Outdoor excursions in my home state of Michigan include a variety of activities, from the fall deer hunting season to winter snow sports to spring fishing to summer water sports—all of which I enjoy at every opportunity I get. Moreover, with five Great Lakes and thousands of inland lakes and rivers available to residents and visitors alike, water craft such as canoes and kayaks are very popular for individuals and families. Since my family and I enjoyed kayaking on Mona Lake in Norton Shores, Mich. earlier this year and look forward to more kayaking in the future, I jumped at the chance to review Pelican International’s Solo, a 6’ sit-on-top youth kayak. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Solo is a youth kayak, it would not be me doing the testing but one of my four children. I drafted Jack, my 12-year old son.

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  • Jgreen6112

    Hi Mark, your family is in for many years of fun. 
    Nice article! 
    Jenny G.

  • KJM

    Thanks for this wonderful review, Mark. Very nice!

    Would you recommend a paddle (size/type) for a 5’4″ tall person to use with this vessel?

    Thank you.

  • Todd

    Mark and everyone, DO NOT SINK! The Pelican Solo Kayak does NOT hold 140 lbs. of weight. The weight capacity is more like 105 lbs. Also, keep in mind the weight of paddles, shoes, equipment or anything else on board. The listings for 140 lbs. on all websites for this kayak are not accurate. Very important!