Wilderness Systems Kayaks in 2022: Full Model Lineup and Reviews

Wilderness Systems has been making kayaks since 1986. The company’s mission, reflected in its ‘chasing perfection’ motto, was always to create kayaks that let everyone truly enjoy their time out on the water. Wilderness Systems have been innovating and developing since the very start. Some of their kayaks have collected awards and accolades throughout the world.

The current Wilderness Systems range is primarily recreational and touring kayaks designed to get you beyond the ordinary.

In this overview, we take a look at Wilderness Systems’ kayak model line for 2022. Maybe one of these is the ideal kayak for your needs, so make sure you click through to the detailed reviews. Enjoy!


Wilderness Systems Aspire 105

Wilderness Systems Aspire 105

Length: 10’ 6” (320 cm)
Width: 29”(74 cm)
Weight: 48 lbs (22 kg)
Capacity: 400 lbs (181 kg)

The Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 is a recreational sit-inside kayak that is the perfect crossover of performance and versatility for beginner and intermediate paddlers with an emphasis on rider comfort.


Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125

Length: 12’ 9″ (388 cm)
Width: 26” (66 cm)
Weight: 51 lbs (23 kg)
Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)

A touring kayak in a shorter, easier to transport package, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125 is comfortable, fast, and carries enough gear for a day trip or an overnighter. Beginner-friendly, it also offers enough speed and maneuverability for more experienced kayakers.


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 135T

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 135T

Length: 13’ 6” (411cm)
Width: 34” (86 cm)
Weight: 88 lbs (40 kg)
Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)

If you’re looking for a reliable kayak for yourself and a friend or family member, look no further! A striking combination of value and features, the Tarpon 135T is made to not be too long while giving you what you need to always have a memorable occasion on the water.


Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145

Length: 14’6″ (442 cm)
Width: 25.5” (65 cm)
Weight: 56 lbs (25 kg)
Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)

A touring kayak for all abilities, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 offers comfort, speed and internal volume to make a great day tripper or weekend kayak. This boat will instill confidence in the novice paddler, while experienced kayakers will enjoy the speed and maneuverability that enables you to keep going for long days on the water.


Wilderness Systems Radar 115

Wilderness Systems Radar

Length: 11’ 8” (356 cm)
Width: 34.5” (88 cm)
Weight: 85 lbs (38.5 kg)
Capacity: 450 lbs (204 kg)

The Wilderness Systems Radar 115 is a great kayak for anglers who want a variety of options. Short enough to be transported easily, the kayak can be paddled or accommodate a pedal drive or electric motor system. With plenty of space for accessories, this boat can be customized to suit any user’s needs.


Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140

Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140

Length: 14’1” (430 cm)
Width: 34” (86 cm)
Weight: 95 lbs (43 kg)
Capacity: 550 lbs (250 kg)

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.


Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165

Length: 16’6” (500 cm)
Width: 23.75” (60 cm)
Weight: 66 lbs (30 kg)
Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)

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.


Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120

Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120

Length: 12’ 3” (371 cm)
Width: 16” (41 cm)
Weight: 86 lbs (39 kg)
Capacity: 400 lbs. (181 kg)

The A.T.A.K. 120 by Wilderness Systems is the continuation of the A.T.A.K. 140 model and it carries the legacy well. This boat is designed for anglers who want a shorter kayak that retains the features and stability of the previous model. Its shorter size helps it to be more responsive and easier to transport.


Wilderness Systems Ripper 80

Wilderness Systems Ripper 80

Length: 8’ (244 cm)
Width: 30” (76 cm)
Weight: 39 lbs (18 kg)
Capacity: 225 lbs (102 kg)

Just as at home in coastal waters as in lakes or slow-moving rivers, the Ripper is a universal boat made to ease onto and simply enjoy hours on the water in comfort and style. This kayak is an ultra-stable, quick, and playful sit-on-top for those looking for the dependability, performance, and comfort of Wilderness Systems kayaks in a compact package.


