ARGO 80X is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15.
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The ARGO 80X is specifically tailored to the smaller paddler, and for those looking for a kayak under 10' long. Read more


The ARGO Recreational Sit-in Collection is ideal for the paddler looking to enjoy a stable and relaxing kayaking experience during the cool or warm season on calm and slow moving waters. Built using our Twin Arched Multi Chine Hull, these kayaks provide excellent stability and combined with our spacious cockpits, getting in-and-out of a kayak, has never been easier! The ARGO 80X is specifically tailored to the smaller paddler, and for those looking for a kayak under 10' long. Its compact size and weight of only 27 lb makes it an incredibly easy kayak to store and transport. The ARGO 80X features a large tank well, cockpit table equipped with a bottle holder, and an adjustable Ergoform™ padded backrest. Built using our patented Ram-X™ materials, the ARGO 80X will be around for years of unique experiences fueling stories worth sharing.
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  • Adjustable ERGOFORM™ padded backrest
  • Bottle holder
  • Carrying handles
  • Cockpit table with bottle holder and compartments
  • Drain plug
  • Storage platform with bungee cords
Twin-arched Multi Chine Hull
Great stability
Quick mastery of the kayak
Tracks well


  • Length
    7 ft 9 in. - 236 cm
  • Width
    28 in. - 71 cm
  • Height
    14 in. - 36 cm
  • Weight
    27 lb - 12.2 kg
  • Capacity
    200 lb - 91 kg
  • Cockpit width
    24.5 in. - 62 cm
  • Cockpit length
    44.5 in. - 113 cm
  • Seating
    1 Seat

Warranty & Materials

Pelican International works hard to ensure our products are free from defect. Therefore, we will repair or replace the hull on this item should it fail during its lifetime due to poor quality in materials or workmanship. All accessories that come pre-assembled on your product are guaranteed for 1 year. Please see full details of warranty here.
RAM-XTM is a multi-layer material exclusive to Pelican. It is known for its high impact-resistance, its ability to regain its initial shape after violent impacts and its UV-protected exterior finish. RAM-XTM has become the benchmark of quality in the industry.

Reviews & Questions

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to haul, easy to carry. I bought this a few weeks ago to take with us on our camping trips, and so far I have really enjoyed it. It fits inside my 2017 Subaru Forester (passenger seat front and back headrest removed and front seat all the way back), and I can carry it myself (52 year old woman). It is a little more tippy then our 10', but not near as heavy. The good part is it is easier to paddle and goes much faster. The bad part is that it doesn't track all that great. I'm going to try and add a skeg, and see if that helps.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The 10 foot model is much better We have this and the Pelican Argo 100 and my wife and I both like the 100 much better. The 80 is more wobbly (although it doesn't tip over), and doesn't track as well (keep on going in a straight line) . On the other hand, the 80 is very light and easy to carry, can fit inside our van, and is very reasonably priced. If you have the space and the extra $30, I highly recommend the 100, and the 80 is pretty good if you must fit it in small spaces
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Little Kayak This is a good little kayak. Its not going to win any races, but it is easy for me, a 5'5" woman, to carry up three flights of stairs and haul on top of my Prius. Its an easy way for me to get out on the water and do some casual paddling. Its light but definitely sturdy. It doesn't track super well, and is a bit tippy, but its a good basic kayak and definitely worth the price. Really happy with this kayak!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little light weight kayak In 2013, I bought a similar version of the Argo- at that time it was called a Vortex. As an older and shorter woman, I wanted a kayak I could easily lift myself. It also helped that it fit into my smaller hatchback. Even though I have a longer and more expensive kayak, I will not let go of this one. It has held up well and is my go to kayak for spur of the moment paddles. My only complaint is the lack of foot braces, otherwise I would give it 5 stars. A friend installed some aftermarket foot braces and now the kayak is perfect!
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE MY ARGO! I was looking for a small kayak, good for beginners that was light weight. I wanted to be independent in lifting and getting it to the water, or loading it on my suv. Turns out, this little gem fits INSIDE my Honda CRV ! ( of course, it's tight, and passengers are out of the question, but my friends have the same type of kayaks- so we caravan/convoy to the water.) Best yet, at only 27 lbs, I can do everything myself! This baby won't win any races, but what is the point of racing if you'll miss everything that mother nature has to offer? It tracks very well - and very nice for the 149. price tag. My only beef was the cost of shipping, which if I could have located the 8 ft argo in a local store, I would have.many stores in my area sell the 10 foot pelican. :(
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for bass fishing I bought this last year because of a bad back. I needed something lighter that could fit in the a small SUV. I added 2 rod holders in the back and can actually get 4 rods in it with a tackle bag. I bought a very short paddle since the kayak is not very wide. It works for me and am very happy.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first kayak - Got me addicted to the sport. I bought this as my first kayak. It is light weight (27 lbs) and very durable. I have had it for over 7 years and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I am 71 years young and 5 foot 1 inch and can easily transport it myself. Thsi is now my extra kayak to lend to family & friends to spread the love of kayaking.. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy for a woman to handle I am only 5 ft tall. I love that I don’t have to ask anyone to help me carry this. It fits inside my SUV, so I don’t have to lift it over my head and strap it down. It is really sturdy. I go out 3-4 times a week. I am so happy.
Date published: 2019-09-16
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Hello, I'll like to purchase Argo 80x for my kid he is 7 years old; 27", his friend have one; he used it and loved it, will you recommend this one?

