Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 with Rudder

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Tarpon 160 with rudder by Wilderness Systems features enough room for a single paddler, lots of gear and a big sense of adventure. Paddler-friendly sit-on-top kayak is perfect for exploring wildlife areas, fishing and relaxed day touring; sit-on-top design makes entry and exit fast and easy. High-density polyethylene construction offers performance, rugged durability and affordability. Multichine hull responds to your leans and delivers outstanding secondary stability. Foot pedal-controlled rudder system with cockpit deployment controls helps you steer and track effectively. Updated for 2012, the Phase 3 Air Pro sit-on-top seat offers excellent comfort and intuitive adjustments. Mesh stretched over 3-dimensional foam forms a perforated pad; large holes enhance airflow and small holes enhance support for sit bones and lower back. Scalloped, contoured seat pan cradles and cushions legs, and backrest conforms to size of paddler and flexes a bit with every paddle stroke. Series of icons shows what each adjustment strap does, and all control points are forward of the paddler and centrally located to reduce strain. Leg lifter uses handle to shore up space below your legs; back strap lowers seat back, and the angle of back rest is adjustable as well. Small gear bag under seat features a gear clip and enough capacity for a water bottle or extra food. Rear bungee cords lock seat back forward during transport. Large tank well with bungee cords securely stores tackle box and dry bags; bow bungee decking secures gear up front. Dual Slide-Trax rail system at front of seating area and tank well attach compatible accessories (not included) without tools or complicated adjustments. Keepers footbraces adjust to maximize comfort, personalizing your paddling experience and ensuring optimal paddling position. 8 in. center hatch and 19 in. bow hatch offer dry storage for small items like clothing and lunch.


The efficiency, speed and storage capacity of an expedition sea kayak with the stability of a recreational touring kayak and dimensions that are comfortable for smaller paddlers. The 160 is designed with a rudder and other amenities to accommodate experienced paddlers on extended trips and expeditions, yet it's easy enough to handle for beginners. Now equipped with the new Phase 3 Air Pro seat which features contoured perforated foam to increase ventilation and comfort. All adjustment straps are easy to use and are located forward of the paddler no more reaching behind to awkwardly pull on straps. Gear bag attached to seat holds snacks, water bottle or anything you want to keep close at hand. Bungee cords let you fold seatback down flat if you transport your boat bow-down on top of your car. Made of Gen2 polyethylene, a high-density, lightweight and superstiff plastic that allows thin yet durable walls and a smooth finish with rich, long-lasting color. SlideLock foot-brace adjustments are also within arm's reach, letting you reset the foot pegs while in the boat. Footpads are shaped to alleviate foot fatigue. Hatches and bulkheads provide plenty of dry storage for gear. Deck rigging has reflective perimeter cord for extra visibility. USA. Dimensions Overall 16' x 231/2"; Cockpit 35" x 183/4". Capacity 325 lb. Stern storage 4,079 cu. in. Bow storage 5,143 cu. in. Day hatch 2,114 cu. in. Weight 61 lb.

- L.L.Bean

The Tarpon 160 Sit-On-Top Kayak w/Rudder gives you the usability of a sit-on-top and the long-hulled speed and stability of a sit-in so you can enjoy a quiet paddle through a lake and still be able to handle choppier water. The rudder improves your tracking so even if the wind kicks up, you can maintain your course.

- Backcountry.com

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 with Rudder


The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 with Rudder is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 27, 2014 at REI.

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