Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder

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The Wilderness Tsumani 14' is a touring kayak that…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new (I first rented then purchased via a retailer)
Price Paid: MSRP $1400

Summary

The Wilderness Tsumani 14' is a touring kayak that is a well balanced boat with plenty of storage room for either day trips or overnight treks. This kayak paddles easy — and is durable for the mountain lakes and slower rivers.

A user friendly boat that provides no nonsense enjoyment where you launch. I have used this boat to teach numerous beginners. Best suited for entry to mid level paddlers looking for options to get out on the water. Plenty of storage capacity with easy entry and exit.

Pros

  • Ease of paddling
  • Stability
  • Storage
  • Riding low in the water
  • Rudder easy to use in choppy waters

Cons

  • Won't win any speed races
  • Wish it had a small bag/netting in front of the paddler for personal items

The Wilderness Tsumani 14' is a touring kayak that is a well balanced boat with plenty of storage room for either day trips or overnight treks. This kayak paddles easy — and is durable for the mountain lakes and slower rivers in my area. A user friendly boat that provides no nonsense enjoyment wherever you launch.

I am 5'7" and this boat fits me nicely.  

I use this boat for: personal treks (including extended overnight treks here in southwest Montana) and for teaching new paddlers (instruction and training — both male and females). Due to the boat's balance this gives the new paddler an opportunity to hone their skills and increase their confidence level.  

The cockpit is easy to enter and exit and allows for plenty of freedom of movement. Seat and foot pegs are easy to adjust. The seat adjustments provide support for my low back while reducing the strain on my hamstrings. The result? I can paddle longer with an increased enjoyment of each trip.  

This boat best fits the skills of new to mid level paddlers. 

The storage provided with the three hatches allows for plenty of gear to be stowed.  The carrying capacity provides me an opportunity to pack a nicer camp which increases the enjoyment factor.  

I purchased my Tsunami with a rudder, which I am glad I did. I don't use this feature unless absolutely necessary. The few  times I needed assistance paddling in strong winds and choppy waters I was glad I had it to use. Easy to engage and very responsive to foot peg control.  

I wish there were a small bag or netting for storage of personal items while paddling (ie small water bottle, sunscreen, chap stick, camera, etc).  

The color of my Tsunami is a dark blue which is good looking but when compared to other kayak colors won't turn any heads.  

This kayak won't win any speed races. But the ease of paddling, stability and storage make up for any deficiencies. Who is in a hurry anyway?  

Highly recommend this for the paddler looking for an all around boat. I will be putting another Wilderness Systems Tsunami in my fleet based on the enjoyment factor, ease of paddling, stability and price.  

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Kirk, and thanks for the helpful kayak review. I'd love to see some pics too.


30 days ago

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