Asked by: Mary
This model would be appropriate for a 7 year old child.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-11-24

Is there an optional foot brace kit that can be purchased from Pelican?  If not, would the Argo80 work with a third party brace kit?

Asked by: Tom
We apologize about the delayed response on this email. It's possible you have already found the answer you were looking for, if that is not the case please call us at 1-888-669-6960 or send us an email: Our response time via email is 24 business hours.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-10-31

How wide is the interior of the cockpit? is the 24" width the interior measurement? Does the cockpit length include leg room to the front of the kayak?

Asked by: novice66
Cockpit width 24.5 in. - 62 cm Cockpit length 44.5 in. - 113 cm
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-10-28

I live in British Columbia Canada. In light of Covid understanding the Pelican Argo 80X Kayak will not be obsolete. Are you able to tell me if any of your suppliers will be receiving this product this year? Much appreciated, Karen

Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, we have no visibility on in-store inventories. Our products are generally purchased by head offices and sent from their distribution centers through to their stores. We recommend that you use the retailer locator and call them directly for in-store availability details. We only sell our boats through retailers; there is no possibility to buy directly from Pelican. With the end of the summer season, many dealers will be ordering their new inventory in March 2021. We suggest that you check with them at that time.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-10-18

I’m a 5.4 female with 110 lb weight. I’m not experiential kayaking very much. If I want to buy a kayak it should be based on my weight or height or even both?

Asked by: Fara
We recommend a 10ft kayak for a 5ft and over person. There are a lot a factors when buying a kayak, you have to look a the hull types and features to make sure this kayak respond to your needs. A person that is 6ft and over we would recommend a 12ft kayak. If you want to try our kayak finder, maybe it'll help you make the perfect pick:
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-05-31

I weigh 215 pounds, some websites say this can hold 200 to 250 pounds. Is this true? Will this kayak take my weight?

Asked by: GT
Unfortunately no. The maximum capacity of this kayak is 200 pounds.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-05-30

What is the difference between this blue Argo 80 kayak and the orange 

Asked by: Newb
The blue is our 2020 update from our 2019 orange one. The blue is more equipped, it has knee pads and seat cushion for more comfort !
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-05-16

Are there footbraces on the Argo 80X Pelican?

Asked by: Molly12
No, this kayak does not have footrests inside
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-05-15
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