Wilderness Systems Tempest 165
Designed to fit kayakers of all sizes, the Tempest 165 will help you take your sea kayaking to a new level. Industry-leading levels of comfort and ample gear storage space combine with a progressive hull design and skeg system to make this a great kayak to develop your skills and explore in all sorts of sea conditions.
- Fits a wide range of paddlers
- Extremely comfortable
- Loads of storage
- The cockpit is difficult to drain
Size, Weight, Capacity
The Wilderness Systems 165 is designed to cover long distances efficiently. At 16’6” (503 cm) long, it offers great speed that you can easily maintain throughout the day. The kayak is only 21.5” (55 cm) wide, but don’t be afraid that the Tempest 165 lacks stability. The aggressive shape at either end of the hull gives way to a flatter area under the paddler, offering enough primary stability to relax on the water.
With a capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), the Tempest 165 has space for most paddlers and plenty of kit, whether you are heading out for a short trip or a multi-day adventure. For those who want a bit more space, there is the Tempest 170.
Unsurprisingly for a kayak of this length, the Tempest 165 isn’t the lightest boat around. That said, it’s only 55 lbs (25 kg) and is well designed to balance on your shoulder if you choose to carry it alone. Bear in mind, though, that it might be difficult to load on to your vehicle without some help.
Wilderness Systems pride themselves on ensuring that their kayaks are not only packed full of useful features, but can actually be paddled comfortably for long days on the water. The Tempest 165 is no exception. It boasts the Phase 3 AirPro XP seat, which Wilderness Systems claim to be the most comfortable seat on the market. Add to this the adjustable, padded thigh braces and Slidelock foot system and you’ve got a kayak outfitted to the highest specifications. The Tempest 165 is really comfortable and adds a new dimension of control to your paddling experience.
With such a high capacity, it would be a shame if this boat didn’t have plenty of storage, and Wilderness Systems have not disappointed. Three hatches, one bow and two stern, are separated by watertight bulkheads and sealed with domed covers to displace water and keep your gear dry. These separate hatches allow you to organise your kit and keep the boat balanced so that your efficiency is not compromised.
The top deck of the kayak is rounded to effectively shed any water which might wash over you. It’s also lined with reflective deck lines around the edges and crossed with strong bungee to stow any gear you need to access on the water. Just in front of the bow hatch is a compass recess to aid your navigation on open water.
An adjustable skeg system at the back of the kayak, controlled from the cockpit, allows you to make changes on the go, whether you want straight line speed or the ability to turn quickly and easily, depending on your environment.
Comfortable soft touch grab handles front and rear complete the enormous array of features on this kayak and make it easy to carry.
The Tempest 165 performs extremely well in all sorts of water, no mean feat for a kayak designed to fit such a wide range of paddlers. Usually when kayaks are ‘one size fits most’ they lose an element of control and comfort, but the Tempest has managed to retain these and throw a load of progressive features into the mix too.
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 Kayak Review
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Kayak Feature: Tempest 165
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Specification: Wilderness Systems Tempest 165