BANDIT 80NXT is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 28.
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The BANDIT 80X is specifically tailored to smaller paddlers, and for those looking for a kayak under 10' long. Its compact size and weight of only 34 lb makes it an incredibly easy kayak to store and transport. 

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The BANDIT 80X is specifically tailored to smaller paddlers, and for those looking for a kayak under 10' long. Its compact size and weight of only 34 lb makes it an incredibly easy kayak to store and transport. The BANDIT 80X features a large tank well with bungee cord, dual position bottle holder, molded footrests, and an adjustable Ergoform™ padded backrest. Built on a twin arched multi chine hull, the BANDIT 80X provides excellent stability. Getting in-and-out of a kayak has never been easier.

Our unique manufacturing process allows us to include additional flotation inside the hull of all of our sit-on-tops in order to meet or surpass ABYC Standards. This overall process keeps our kayaks lighter than the competition while making them even more solid and buoyant. Built using our patented RAM-X™ materials, the BANDIT 80X will be around for years of unique experiences fueling stories worth sharing.

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  • Adjustable ERGOFORM™ padded backrest
  • Carrying handles
  • Drain plug
  • Dual position bottle holder
  • Molded carrying handles
  • Molded footrests
  • Tank well with bungee
Twin-arched Multi Chine Hull
  • Great stability
  • Quick mastery of the kayak
  • Versatile
  • Tracks well


  • Length
    8 ft 4 in. - 254 cm
  • Width
    29.5 in. - 75 cm
  • Height
    12 in. - 30 cm
  • Weight
    34 lb - 15.4 kg
  • Capacity
    225 lb - 102 kg
  • 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 5 out of 5 by from Great Kayak! Small, lightweight and easy to handle. I bought this for my daughter to go kayaking with me. She is 5’2” and it is perfect for her. She loves it. It is lightweight and short, so it is easy to carry and easy to load. It paddles straight and fast. I’ve tried it out myself a couple of times snd I love it as well. It is faster and easier to paddle then my 10 ft pelican bandit nxt 100, although I do still like my longer one better just for the fact I can put my smaller kid or dog on it with me, where on the nxt 80 you really can’t. This nxt 80 is very sturdy on the water, not tippy at all, so it is good for building confidence on the water, as it would be very difficult to flip this boat.
Date published: 2020-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade for our girls We just upgraded our girls from a 6' lifetime (kids kayak from walmart) They are LOVING them. We have made a few trips now with them. Some flat water and some slow rolling river with very small rapids. They have done great with them. They seem to track well and have been very stable. They girls also are enjoying the full seat, and cargo area behind the seat. We did have a very hard time finding and finally had to do a in store order. As a mom with smaller children I would love to see the stores carry more of them in stock as this is a great kids kayak. Great family activity.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Little Yak I flew to Florida to help my family with some health care needs and ended up staying because of the Corona Virus. I decided to buy an inexpensive kayak to get some exercise and get myself out on the water. I have a much more expensive boat at my home in Colorado so I was a little nervous about this yak. I took it out for a maiden voyage and was so pleasantly surprised. She tracks much better than I expected, is very stable and responds well. For the price, this is probably the best money I've spent in a long time. I am small, 5'2" and 120 pounds, so the 8'4" boat fits me well, it's super light and easy to carry. I can grab the side grips and lift it over head to carry, easy peasy. I'm so happy with this purchase!
Date published: 2020-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value for the Price This is my first kayak, and the Pelican Bandit was an excellent choice. The construction appears to be very high quality. The kayak is easy to enter and exit, It is stable and tracks very well in smooth to slightly choppy water. I am 5'8", 160 lbs., and fit well into the kayak. The seat is quite comfortable over the span of 60 to 90 minutes. The Bandit is light to carry, and fits inside my Subaru Outback.with the back seats and front passenger seat down. Overall, I'm very pleased.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kayak!! The person who rated this kayak at 2 stars started their review by saying THEY messed up!... ******These kayaks are great!****** Of course the shorter you go they are harder to control, that does not make anything wrong with this 8ft. I love both of mine. Do the research before you purchase to fit YOUR needs... long, short, skinny, wide, material, max weight...
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light versatile kayak I bought this kayak for our camp at the river. I am a small woman, and I like it because its super light, so I can wrestle it down to the water by myself. Its perfect for calm water kayaking. It doesn't drift side to side as much as some shorter kayaks I have tried. It does NOT handle well in waves- its probably not unsafe, but it bounces around like a cork. Its the one I use the most out of all of the kayaks we have.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect kayak for the river I bought this kayak for my 16 yr. old son. He is a medium build and this is perfect size for him maneuvering the lower mountain region rivers, and paddling around in the gulf of Mexico. It tracks very well and is easy to get in and out of the water. I weight about 185 and it work pretty good for me too.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great kayak for senior I have had sit in kayaks for 5 years. As a 72 year old I found getting in and out was sometimes difficult. Bought this nice 8' Pelican that is lightweight and very easy to get on and off while in the water. It also fits in my mini cargo van. Love this kayak and find it to be very senior user friendly
Date published: 2019-07-26
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I would like to purchase this kayak, how do I go about that?

Asked by: Geny
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

None of the Dicks near me have any of these. How can I get one.

Asked by: Anita
We unfortunately do not have information regarding in store inventory. We recommend you use the dealer locator on our website and call stores directly to get information on their stocks, or orders that they might have coming. We sell only though retailers and dealers. We hope you can get your hands on your dream boat, it seems water sports are very popular right now!
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-07-13

I am interested in purchasing this kayak, however, the shipping cost at Dicks is $170.00. Are there any ways to order this without incurring that large fee? Can I purchase this directly through Pelican? 

Asked by: Katie Butler
We do not sell direct to consumers, best option would be to pick it up at store.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-05-29

Do they stack well for transport? (Seatback fold down)?

Asked by: Cynthia
The backrests does not fold completely down, so we don't recommend stacking too much.
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-04-14

What is the difference between the sentinel and the bandit kayaks?

Asked by: Sylvester
Different dealers have different names for models.The deck and hull of these two models are the same, but they might have different colors and accessories with it ( some might add a paddle for example ). But other than that, they are the same mold. :)
Answered by: Pelican
Date published: 2020-06-03
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