Pros: The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak is great for long trips and those sun set kayaking days where it's just you and your dog. We plenty of pockets to store your equipment this is a versatile kayak which is great on lakes, swamps, ponds and bays.
Cons: The price for the sit-on-top kayak is a little high however this is justified by the huge range of add-ons this kayak has. With a foot brace brace, comfortable cup seat, Orbix Bow and Midship Hatches and much more this has to be one of the best kayaks in the market.
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak Reviews
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak is a fun play boat. This kayak can take you out on the river, lake, swamp or surf. If there is room to float, this kayak will handle it. It is a versatile kayak that is great to take fishing or camping. With a 10 foot length and 55 pound weight, you will have no trouble getting this kayak from vehicle to launch, making this a perfect kayak for the beginner. The ability to go anywhere makes it a great choice for the seasoned kayaker. It can even handle light Class I and II rapids.
The seat is very well designed. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak utilizes the New Phase 3 AirPro SOT Seating System. This system provides excellent back stability. It is highly adjustable and is comfortable to sit it for hours. The seat drains well and has just the right balance between ventilation, drainage, cushioning and support. The seat is above the base so that any water that might make it past the scuppers will not find its way to your seat.
Unlike some kayaks, the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak was designed with ergonomic features, such as a helping to keep the blood flow high in your legs. It also takes some of the pressure off of the legs that can lead to fatigue on long kayaking trips. For those with short legs or long legs, the Keepers Footbrace System will adjust to your perfect setting. The angle of the back is also adjustable. All adjustment features are clearly labeled and are in front of the driver so that there is no strain because of the need to twist around. No matter what your size or shape, you should have no problems adjusting the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak to your build. You will have this kayak out on the water in no time at all.
There are two storage compartments, one small for wallets, phones and other personal items. And a large compartment to store gear, lunch, as well as any extra clothing. The storage compartments feature turn and lock, 8-inch Orbix hatch covers to keep everything nice and dry. There is ample room in the tankwell to pack a cooler on this kayak. While this kayak was not built for long camping trips, it is built for shorter excursions.
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak tracks as well, or better, than most kayaks of this length. It is hard to believe that this kayak is only 10 feet long. The stability it offers to people of all sizes is phenomenal. It is rugged and will provide years of service with minimal care. The design of the bow and the width of the kayak allow it to paddle into the wind without loss of control. The manoeuvrability allows you to tack around if that is what you want to do. It comes in 6 different colors so you are spoilt for choice
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak is great if you fish small rivers, lakes and ponds. This is the perfect kayak for small waters. The kayak turns in tight spots and you can go anywhere without worrying. If you live near the ocean, don’t worry, this is a sit on top kayak and you probably already know how much fun they are on the ocean. You can easily add rod mounts that fit your gear.
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak has been used by kayakers of all ages. It is stable enough in the water to handle getting out even if you suffer from arthritis or other conditions affecting your movement. Because of its light weight, it can easily be transported using a small kayak cart for when you are going out solo and don’t have a carrying buddy. A small kayak works well for those of us who are smaller since it is easier to move in the water. The width of this kayak makes paddling easy whether you are tall or short. It can not be said enough that this is the perfect kayak for someone just getting into the sport or who needs a quick grab and go kayak. If you have guests who are not regular kayakers, the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 kayak will be perfect for them when they join you on the water.
What I Like About the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Kayak
- Stable – almost impossible to tip
- Light to carry
- Can handle all types of water
- Versatile kayak that performs well for paddlers of all ages and skill levels
- SlideTrax accessory system