Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140
The Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140 is a large kayak meant to satisfy the serious angler. With its flip up hood to hold a lot of gear, stable deck to cast from, and thoughtful innovation to mount fish finders, it does so very well. The length makes it a great boat for offshore or inland waters alike.
- Very comfortable
- Ample dry storage
- Handles well
- Decent speed
- Harder to transport due to length
- Very heavy
Size and Weight
This kayak has a length of 14’1” (430 cm) and a width of 34” (86 cm), so it is a very big kayak. The deck height is only 15.5” (39 cm). This will help to reduce the effect of strong wind blowing it off course. At 95 lbs. (43 kg), it is also very heavy, so transporting it alone may be a burden for some, but for two people it should not be an issue.
Due to this boat’s size, it has a maximum weight capacity of 550 lbs. (250 kg). This will of course accommodate the full range of users and any equipment they choose to take with them on their trips.
Beginning at the bow, there is a rigid ergonomic carry handle that doubles as a point to secure the boat during transportation. Behind it is a “hood” that is hinged at the bow. This compartment is watertight and provides a lot of dry storage space for the user. On top of this is a paddle park.
At the front of the cockpit there is the “Flex Pod OS Removable Console”. This is essentially a dry box that fits into a hole through the deck and hull and can store electronic components, such as a transducer and a fish finder. The space can also accommodate the “Helix MD Motor Drive”, an electric motor offered by the company.
There is a storage pod located closer to you with a removable cover designed to hold other smaller gear or a beverage. Behind it, directly in front of the seat, there is a stand assist strap to hold onto while lowering yourself into the seat or to help pull yourself up.
Either side of the cockpit has a length of track to mount a variety of accessories. The seat is the “AirPro Max” which has three positions: high, low, or reclined. While on the water, the bottom part of the seat can be folded up to allow more deck space when standing to cast, and the back can be folded down for easier storage and transportation. The seat itself is mounted on two tracks which allow it to slide forward or backward depending on your seating preferences. The material it’s constructed from is a UV resistant, breathable mesh. The footrests are large and easily adjustable with a lever on the back. They are foam-covered, making them even more comfortable on longer trips.
Behind the seat is a tankwell to store a gear box or a milk crate full of tackle. Next is a rectangular stern hatch. The space under it is great for storing fishing rods or other gear. The hatch itself has a track on it to mount additional accessories and also has a bungee to carry other items as well. On either side of the hatch is another section of track for accessory mounting. At the stern is another rigid carry handle and then a ledge to mount a trolling motor or a rudder system.
While it isn’t specifically designed with speed in mind, its length of just over 14 feet (426.7 cm), lets the A.T.A.K. 140 easily cut through the water and provide a smooth paddling experience at a nice clip. The primary and secondary stability of the boat is also very good, being able to handle the user leaning heavily to one side. It was designed to stand on for fishing or paddling upright and provides a stable platform to do both. Its length helps it to stay on course very well. Despite how long it is, it still maneuvers well, although it isn’t as responsive as a shorter boat would be.
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Specification: Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140