Wilderness Systems Aspire 100

Wilderness Systems Aspire 100

Length: 10’ (305 cm)
Width: 27.5” (70 cm)
Weight: 44 lbs (20 kg)
Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)

Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 is a recreational sit-inside kayak which boasts a nimble yet durable design geared toward rider comfort and the perfect crossover of performance and versatility.


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105

Length: 10’6” (320 cm)
Width: 32” (81 cm)
Weight: 55 lbs (25 kg)
Capacity: 325 lbs (147 kg)

Sea, lake, river or pond, the Tarpon models from Wilderness Systems are sit-on-top versatility recreational standards. In 2019, a new and improved version of their award-winning Tarpon 100 was unveiled- the Tarpon 105. The newly designed Tarpon 105 is a nostalgic mix of superior performance and modern comfort that continues the Tarpon legacy.


Wilderness Systems Pungo 105

Wilderness Systems Pungo 105

Length: 10’6” (320 cm)
Width: 30” (76 cm)
Weight: 47 lbs (21 kg)
Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)

The smallest of the Pungo line, Wilderness Systems Pungo 105 model adds creative customizable options, increased rider comfort, and performance enhancements.


Wilderness Systems Pungo 125

Wilderness Systems Pungo 125

Length: 12’6” (381 cm)
Width: 29” (75 cm)
Weight: 53 lbs (24 kg)
Capacity: 425 lbs (193 kg)

Fully experience the joy of kayaking with one of the world’s best-selling recreational kayaks, the Wilderness Systems Pungo. Designed for maximum comfort without sacrificing either speed or stability, the Pungo 125 is the longest offering of the series. It is meant specifically to provide relief for taller paddlers, and has the necessary design features to allow you to engage in extended kayaking trips, or light day use at your discretion


Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T

Length: 13’ 6” (411 cm)
Width: 31” (79 cm)
Weight: 72 lbs (32.7 kg)
Capacity: 500 lbs (227 kg)

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T is a recreational sit-inside tandem kayak that can also work in a solo configuration. The idea behind this design is that it allows the users to travel long distances swiftly, even if just for a day trip. It does not have a lot of features, but it is a reliable and comfortable boat for recreational trips.


Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

Length: 12’ 2” (371 cm)
Width: 29” (75 cm)
Weight: 49 lbs (22 kg)
Capacity: 325 lbs (147 kg)

With its sturdy deck, great tracking, precision curves, and maximum capacity configuration, this sit-in recreational kayak is built for speed, all-day kayaking, and enjoyment at all skill levels.

Wilderness Systems also updated the familiar Pungo 120 cockpit with a new dashboard, complete with new capabilities for more versatile kayaking on calm waters.


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

Length: 12’ 3” (373 cm)
Width: 31” (79 cm)
Weight: 63 lbs (29 kg)
Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg)

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 by is a great kayak for nearly every situation. This 12’ sit-on-top fishing kayak performs well in lakes, rivers, and open waters. If you like to explore a plethora of new environments, look no further than the Tarpon 120.


Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T

Length: 14’ 6” (442 cm)
Width: 31” (79 cm)
Weight: 73 lbs (33 kg)
Capacity: 550 lbs (249 kg)

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T is a sit-inside tandem kayak that can also work in a solo configuration. The idea behind this design is that it allows the users to travel long distances swiftly, even if just for a day trip. It does not have a lot of features, but it is a reliable and comfortable boat for recreational trips.


Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140

Length: 14’ (427 cm)
Width: 25.5” (65 cm)
Weight: 53 lbs (24 kg)
Capacity: 325 lbs (147 kg)

A touring kayak for all abilities, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 balances comfort, speed and space to make a great day tripper or weekend kayak. This boat will instill plenty of confidence in the novice paddler, while experienced kayakers will enjoy the speed and maneuverability that enables you to keep going for long days on the water.


