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Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Kayak

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The Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Kayak combines easy handling and maneuverability with great stability to make it the most versatile boat of its kind. With an economy drop-skeg and the ability to perform in moving water up to Class II, the Aspire 105 is the perfect choice for novice and intermediate paddlers hoping to take their paddling experience beyond flat water.

- EMS

Spend a quiet morning paddling in the Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Kayak, watching ripples move through the reflections as flocks of geese soar above the glassy water. Or, if that docile scene causes you to snore, have your paddling pal slap you awake for some choppy fun on a wind-blown lake or river. Versatile, stable, and comfortable, the Aspire merges the body of a recreational touring boat with the mentality of a whitewater boat for equally pleasurable flat-water leisure paddling and river running, within reason. Take this boat down a Class V drop and you'll be in a Level I trauma center within minutes. Polyethylene takes a trouncing from novice paddlers, and keeps bouncing along. Even experienced 'yakkers sometimes sneak into a rock garden, and this rugged hull forgives all but the most egregious bumps. On the bottom, the shallow, slightly arched hull makes maneuvering magical when you're trying to creep around the broadside of a large, protruding appliance in the middle of the river. Friendly chines blend into the side wall so you can get an edge if you know what you're doing, and beginners won't be a wobbling wreck in the middle of the lake. An up-swept, high-volume bow lets you break through small surf without getting tanked. The Phase 3 AirPro outfitting cushions your tush and lifts your legs. The spring-loaded TruTrak skeg lets you beat a straight line to the shore if that morning mouthful of river water starts talking back. Playing charades on the water and you need to communicate a top' Flick your finger, lift the skeg, and start spinning. The stern bulkhead stows lunch and windbreaker safely, secured with the Orbix hatch cover. Fore and aft on-deck rigging puts essentials at your fingertips, so you're never far from, um, a cookie or a beer.

- Backcountry.com

Phase 3 AirPro Seating SystemCup Holder with DrainTruTrak Skeg SystemBungee Deck RiggingSkid PlateSoft Touch HandlesOrbix Stern HatchSlideLock Foot Brace SystemKayak KonsoleThigh and Knee Padding SpecificationsLength: 10'6 / 320 cmWidth: 29 / 47 cmMax Capacity: 400 lbs. / 182 kgDeck Height: 15.5 / 39 cmWeight: 48 lbs. / 22 kgCockpit Length: 51.5 / 131 cmCockpit Width: 23.5 / 60 cm

- River Sports Outfitters

Love to paddle lakes, but looking to enjoy the experience of some faster-moving rivers? The Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 helps expand your paddling repertoire beyond stillwater. High density polyethylene hull withstands years of use and offers high durability. Sized for medium and large paddlers, the Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 features a hybrid design that's between a purely recreational kayak and 1 designed for moving water. As with all Wilderness Systems kayaks, you'll love the confidence-inspiring stability of the Aspire 105. Shallow arch hull is easy to turn, reminiscent of Tarpon and tandem Pamlico series, and it enhances manueverability in class II rivers and even gentle surf. Upswept, full bow easily rides up and over waves. Front console fits in multiple sizes of bottles, cans, liter-sized wide-mouth bottles and smaller bottles. Gear trays on either side of the water-bottle holder offers storage for a small camera, cell phones, sunscreen or sunglasses; drain holes help keep things dry. Adjustable, spring-loaded skeg deploys with a cord on right side of cockpit and enhances tracking in flatwater. Phase 3 Air Pro seat offers excellent comfort and intuitive adjustments. Mesh stretched over contoured foam forms a perforated pad; large holes enhance airflow, and small holes enhance support for sit bones and lower back. Scalloped, contoured seat pan cradles and cushions legs, and backrest conforms to size of paddler and flexes a bit with every paddle stroke. Icons show what each adjustment strap does, and all control points are forward of the paddler and centrally located to reduce strain. Leg lifter uses handle to shore up space below your legs; back strap lowers seat back, and the angle of back rest is adjustable as well. Small gear bag under seat features a gear clip and enough capacity for a water bottle or extra food. Rear bungee cords lock seat back forward during transport.

- REI