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Pelican Baja 100

pelican baja 100 review 2017

  • USD $399.00
  • CATEGORY: Under $500
  • CATEGORY: Non-inflatable
  • CATEGORY: Beginner
  • CATEGORY: All-around

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a board that will be very durable for you to have for yourself, your kids, friends and family that can be beaten up, thrown around and still last for a long time, this is the board for you. The Baja 100 is a perfect board for flat water paddling and touring and can withstand up to 230lbs. The board is made out of a plastic-like construction called RamXs polyethylene and is very stable and very durable however, the board has 4.7 lbs per foot and weighs 47 lbs total, making the board very heavy.  As it's typically the case with low price point boards, the Baja 100 is relatively heavier when compared to boards in higher price point tiers. You’re going to want to look at the mid-to high price-point range boards for lighter and faster boards. Retailing for $399.99, the Baja 100 is among the most affordable boards you can find.

First Impressions

On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is quite average and the construction seems incredibly strong. The board has a clean look with a nice design on the deck pad. This paddle board is very difficult to carry since it’s 47 lbs however, the board seems extremely strong and long-lasting. The glide feels slow and heavy which is to be expected since speed-centric design and lightweight construction are not at focus.  The Baja 100 features some nice and convenient bungee cords that help to hold down gear, water bottles or almost anything you want to bring along for the ride that needs securing. There is a cup holder that you can either lay down the bottle or have it sit upright, your call. Another cool feature from the Baja 100 is its many handles, 4 total, allowing for numerous points for holding the board. At a very affordable price point of $399.99 the Baja 100 from Pelican is an excellent choice for beginner to expert paddlers who are looking for something durable, affordable and fun.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    All-Around Use

    Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines

  • Durability

    Very Strong

    Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.

  • Carrying

    Very Difficult

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Very Stable

    Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.

  • Glide

    Slow and Heavy

    Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.

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Learn more on the Pelican website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    10' x 31" x 5.6"

    Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).

  • Weight

    47 lbs

    Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).

  • Volume

    215L

    Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.

  • Capacity

    230 lbs

    Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.

  • Add On's

    Bungee, Bottle/Cup holder, Extra handles on rail and nose 

    Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.

  • Handle

    Internal Ergo Grip

    Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.

  • Holders

    No

    Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.

Sizes Available

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
10 Feet 31 Inches 5.6 Inches 215 L

Learn more on the Pelican website.

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