Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler Review

Bottom Line:

The Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler is one of the best-rated fishing kayaks in its price range. It’s well-reviewed for its stability in fast-moving waters, its ease of movement, and the fact it’s amazingly light and easy to carry around!

However, anglers over six feet tall may need to look for a boat with a bit more length for comfort.



based on 2 reviews

Performance Ratings:

  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Onboard Storage
  • Portability


Size (length x width)9'5" x 30"
Weight44 lbs
Capacity275 lbs

Comparison to Similar Kayaks:

Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler Old Town Topwater 120 Hobie Mirage Outback Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Vibe Sea Ghost 110
Expert Rating
Size9'5" x 30"12' x 33.5"12'9" x 34"13' x 33"11'6" x 33"
Weight44 lbs82 lbs85 lbs75 lbs84 lbs
Onboard Storage8.

Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler Review

Reasons to Buy:
  • Handles waves and choppy waters with confidence
  • Tons of storage options
  • Extremely customizable
  • Very light and easy to carry
  • Extremely stable
Reasons Not to Buy:
  • The default seat isn't the comfiest
  • Not ideal for taller anglers

Performance of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Overall, reviewers are most impressed by the Sentinel X’s portability. It’s one of the lightest boats in its class, and the fact it arrives with carry handles front, back, and to the sides is a major plus point.

You can easily lift this kayak one-handed, and storing isn’t ever going to be a problem if you only have limited space in the garage or on a roof rack.

The light build also means this is a kayak that’s easy enough to launch right into the water. You certainly don’t have to drag it!

On the water, the Sentinel X immediately surprises experts – it seems to be a little more stable than it looks! On faster-moving waters in strong weather, this kayak holds its own – though you should probably experience some splashback.

With regard to handling, reviewers seem to agree that it’s a fairly responsive boat, again, even on big waves and undulating water. That’s all thanks to the design of the kayak – and thankfully, you don’t really need to give it much power to get to where you need to go.

Comfort is a contentious issue, however, if you’re investing in the Sentinel X. The scupper holes across the boat should easily drain water through with ease, but there’s a dire need for additional drainage below the seat. Your butt’s at risk of getting seriously wet!

The seat itself is reasonably supportive, experts say, though you’ll likely start to feel numbness after four or five hours riding. While the foot braces are reportedly easy to adjust, they’ll only do so much if you’re more than six feet tall.

Storage and customization potential get big thumbs up from reviewers, with the variety of holds and compartments earning praise. There’s some concern over watertightness, however, so using dry bags is a must.

It seems to be an easy enough kayak to set multiple rods up in and to upgrade with tracks. The paddle securing system also picks up praise from experts – it’s not always a given option on kayaks of this size and type.

Overall, the consensus appears to be that the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler is a great boat for the money, with tons of features and a lot of reliability on the water. That said, it’s not the comfiest, and is missing a couple of essential upgrades to truly break the “all time best” list.


Expert Reviews of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

9.0Tyson PeersThis is a fantastic kayak - and while I might not always catch any fish while riding it, it's great for long trips out.Read more
7.7Cheese on EverythingThis kayak gives you a ton of bang for your buck! It's surprisingly stable and easy to maneuver in fast currents and up against the waves. For the money, I'd say it's one of the best value fishing kayaks out there. It's super customizable, and provided you don't mind getting a bit wet over the waves, you'll have a great time with the Sentinel X.Read more

Handling of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Expert Rating: 9.0

9.0Cheese on EverythingThis kayak is surprisingly adept at handling heavy waves - it really caught me off-guard! I got wet along choppier routes, but I wasn't expecting this level of responsiveness (coupled with stability).Read more

Stability of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Expert Rating: 8.5

9.0Tyson PeersThis kayak holds nice and steady while fishing from a seated position - I've yet to tip it!Read more
8.0Cheese on EverythingYou're likely to get wet on choppier waters, but the boat's well-designed enough to keep you afloat in all kinds of conditions.Read more

Comfort of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Expert Rating: 7.8

9.0Tyson PeersI've ridden in this boat from daylight to dusk with no complaints. The foot braces are nice additions for extra comfort and support.Read more
6.5Cheese on EverythingIt's easy to adjust the foot braces for extra comfort if I need to. I'd probably recommend looking into a bigger kayak if you're taller than six feet, however. The grip pattern on the main deck is a nice touch - but the seat could be more supportive. It's a thin, padded option that gets fatiguing after a few hours, though it's not the worst. That said - it could really use a drain hole!Read more

Onboard Storage of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Expert Rating: 8.3

9.0Tyson PeersThere's tons of great features onboard this kayak. It's nice and easy for me to store rods toward the back of the boat, for example, and there's cup holders and lure storage, too.Read more
7.5Cheese on EverythingThe mesh pocket at the front is nice and secure - but one of my favorite features is the indenting that allows for rail upgrades. It's great the manufacturer thought of this! There's a central cup holder and phone socket that opens up into a hidden compartment - which, while well-positioned, isn't watertight (though it'll protect some of your kit against the elements). Paddle hooking to the side of the boat is painless, too, as is securing your paddles with a hook provided. Do also check out the removable basket to the rear of the boat - it's great for tackle boxes.Read more

Portability of the Pelican Sentinel 100X Angler

Expert Rating: 8.3

9.0Tyson PeersThis boat's really easy to carry on your own, and it fits really easy in the back of my car (I don't have a roof rack, so that was a nice surprise!).Read more
7.5Cheese on EverythingThe handles on the sides of this boat have nice indents which means it's pretty easy for me to hook my fingers underneath. There's carry handles to the front and back, too, and given this boat is so light to start with, portability is really impressive (I can lift it one-handed!).Read more