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Recent Kayak Reviews

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My husband and I bought the Tarpon 100 kayaks for each other for Christmas 2017. We are extremely satisfied with the kayaks and can't wait for warmer weather to take them out this spring! So far we are very happy with the Tarpon 100 kayaks. We have used them in the bay and various lakes. I love the size in that we can throw them in the back of his truck without using a carrier. They were great in the bay in the Outerbanks—even had our dog on the kayak with us! Wilderness Systems builds a sturdy… Full review

Seaward Kayaks Chilco

rated 5 of 5 stars Beauty and performance at a reasonable price point. From their website, "Seaward has produced the finest handcrafted kayaks in the world for 30 years. Our reputation is based on quality, innovation and attention to detail. When you purchase a Seaward Kayak you buy a product on which you can depend to take you further."   Find them here http://www.seawardkayaks.com Seaward Kayaks is located in Canada and hand builds all their composite boats from the finest materials. They sell direct to the consumer… Full review

BIC Sport Bilbao

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A tough little kayak with surprising performance... Mention BIC and most people think about lighters and writing pens, but they make so much more. In 1979 BIC Sport was founded by the Bich family, makers of BIC pens and lighters. BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for water sports and expertise in sustainable manufacturing. By the late 1980s BIC Sport was a world leader in windsurf manufacturing. Since then they have expanded into surf boards, paddle boards, small sailboats, and kayaks. Full review

Stellar Kayaks 14' Surf Ski S14S

rated 5 of 5 stars Been wishing for a high performance, lightweight SOT??? Your wish has been granted. Behold the Stellar S14S. The Stellar S14S is a hybrid cross between a recreational SOT and a surf ski kayak. It's a composite boat, which means unlike its roto-molded siblings, it's very lightweight not to mention easily repaired. It's also beautiful to look at both on and off the water. Most of all, it's an absolute pleasure to paddle. So what the heck is a surf ski kayak anyway? Surf ski kayaks have been around… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140

rated 5 of 5 stars A versatile, high quality kayak built to last a lifetime. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 is not marketed as a lightweight boat, so I'm not going to deduct points because it's heavy, but know that it is. The Orbix hatches used on these boats look really cool and are convenient to open and close; but they all leak which some people consider a really big deal. I don't. Kayaking is a water sport. That means I and my stuff will probably get wet. Stuff I don't want wet I put in a dry bag; easy. You… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100

rated 3 of 5 stars A hard boat to justify. Without a doubt Wilderness Systems builds exceptional plastic kayaks. They will easily last a lifetime of heavy use with minimal care. They are virtually indestructible in the hands of all but the most extreme users. The Tarpon 100, 120, 140, and 160 all offer what many consider to be the most comfortable SOT seat and driest ride available.  They also come with quite the feature set. So what's the problem? I'll start with the hatches. The Orbix hatches used on these boats… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best balanced "all around" kayaks available. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 is not marketed as a lightweight boat, so I'm not going to deduct points because it's heavy, but know that it is. The hatch covers look super cool, but I've yet to know one that doesn't leak.  So now you know the bad. Now let's talk about the good.   The seat is adjustable three different ways while you're sitting in it and offers one of the driest rides in the business. No sitting in a puddle. These attributes… Full review

NRS Bandit I

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought it after a friend let me use his Duckie, but it was a totally different type of boat. The Bandit is small and maneuverable and a lot of fun. I purchased this inflatable used from an outfitter. Got it at about half the price of a new one. I then had thigh straps and foot braces installed. Ran the Upper Pigeon from the powerhouse input down to the SMO takeout about 200 times at levels from low water to about 4,000 FPS. I ended up swimming a couple of times. The first time I did it I sat for… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Angler

rated 2 of 5 stars The most important issue being the watertight storage, it's sadly not water tight and leaks like a sieve. Mine was purchased at Up & Under, UK, and manufactured under license by Palm Europe International. It was returned twice because of the bad leak and a full refund issued. No replacement offered as there is a mould (mold) issue and the 120 will always leak. If it was not for the leak it would have scored highly, but a boat that leaks is not much use. Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Sit-on-Top
$1,059
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS MaverIK II Inflatable
$1,895
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dagger Katana 10.4 Whitewater
$1,229
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Dirigo 106 Recreational
$750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Sit-on-Top
$959
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Elements Lagoon1 Inflatable
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Axis 10.5 Recreational
$859 - $869
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Expression 11.5 Touring
$859
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Oru Kayak Bay ST Folding
$1,519 - $1,599
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Emotion Kayaks Glide Recreational
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Current Designs Double Vision Tandem Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dagger Mamba 7.6 Whitewater
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
LiquidLogic Remix XP 10 Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Camden 120 Recreational
$900 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Zephyr 160 Touring
$1599 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Alchemy 14.0L Touring
$1299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic Hoss Whitewater
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic Jefe Grande Whitewater
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Prodigy 13.5 Recreational
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Journey 14 With Rudder Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nigel Dennis Kayaks Romany Surf Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Sit-on-Top
$949 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Manitou 14 Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stellar Kayaks 14' Surf Ski S14S Sit-on-Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic Inuit 12.5 Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Heron Recreational
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Pelican Sport Pursuit 140 Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Seaward Kayaks Chilco Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eddyline Denali Touring
$2499 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 100 Recreational
$699 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 12XTS Recreational
$600 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 Touring
$1169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Looksha 12 Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks 2 Fun Whitewater
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler Fishing Kayak / Sit-on-Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Tandem Touring
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Elie Sound 100 XE Recreational
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Otter Recreational
$800 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Eddyline Sea Star Touring
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Ripper Sit-on-Top
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Impex Kayak Montauk Touring
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Old Town Vapor 10 Recreational
$382 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Recreational
$999
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem Recreational
$1,129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Vapor 10XT Recreational
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder Touring
$1,529
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Pro Package Inflatable
$1,149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Touring
$1,299 - $1,529
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Predator 13 Sit-on-Top
$1,190 - $2,799
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