Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165
Designed for medium to large-sized paddlers, the Tsunami 165 has extra depth to let you stay comfortable on long days out on the water. A progressive touring kayak with plenty of space for equipment, this boat is suited to any level of paddler, whether you want to develop your skills or just go for a weekend camping trip.
- A touring kayak which can cover long distances
- Loads of space for all sizes of paddler
- Comfortable design
- Comes with a rudder
- Heavy to move around
Size, Weight, Capacity
At 16’6” (500 cm), this kayak is roughly the same length as a lot of sea kayaks and is only a little wider at 23.75” (60 cm). For a touring kayak, then, it carries a load of speed and tracks effectively over open water while maintaining that balance that makes it accessible to all levels of kayakers. Where the Tsunami 165 really gains volume is in its depth. A deck height of 15” (38 cm) means that larger paddlers can sit comfortably in a spacious cockpit area, but would mean that smaller users may struggle to reach the water to paddle this boat efficiently.
The maximum capacity of this kayak is an enormous 350 lbs (159 kg) which should be ample space for most paddlers and all of their equipment for a weekend away.
Of course, this extra space doesn’t come without some compromise, which in this case is weight. At 66 lbs (30 kg), this boat will be no easy one-person job to lift and load, especially once it’s loaded with gear.
One of the most noticeable features of this boat is the rudder system located at the stern to help steer in rough water or river currents. This can be raised and lowered from the cockpit depending on your needs.
The Tsunami 165 has static deck lines around the outside of the boat, crossed with bungee to secure any gear you need access to on the water. For any kit you need to keep dry and internal, there are three waterproof hatches, one large rear hatch and two smaller hatches, secured by covers and separated by watertight bulkheads.
The Wilderness Systems Phase 3 AirPro XP seat is said to be the most comfortable kayak seat on the market. Made from honeycomb-vented foam, it will keep you well supported and cool throughout long days on the water.
Fully adjustable slidelock foot pegs mean this boat can be quickly adapted for paddlers of varied heights. Adjustable thigh and knee braces, padded for extra comfort, give you even greater control of the Tsunami as you negotiate rivers and open water.
The v-shaped hull runs the entire length of the boat, but the varied chines balance tracking capabilities with stability.
The Tsunami 165 fits a wide range of paddlers, but the extra depth definitely lends itself to this kayak being perfect for the taller or larger framed
Beginners will develop well thanks to the stability and easy to use features of the kayak, while experienced paddlers will find the hull shape and outfitting allows them to negotiate some serious chop and swell on open water, as well as comfortably cruise down meandering rivers.
This boat is just one short step away from the world of sea kayaks, but as far as touring kayaks go, it seems to have it all.
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 Touring Sea-Kayak Overview
Wilderness Systems Tsunami Kayaks
Tsunami 165 sea kayak features
Specification: Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165