chop, I love it. I love watching the bass boats struggle with the white caps while I paddle right into them or ride 'em in. (cross wind is a bit trickier, however) Extremely light and easy to carry. I'll often tote them both at once to the water's edge. Scooting into floatable water from launch is no problem (neither of us meet the BMI recommendation.) I've never tipped over, only feared it once. I have dumped the missus during launch off a boulder. Mud or sand bottomed launches only now.
Floyd the paddling barber at Dick's Sporting Goods on 08/08/2011

Great Yak, exploring etc. perfect!

I have owned an 100ES for 3 yrs. now and I love it! It has been Twice into northern Quebec and has been used many times in NY and VT as well as a trip to NC and the coast of SC, rivers, lakes, protected coves,coastline of the ocean, great! I have modded it some, the rear hatch can be made waterproof if some closed cell foam is applied to the compartment edge so to be compressed when the hatch is bungeed down ,mounted a compass and used a motorcycle bungee net w/the provided bungees on the bow deck for more secure storage, mounted a detachable 5' flag mast/orange flag (from ATV shop) for more open water as my boat is dk olive color, paddle leash.. good to go, rugged little boat you can drag it thru sand and pebble beaches,mud over logs, very little scratching, oh yeah I am 63 yrs. old, 5'111/2", 185 lbs.
mctheknife at Dick's Sporting Goods on 02/02/2012

Great Yak!

I'm 45 years old and this is my first kayak. My family bought it for me used so there was a little wear on the hull, but nothing really to speak of. I paddle mostly in the "inland sea" that is more commonly known as Lake Champlain, in most weather conditions and have a few locations on several rivers planned for the near future.
She tracks well, a *little* tippy, but that could just be from my inexperience. This is a very easy-to-paddle boat...she simply glides silently through the water I was concerned (after reading many many online reviews) that this kayak would not do well with my size and weight at 5' 11" and 255 lbs, but although it *does* sit a little low in the water, I have yet to tip her over. She's a surprising stable little boat.
I would have no problems at all recommending this kayak to someone.
Wolfsden at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2011

Perfect For Marsh-Bayou Fishing

I use this unit for inland marsh fishing in Ocean Springs, MS. I can throw it in my Ranger, and start fishing 15 minutes after leaving the front door. Added 2 rod holders, hands free bottom fishing for redfish and flounder,while using rattle bobbers for specks. I've caught 10 pd reds w/ no fear of tipping. Use a small travel pillow for lumbar support. I spent 5 hrs in it today and I'm not sore. Added cleats on both sides, allowing the paddle to "snug up" between them and the rod holder. Had 2 ft whitecaps yesterday, pointed nose into them and had no problem. I could have spent more money, but a paddle and drink holder and watertight storage won't catch me more fish. As for reviews from people complaining about getting wet, just buy a rowing machine.
Barry at Dick's Sporting Goods on 08/08/2011

spray skirt solution

This review is for those of you looking to get a spray skirt to stay on the 100ES. I first tried using silicon under the combing like someone suggested, which kinda worked.

I ended up taking a 26" mountain bike inner tube and cutting it in half, length-wise, creating a big rubber band. I stretched the rubber band around the combing of the kayak. The rubber gives the spray skirt something to grip onto. It also extends the lip of the combing out just a litte. It works!

I am using a Pelican Elite spray skirt, which kinda looked like it was made for the 100ES. It did not want to stay on at all until the rubber band trick.

5 stars for value.
bob at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2011

I call it freedom!

I needed a way to get to the water and enjoy local lakes and rivers. I like to explore and enjoy nature, get out and swim and picnic. I needed to be able to pick it up and haul it by myself on my little Kia. Now I can GO anytime I want with no help needed. I can stuff the nose with a raincoat, cooler, noodles, PFD, dry bag, and plenty of snacks. The foot pegs adjust for my short legs, unlike others I've tested. I've used it on still lakes, harbors, and on moving rivers. No white water for me! While this may not be suitable for a serious athlete, it fits exactly my style of paddling.
The Crusty Porpoise at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Great for our purposes