Wilderness Systems Radar 135

Wilderness Systems Radar 135

Length: 13’ 6” (412 cm)
Width: 34’” (86 cm)
Weight: 90 lbs. (41 kg)
Capacity: 475 lbs. (215 kg)

The Radar 135 from Wilderness Systems provides anglers with rock-solid stability and plenty of accessories for extended trips on the water. With its larger size and the option to mount a variety of drives and fish finders, this kayak is ready for any environment.


Wilderness Systems Tempest 170

ilderness Systems Tempest 170

Length: 17’ (518 cm)
Width: 22” (56 cm)
Weight: 57 lbs (26 kg)
Capacity: 325 lbs (147 kg)

Designed to fit kayakers of all sizes, the Tempest 170 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.


Wilderness Systems Tempest 165

Wilderness Systems Tempest 165

Length: 16’6” (503 cm)
Width: 21.5” (55 cm)
Weight: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)

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.


Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175

Length: 17’6” (528 cm)
Width: 24” (61 cm)
Weight: 68 lbs. (31 kg)
Capacity: 400 lbs (181 kg)

Designed for medium to large-sized paddlers, the Tsunami 175 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.


Wilderness Systems Polaris 180T

Wilderness Systems Polaris 180T

Length: 17’10” (544 cm)
Width: 29” (72 cm)
Weight: 85 lbs (39 kg)
Capacity: 550 lbs (249 kg)

DesigA tandem sit-in kayak with all the outfitting and comfort of a solo boat, the Polaris 180T is the perfect touring choice for couples or pairs wanting to paddle together. This kayak has loads of storage space and all sorts of features, making it the ideal choice for a weekend trip or long days on the water.


Picture Model (click for full review) Specs Where to Buy
Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Size: 10’6” x 29”
Weight: 48 lb
Capacity: 400 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125Size: 12’ 9″ x 26”
Weight: 51 lb
Capacity: 300 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 135TSize: 13’ 6”x 34”
Weight: 88 lb
Capacity: 350 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Size: 14’6″x 25.5”
Weight: 56 lb
Capacity: 350 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Radar 115 Size: 11’ 8” x 34.5”
Weight: 85 lb
Capacity: 450 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 140 Size: 14’1” x 34”
Weight: 95 lb
Capacity: 550 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 Size: 16’6”x 23.75”
Weight: 66 lb
Capacity: 350 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120 Size: 12’ 3” x 16”
Weight: 86 lb
Capacity: 400 lb
Backcountry
Wilderness Systems Ripper 80Size: 8’x 30”
Weight: 39 lb
Capacity: 225 lb
Backcountry
Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 Size: 10’x 27.5”
Weight: 44 lb
Capacity: 300 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105 Size: 10’6” x 32”
Weight: 55 lb
Capacity: 325 lb
REI
Wilderness Systems Pungo 105Size: 10’6” x 30”
Weight: 47 lb
Capacity: 300 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Pungo 125 Size: 12’6” x 29”
Weight: 53 lb
Capacity: 425 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135TSize: 13’ 6” x 31”
Weight: 72 lb
Capacity: 500 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120Size: 12’ 2” x 29”
Weight: 49 lb
Capacity: 325 lb
REI
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120Size :12’ 3” x 31”
Weight: 63 lb
Capacity: 350 lb
REI
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145TSize: 14’ 6” x 31”
Weight: 73 lb
Capacity: 550 lb
Backcountry
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140Size: 14’ x 25.5”
Weight: 53 lb
Capacity: 325 lb
Backcountry
Wilderness Systems Radar 135Size: 13’ 6” x 34’”
Weight: 90 lb
Capacity: 475 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Size: 17’ x 22”
Weight: 57 lb
Capacity: 325 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 Size: 16’6” x 21.5”
Weight: 55 lb
Capacity: 300 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175Size: 17’6” x 24”
Weight: 68 lb
Capacity: 400 lb
Amazon
Wilderness Systems Polaris 180TSize: 17’10” x 29”
Weight: 85 lb
Capacity: 550 lb
Amazon

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