Right out of the gate we knew kayaks were extremely high on our list of things to purchase given the amount of time that we were going to be around water. We were fortunate enough to get a blow-up kayak from Hayden’s parents and while that worked for awhile, but we needed to upgrade to hard body kayaks.
We started looking at the ads for the local sporting goods store to see what they offered and came across a screaming good deal on kayaks. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the price they were offering was about as good as we were going to get and we decided to pull the trigger on it.
The Pelican Trailblazer 100 is an incredibly light weight and durable kayak that clocks in at 38 pounds which makes it manageable to move around and carry for launch. It can handle up to 275 pounds which is great when we want to bring Lulu along when the water is calm enough. In the back of the kayak is a storage section that can easily hold a small bag and conveniently fits our new dry bag almost perfectly.
We purchased one kayak and decided to rent a stand-up paddleboard to see which one we liked better. Turns out, the SUP is way more difficult (and more expensive) than we were anticipating. We quickly realized this and went ahead and picked up a second kayak. We both enjoyed being able to zip around on the lake rather quickly as it glides right through both still water and wake with ease. It’s an incredibly smooth ride and easy to maneuver, but in choppy waves, it does have a tendency to take a little water on if you hit a wave sideways.
If you’re looking for a great entry level kayak that won’t hit you square in the wallet, we can’t recommend the Pelican Trailblazer 100 enough!