We bought two of these online after viewing others locally. We are beginners ranging from twenty year olds to 60 year olds and use them on a motor boat lake where we have recently purchased a home. They are lightweight and easy to transport from the storage shed to the dock, and easy to maneuver on the lake. My 60 yr. old husband circles the lake successfully even when the motor boats are active. One came perfect, the other was marked up with scratches, and goughes but after I wrote to customer service and advised them of such, they credited me with a very fair partial refund even though we kept the kayak.
grandma nonna at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2011

Tight little vessel

This little kayak is bad to the bone! I rigged it with a rod holder, paddle holder and couple other things. Worth the money in my opinion. I used pool noodles cut down for arm rests. You cant expect much for this price but it is one of the rare finds you usually hear about and wish you would have jummped on. With a few small touches you can make this fit your style. Check out the kayak oars at . They have nice ones for under $40. A good idea to purchase a cushioned stadium seat for this. Wich way to the river man??!!
G at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Negative Reviews:

Depends on Your Perspective

It's not a kayak, in a true sense. It is sort of like paddling a moderately hydrodynamic bathtub. If you live on or near a lake, and want something your 8 year olds can paddle and splash around with, while venturing no more than 15 feet from shore, this is the perfect boat. You don't need to worry about them trashing it as it costs almost nothing. No one is going to be in it for too long, except little kids who are immune to sore butt syndrome anyway.

I paddled one at a lake party a couple weeks ago, and it was awful awful awful. Winds were about 6-10MPH, and they might as well have been hurricane force the way this thing blows around. Waves? Forget it. Just jump in the water and save time. If you are going on a "trip", and plan to be in this "kayak" more than an hour at a time, don't. Or get a really good cushion to put on the seat. And replace the thigh/knee braces or you'll end up chaffed something fierce. And don't try to coast. You'll end up facing the opposite direction in no time. It does not track. At all.

But if you are looking for a cheap, play around boat, this is just fine.
Jeffman at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2011

Terrible kayak. Very squirrelly boat!

We picked up this kayak on sale, to have a second single to go along with our Maintstream and our older Perception tandem. I liked that it was light enough that I could load it on the car myself pretty easily, and of course, we loved the price.

My 11YO daughter took it out first and she really liked it. She said it was "a bit tippy", but she did fairly well with it.

However, when my husband and I tried, we both HATED it. It tracks terribly. It's nearly impossible to go straight with it, you are constantly correcting direction. And it's VERY easy to just spin it 90 degrees out of nowhere. It also leaked at the seam.

Now perhaps it's our size that made the difference, because my daughter liked it. But she also hasn't paddled much, so doesn't have anything to compare it to. I am 5'6" and about 160 lbs, so not petite, and my husband is 6' and about 210 lbs. So if you're teeny, like my 80-lb daughter, you might be happy with this. But it was bad for me, and even worse for my husband. We are returning this to Dick's tomorrow.
Mindy at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Spend a couple bucks more!

I'm an experienced whitewater boater, but older now and was looking for an easy river cruiser. My friend bought this boat... I bought another brand. The 100es has a vee hull so it feels tipsy but tracks fairly well. I weigh 200 lb... much too heavy for the 100es. I also feel the 100es is poorly will find no spray skirt to fit the lame cockpit coaming. The 100es is overly heavy and after one class 2 run the hull is showing wear on the outer hull because of seat pertrusions pressing from the inside. My friend is small so the 100es paddles well for him, but he needs to fit it with a sprayskirt. He can not....He will buy a kayak like mine and sell his 100es....sorry pelican.
Sid the squid at Dick's Sporting Goods on 05/05/2011

Strictly an Entry Model

My wife bought 3 of these on sale three years ago on a whim. I wish she hadn't. They're OK for basic paddling on small water but that's about it. You get what you pay for here: uncomfortable seat, no watertight compartment, cockpit combing rubs on thighs, most covers do not fit the cockpit opening, the drain stopper easily gets knocked open, tracks horribly in any sort of wind, no paddle holder. Even the molded-in can/bottle holder is too shallow and undersized for most Nalgene-type water bottles. Even though we practice wet-foot entry as often as practicable the hulls gouge easily. Buyer beware: if you don't expect much from these kayaks you won't be disappointed.
Novasail at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

nice, but not great

I liked many features of this Kayak, such as price, light to carry, adjustbale foot pegs, but....

