Lifetime Tioga 100
Crafted with stability and reliability in mind, the Lifetime Tioga 100 is a solid all-around recreational kayak for casual adventures on your local lake or flat river. Its no-frills design ensures that you can make the most out of your paddling experience at all times.
- Adjustable back support
- Large tankwells for gear storage
- Very stable flat hull design
- Tracking channels for improved tracking ability
- Paddle included
- Limited secondary stability
- Not suitable for open water use
- No seat pad
Size and Weight
The Lifetime Tioga 100 measures up at 10’ (304.8 cm) long and 31” (78.7 cm) wide. Its length provides it with a decent amount of natural tracking ability, particularly when compared to shorter recreational boats. Moreover, the Tioga 100 is fairly wide for a boat of its length, which helps increase its stability on the water.
At 50 lbs (22.7 kg) in weight, the Tioga 100 isn’t ultralight, but it is reasonable for a kayak of this size. Thanks to its integrated front and rear T-handles, it’s also easy enough to carry from place to place, for a more streamlined transportation experience.
Lifetime designed the Tioga 100 with a maximum weight capacity of 275 lbs (124.7 kg), so it’s strong enough to support most paddlers on short day adventures.
For paddlers that are looking to pack a substantial amount of gear, it’s important to keep in mind that one shouldn’t load a boat beyond 80% of its weight capacity.
So, the Tioga 100 has an effective maximum weight limit of 220 lbs (100 kg), making it best for average-sized paddlers that don’t have a lot of gear or smaller paddlers looking to bring a sizable amount of equipment on the water.
With the Tioga 100, Lifetime kept things fairly simple in terms of features, but they did add some functional aspects to this boat.
This kayak comes with rear and forward tankwells for gear storage. Each tankwell also has a bungee shock cord system to prevent larger pieces of gear from falling out while you’re on the water. For added functionality, Lifetime also included a dry storage hatch below deck for stashing your most essential pieces of gear.
The Tioga 100 also comes with a Quick Release Seat Back that’s fully adjustable, so you can get a decent amount of lumbar support for your back as you paddle.
To round off the boat’s list of features, it also has a paddle keeper system to prevent you from dropping your paddle in the water during a break. As an added bonus, the Tioga 100 comes with a paddle, so it has everything you need to get right out on the water.
When it comes to performance, the Tioga 100’s main claim to fame is its primary stability. As a result of its wider midsection (31”/78.7cm), the boat is naturally more stable than some slimmer options.
For additional stability, Lifetime designed this kayak with chine rails on the hull. These chine rails help to provide a more stable paddling platform, even while maneuvering in tricky waters.
With that in mind, like many boats with wide, round, and mostly flat hulls, the Tioga 100 doesn’t quite excel in terms of secondary stability. Although it’s excellent for use in flat conditions, when the water gets choppy, this kayak isn’t necessarily the most suitable option.
As far as tracking goes, the Tioga 100 benefits naturally from its longer length. While it won’t track as well as a longer touring boat, its set of deep tracking channels does help it to stay on course in calm weather conditions.
Specification: Lifetime Tioga 100