ARGO 80X is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
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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
  • Versatile
  • 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

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 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 Great little kayak I bought this for my eight year old son. He loves it and loves paddling around our pond. Very satisfied and it was priced very competitively.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough kayak. We bought a set of the 80x for Christmas. After tackling the Linville River and all the rocks in the river, we headed home. One of the kayaks loosened. It fell off the vehicle and got hit by a semi truck. Only damage was road rash, rubber burn and the back handle broke off. Tough kayak. Out grandson would halve been heartbroken. I have an Argo 100X and love it.
Date published: 2019-07-29
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 super things super first day at lake caught a kokanee second day at this big slough-pond caught a largemouth bass, thing pulled me around some! bin on fraser river few times now and the tight sloughs... very comfy! my first rigid kayak, even in wind with 2 wake-boats around me i had no problem, things easily moves around to stay outta trouble, was fun! more than what i thought it would be, cheap price, quality, very happy and do not need a 10 foot, this thing tracks good when you figure its small size out... keeping this!!
Date published: 2019-07-15
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I just bought one of these for a Christmas present. What size paddle should I get for it?? 

Asked by: Delilah
The pelican kayak kid paddle is the perfect choice for the small, first-time paddlers. It is a great fit for little, eager hands. This paddle is metal and phthalate-free. Its three-piece assembly is ideal for compact storage and its kid-sized ribbed blades helps maintain a good tempo on the water.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-12-02

is there a fishing rod holder that fits on the 8 foot Pelican kayak? looks like there is a spot for it...

Asked by: Trey
The following part would be compatible with the Argo 80X- Please note, drilling or cutting any new holes into your kayak voids the Limited Lifetime Warranty of the immediate surrounding area. See here a list of all compatible parts to the Argo 80X.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-09-23
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