Wilderness Systems Focus 145

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Built for paddlers ready to take their skills to the next level, the Wilderness Systems FocusTM145 Kayak with Rudder blends stability with efficiency for day tours.

- REI

In the brand-new Wilderness Systems Focus 145 Ruddered Kayak, you can zip through open water, lakes, and slow-moving rivers while still enjoying an occasional overnight outing. The designers took the stability and reliability of the touring Tsunami and blended it with the speed and efficiency of the expedition-oriented Tempest. The resulting boat, the Focus, fills a void in the kayak world: an advanced touring boat that tackles any type of water and goes from 0-60 faster than most high-performance sports cars. (And unlike those sleek automobiles, you won't burn through your entire tank of gas just getting your wheels going.)The shallow V of the polyethylene hull fades into rounded chines for incredible maneuvering through a variety of conditions. Throw down an hour of hard paddling across the harbor on a breezy day, or trim a tight line if you're spending the day birding in the marshes. When seas get choppy and a straight line can't be bought, drop the BTS rudder and marvel at your tracking tenacity. The cockpit can handle all but the most massive 'yakkers, and the Phase 3 AirPro XP seat will keep every body paddling in comfort. Adjustable hip pads and padded thigh braces gives a new meaning to stroking pleasure, and it's something you can even do in public. Outfitted for expeditions but built for short excursions, the Focus is filled with smart storage options. The deck rigging scheme puts your rain shell at your fingertips and lets you store an extra (2-piece) paddle behind you. Bow and stern hatches add volume in the front and back for bouncy and cargo space whether you're packing snacks for a mid-workout break or toting a tent for an overnight quickie.

- Backcountry.com