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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: 4 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 reviewed Apr 11, 2019
$759
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Seaward Kayaks Chilco reviewed Apr 11, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
BIC Sport Bilbao reviewed Apr 10, 2019
$600 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Stellar Kayaks 14' Surf Ski S14S reviewed Apr 8, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 reviewed Apr 6, 2019
$1,059
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 reviewed Apr 3, 2019
$959
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Bandit I reviewed Feb 11, 2019
$895 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Angler reviewed Nov 15, 2018
$1049 MSRP
Advanced Elements AirFusion Elite reviewed Jun 23, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Perception Prodigy 10 reviewed Jun 5, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Alchemy 14.0L reviewed May 28, 2018
$1299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Old Town Twin Heron reviewed May 26, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 reviewed May 21, 2018
$999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Oru Kayak Bay ST reviewed Feb 8, 2018
$1,519 - $1,599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Folbot Greenland II reviewed Feb 3, 2018
$2399 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pakboats XT-15 Solo reviewed Dec 19, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Elie Sound 100 XE reviewed Nov 13, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Eddyline Sea Star reviewed Sep 19, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Current Designs Sirocco reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$1599 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Axis 12 reviewed Nov 24, 2016
$909 - $969
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite reviewed Oct 7, 2016
$1189 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS MaverIK II reviewed Sep 23, 2016
$1,895
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nigel Dennis Kayaks Romany Surf reviewed Sep 22, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea Eagle Sport 370 reviewed Aug 24, 2016
$499
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 reviewed Aug 10, 2016
$949 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
BIC Sport YAKKAir Lite 1 reviewed Jul 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dagger Axis 10.5 reviewed Jun 27, 2016
$859 - $869
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Necky Looksha T Tandem reviewed Jun 11, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Karma RG reviewed Jun 8, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 100 reviewed Jun 3, 2016
$539 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eddyline Denali reviewed May 30, 2016
$2499 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea Eagle Explorer 380x Pro Package reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$1,149
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ocean Kayak Yak Board reviewed Feb 24, 2016
$400 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pelican Sport Intrepid 100x reviewed Feb 15, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Carolina 12 reviewed Jan 16, 2016
$929
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Necky Eliza 15 with Rudder reviewed Jan 11, 2016
Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Expedition reviewed Dec 22, 2015
$949
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Jackson Kayaks Mini Tripper reviewed Dec 22, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Elements Lagoon1 reviewed Dec 16, 2015
$349
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Perception Sound 10.5 Angler reviewed Dec 4, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ocean Kayak Malibu Two reviewed Dec 4, 2015
$595 - $829
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dagger Katana 10.4 reviewed Oct 4, 2015
$1,229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Old Town Trip 10 Deluxe Angler reviewed Aug 31, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Perception Expression 11.5 reviewed Aug 23, 2015
$859
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Oru Kayak The Bay reviewed Aug 13, 2015
$1275 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$1,529
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$1,129
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pelican Sport Summit 100x reviewed Jul 29, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
LiquidLogic Remix 69 reviewed Jul 27, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dagger Zydeco 11.0 reviewed Jul 23, 2015
$599
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