Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160

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Great "big water" ride. Fast and maneuverable. Love…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Great "big water" ride. Fast and maneuverable.


  • Fast
  • Maneuverable
  • Stable
  • Durable

Love this kayak. Did quite a bit of research prior to the purchase last spring (2013).

The rocker and narrow width make this kayak easy to maneuver and quick in a straight line. Initial stability is OK and while the width is only 23.5 inches it offers plenty of leg room. (I am 6' 0" and weigh 200 lbs.) The seat is super comfortable as Wilderness Systems seats are traditionally known to be. The skeg definitely helps in windy conditions. 

This is what I would consider a more aggressive kayak than the Tempest and with some experience you will thoroughly enjoy it. It does weigh in @ 54 lbs for the Roto-Molded design, but with a cart it is very easy to handle. I use it on big water and it is a true joy.    

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TruTrak Skeg SystemMade in the USAAdjustable Padded Thigh BracesBow, Midship, and Stern Bulkheads10 Domed Bow HatchSoft Touch HandlesDeck Rigging8-inch Domed Midship HatchSlideLock Foot Brace SystemOval Domed Stern Hatch SpecificationsLength: 16' / 488 cmWidth: 23 / 58 cmMax Capacity: 300 lbs. / 136 kgDeck Height: 17 / 43 cmWeight: 54 lbs. / 24 kgCockpit Length: 35.5 / 90 cmCockpit Width: 19 / 48 cm

- River Sports Outfitters

Looking for a playful, friendly, balanced kayak that will excel in rough seas, rock gardens, surf, and wind? You found it. The Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 was designed to provide paddlers with a combination of maneuverability and tracking to be fun in a variety of conditions.For free shipping to participating New England stores, or to ask any questions, call Customer Service at 888-463-6367.


Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 Kayak Package - The Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 sea kayak was designed to be a playful, friendly kayak that excels in rough sea conditions, rock gardens, or surf and wind. This award-winning design is extremely playful and balanced, giving you a fun combination of maneuverability and sea worthy tracking. The Zephyr 160 offers a slightly wider hull with more rocker and a pronounced bow, making it a sporty touring kayak. The beam and flare of the moderately soft-chined hull gives the Zephyr outstanding stability on edge and carves very aggressive turns. When itâ??s time to cover some distance, the TruTrak skeg keeps the Zephyr 160 moving straight and tracking true. The hydrofoil shape cuts efficiently through water, and retracts into a water-tight housing when not in use.With the Phase 3XP's ultra comfortable, multi-adjustable seating with a leg lifter, touring backband, and seat pads that contour to your body shape, you're assured a comfortable ride. The sporty Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 sea kayak offers balanced performance, making it the ultimate day or weekend exploring kayak.

- Outdoorplay

CLOSEOUTS . The Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 Pro expedition kayak looks sleek and sophisticated, but it can handle some of the roughest conditions out there. The high-performance design offers dependable maneuverability, control and comfort, as well as plenty of storage for long days on the water. Available Colors: RED/WHITE/BLACK, YELLOW/WHITE/BLACK, LIME/WHITE/BLACK, METALLIC MANGO/WHITE/BLACK.

- Sierra Trading Post

Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160


The Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen August 19, 2014 at EMS.

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