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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??!!