I have had it just 2 months. the foot pegs have detached from the hull! I took it on an over night on a slow river and found it takes on water, might be from the foot pegs that are screwed to the hull at the water line.

It has very limited cargo room so It is better as a pond "toy" I now wish I spent more on some thing better!

PS stay off the ocean, with out a skirt, it will swamp quickly!
Jack the river rat at Dick's Sporting Goods on 08/08/2011

Not the quality kayak I expected

I bought this for my husband. We float the river a lot and I wanted him to have one of his own. I was told it was a great kayak and the price was really cheap. We took it out today on the river and I am very dissappointed. He had to empty it 5 times and the seat came completely out. Not the quality I expected at all. I will be taking this back for a better kayak.
River rats at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

Potomac 100 ES

I rode this kayak for 2 years. I am a tall guy and I have hard time getting in this boat. I tipped over when I was trying to get out of the boat. The seat is hard and uncomfortable for a long trip. But this boat floating nicely. I will recommend this boat to people under 6 foot tall.
Kayak Dude at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011


this kayak leaked like a drain would not have ten of em compared to my future beach 10.0
willy at Dick's Sporting Goods on 03/03/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Not for beginners.

I decided to buy a kayak last summer even though I had never used one because they looked like a lot of fun. I decided to go with the Potomac 100 ES because it seemed durable and well priced (I didn't want to spend a lot not knowing if I would use it much). I tried it out on a small lake on a very calm day and it felt very unstable. Every time I would start to paddle I thought I was going to tip over. For someone with more experience, this may be a good choice, however, if you are a beginner I would stay away from this kayak. I returned the Potomac and bought a Future Beach Fusion 10, which was recommended by a Dick's employee. I would highly recommend the Fusion 10 for anyone looking for a simple beginner kayak at a good price.
Bruce at Dick's Sporting Goods on 03/03/2012

First Owned Kayak

So this is the first Kayak I've purchased and since I only have time to use it about once a week I didn't want to spend too much. For [$] it's good for me. I'm an average size girl and I can lift/carry/put it in my jeep on my own which was important to me.The first day I brought it out was wicked windy and I had to go against some 1' waves - A bit scary and took energy but it stayed up the whole time even though it's made for lakes.Very easy to get in and out, paddle, but, tracking is poor as most stated. One paddle turns you off track very quickly.
Jaclyn at Dick's Sporting Goods on 08/08/2011

Great for Beginners

I bought my kayak on Friday and took it out on its maiden voyage Saturday. Handled fairly well. It had also been 15 years since I had been in a kayak, so please take that into account when reading my review. I was pleased with the price I paid and what I got. Only issue I had was when I encountered some minor rapids. The kayak went sideways despite my desperate manuevering, and got lodged against a rock and completely filled with water. With the help of someone, I was able to swiftly empty and resume my voyage. I am pleased with the product, and would recommend to other beginners.
newtonk at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011

You Get What You Pay For

The Potomac 100 is a cheap boat for the beginner. It is lightweight and easy to carry. This boat tracks very poorly. Each paddle stroke causes the boat to turn in the water, and therefore you waste alot of energy trying to keep it pointed straight. If a kid wants to play around in a pond or lake, it is fine. If someone wants to get into serious kayaking stick with a better kayak like a Perception Swift or Old Town Otter.
SMC66 at Dick's Sporting Goods on 07/07/2011

Tips Too Easily

I use this on the Kankakee River and lucky we live in an area where the river is not very deep. This kayak has a V bottom and tips very easily. We also bought a Future 126 DLX at the same time - it has a flatter bottom and does not tip easily. Would recommend the Future 126 but would not recommend the Potomac 100 ES to anyone.
JB at Dick's Sporting Goods on 10/10/2011

Not Tippy

It was well worth the money that I payed for it. The seam line deterred me at first but i found the seam line to be ok. It is very stable and doesn't feel tippy. Although it has a very small "dry" well. All in all, worth the money.
Backpacker at Dick's Sporting Goods on 06/06/2011