ESCAPE 120X is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 24.
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From large lakes to gentle rivers, the Pelican Premium ESCAPE 120X offers great performance. Read more


From large lakes to gentle rivers, the Pelican Premium ESCAPE 120X offers great performance. Built on a deep V-chine hull, this 12 foot long sit-in kayak is quicker, faster and more nimble. It features adjustable footrests, premium knee pads, and the ERGOFIT G2 Seating System™ for increased comfort and to maintain an efficient paddling position, a quick lock hatch with a 60 L storage bag and 4" day hatch and bungee cords to store your personal items, and ergonomic carrying handles. Made of RAM-X™ PREMIUM, a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene, it is lighter, stiffer and stronger. Our SYMBIOSA FIBERGLASS paddle is a must have accessory to fully enjoy your ESCAPE 120X and create amazing paddling stories to share with friends and family.
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  • Adjustable footrests
  • Bottle cage
  • Bottle holder
  • Bungee cords
  • Cockpit table with 4 in. day hatch and bottle holder
  • Drain plug
  • ERGOFIT G2 Seating System™
  • Ergonomic carrying handles
  • Premium knee pads
  • Quick Lock hatch with 60 L storage bag
Deep V Chine Hull
  • Shallow V properties with added performance
  • Gets on edge to turn and steer
  • Quicker, faster and more nimble


  • Length
    12 ft - 366 cm
  • Width
    28 in. - 71 cm
  • Height
    16 in. - 41 cm
  • Weight
    49 lb - 22 kg
  • Capacity
    325 lb - 147 kg
  • Cockpit width
    23.3 in. - 59 cm
  • Cockpit length
    50 in. - 127 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 Premium is a multi-layer polyethylene with an advanced resin in the top layer imparting a glossy finish and providing significantly more rigidity than standard polyethylene.

Reviews & Questions

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kayak out there Amazing kayak well worth the money .lightweight and easy to carry with the carrying handles.the dry storage compartment is very handy for cell phones and car keys and stuff like that .very comfortable seat .kayak is very smooth in the water .i loaded onto my kayak rack by myself which is a plus being a women .only down fall is it does not come with paddle .very comfortable seat and lots of leg room.hull is very sturdy and strong .easily put in water and very easy to take out of the water .i used in river and in the lake and performed very well in both.what a great kayak for both men and women . (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Starter Sit-In I bought this kayak to get into paddling. At 12 feet and with the V-Chine hull its long enough to get some decent speed. At 28 inches wide it is relatively stable as well, turns on edge well and performs well in all conditions. For lakes and rivers i would say it's ideal. I have been using mine on the ocean, close to the shoreline and it has worked well. With the large cockpit, you are more susceptible to getting flooded, and a spray skirt is more likely to implode in the event of a roll. The manufacturing of this Kayak uses Twin Sheet thermoforming, which is a superior method than the usual rotomold used in most of its competitors. The storage is good and the kayak incorporates some nice features for its price point. Be aware, like most modern kayaks this has no bulkheads and will sink if it becomes swamped, be sure to use float bags or high density foam to create bouyancy. In summary i would say this is a good starter kayak that you wont outgrow too quickly. If ocean touring is your thing you are probably not going to get a kayak from canadian tire, but for the majority of users this fits the bill.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good choice. It's very light, it's also faster than other kayaks, I upgraded to a wider fibreglass paddle to better propel myself up river or in currents. Great through flooded treed areas, slides over partially submerged logs very well. Storage is easy and works very well. I pretty much torture mine, and it doesn't disappoint, although, I find it to be a lot of work to keep it straight. You will be constantly adjusting paddling pressure on one side or doing two strokes to one stroke on the other. Other than that, a fantastic product for anyone who wants to get into the sport!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for beginner or intermediate Purchased on sale from Canadian Tire. For a 12 ft kayak it's on the heavier side for one person to carry, but it's manageable. It tracks well on a river if you pair with the right paddles. I find that with a straight edge/flat paddle it's tracking is great, however, if you get a curved paddle (the farthest tips of the paddle are concave curved) you exert too much power with each stroke resulting in poor tracking. I also find it's fast even when going against the current. It's stable even from waves hitting the side of the kayak. The seat is very comfortable. I paddle for upwards of 3 hours with no issues. Lots of space in the cockpit for comfort and manuevaring. Adequate storage for safety kits, tools, camping gear, etc.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value We have had our kayaks for 3 seasons now and think they are great! We have been on lakes and the river once. Also in a high wind on the lake. Tracks well, keeps up with more more pricey kayaks. It is quite stable and I felt safe in a bit of a \fun\" river ride! The only negative was indeed as others have mentioned the comfort of the seat. Bottom is fine but the back did not support well. We had 2 of the stadium seats that we take to games etc and pop them on the seat and that completely did the trick. Now have lots of back support and can paddle for hours!"
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this kayak Because of the hull design, the Escape 120x is faster, easier to maneuver, and more responsive than the Vanquish 120x (which I've tried). It's not quite as steady feeling as the Vanquish, but not tippy either. The Vanquish 120x will travel straight through the water better (because there is almost a keel at the back of it), but the speed of the Escape 120x means that it is less effort to propel yourself forward. Both boats are superior to the only 10' kayak I've tried. I love this kayak, but I would give it 4.5 stars because there are a couple of elements that are poorly designed. The placement of the back handle means that the boat hits your legs as you are walking, and there are no holes in the bow/stern for strapping the kayak to your vehicle. I bought anchor bolts but I will have to drill holes in the top hull. Despite these things I would choose this kayak again.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recreational boat I am so pleased with this boat. We use ours for family recreational use, and this boat has surpassed our expectations. We kayak regularly and often rent them when on vacation, so we have had exposure to a number of different makes, types and models. This boat has met and surpassed some of our expectations. It is super lightweight and easy to carry. It has a lot of space making it easy to enter and space for a few lightweight items. We used ours the majority of time in the river with some shoreline ocean. This is excellent for river/lake kayaking. If we were to use it more in the deep ocean we may look at other options. Not only did we get some use with this kayak but we had some inexperienced family members test it out and they were very happy with the ease of use. It handles well, has excellent stability, is easy to maneuver and doesn’t feel tippy. It is very comfortable, with good knee guards, back rest and adjustable foot rests – which is important with a number of family number of various height differences using this kayak. There is lots of room and a cup holder (winning). Overall, this is an excellent kayak and I would highly recommend it. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BEST EXPERIENCE EVER i would recommend this kayak to any body who has even a tiny bit of experience with sit in kayaks and is pretty strong. its cheap fast easy to park it even has a huge storage behind the chair. it also has a cockpit and a place to put your water bottle. it has LOTS of space for your legs. the chair is also a cool design! you should get it. its really cheap. whenever i ride it i fell like im riding in luxury
Date published: 2015-07-12
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Hi, what size spray skirt works with this kayak? Any recommendations?

Asked by: JJ
The spray skirt that fits this model would be PS1401-1-00 the Large
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-09-17

Is escape 120x. modifiable, could I install a pedal assist on it. Thank you

Asked by: Cressco
We do not recommend making any modifications to our products as it can void the warranty in that area.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2019-07-04

I see that there is modeled in line at the stern for rudder attachment lock, but I don see the black keel part to mount the rudder as on the sprint kayaks. It is compatible with your rudder controlled by footpads?

Asked by: martin
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