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Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Pungo 120 Ultralite has been discontinued. It was replaced by the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120.

photo: Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Ultralite recreational kayak

Very comfortable kayak! Great for beginners and novice kayakers. It tracks extremely well, but I would not recommend it for small streams or rough water.


  • Lightweight
  • Exceptional tracking
  • Amazing storage space
  • Very comfortable


  • Doesn't turn swiftly

I bought this kayak in July of 2012 because I blew out my lower back and had to have surgery in late May, so I needed a lighter kayak than the Old Town Vapor that I owned. Although there are lighter weight kayaks than this at 39lbs., this suits my needs perfectly.

I have paddled lakes in the ADK's and Finger Lakes, and on the canal in upstate N.Y. So far I LOVE this kayak! It has handled very well in 2-3ft waves, and on quiet water it glides effortlessly. Turning does take some effort because it tracks so well. I have done several kayak camping trips in the ADK's, and can easily fit all my gear in and on this boat. I even tow my dog behind me in his Sevylor raft.

As far as durabilty, I'm pretty rough on my gear, even dropping the kayak on several occasions off of the rack on the top of my Wrangler and it has held up well, with only some scratches on the bottom. It is very stable, even full of gear, towing a full raft, and I am not a lightweight at 230lbs! The rear storage compartment is unbeatable! Not only would I guarantee your stuff would stay dry, I can't believe how much you can put in there! The cockpit is also quite comfortably roomy. I bought the dashboard to go with this because I'm a photographer, and it has worked out great!

I would highly recommend this kayak, and the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y., where I buy all my kayaks.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $950

Nice lightweight kayak. Roomy large cockpit. Defect in manufacturing, screws at handles cause cracking and eventual breakage of material.


  • Great tracking
  • Comfortable seat
  • Roomy with lots of storage space


  • Screws crack material from handles
  • Flimsy material
  • Scratches easily

At first I loved this kayak, but after just a few uses, I noticed the handles starting to crack around the screw. This was under warranty, I've been waiting for over three months for a replacement with no delivery date yet to be seen. Now I have a hole in my kayak and can not use it.

The material is very flimsy. If you fall out of the kayak and try to climb back up, the kayak caves in but bounces back. Very delicate material scratches easily. 

On the positive side, it tracks wonderfully and is lightweight.

Wilderness Systems does not supply the Storage Console with this model so you can purchase that for convenience of storage right in front of you, but it obviously adds to the weight of the kayak, and will cost you another $75.

Pricetag is too high and does not stand up to Wilderness Systems' good name.


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1249

A great kayak. I have had it for 7 years. Lightweight. Nice and roomy cockpit. I use it in lakes and rivers.


  • Light weight
  • Easy to carry by myself
  • Storage ahead of my feet


  • No console in the lightweight model

Overall, I think it is a great kayak. I use it weekly. Traveled many miles with it.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 1490

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Price MSRP: $1,189.00
Historic Range: $849.00-$1,299.00
Reviewers Paid: $950.00-$1,490.00