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A hybrid boat that tours and tackles a bit of whitewater.

Unlike a host of other hybrid boats hitting the water, the Wilderness Systems Aspire 100 Kayak takes a touring approach and throws in a twist of whitewater for a wickedly versatile boat. Hitting the river just prior to peak runoff and sneaking out for a pre-dawn paddle on a tranquil lake no longer require two boats when you have the Aspire 100 in your possession. The shallow hull means maneuvering over class II water is simple, and the drop-down skeg makes tracking a tight line in choppy water nearly effortless. With this slick ride, you get the stability of a touring boat with the frisky attitude of a whitewater boat for a wide variety of paddling situations.

The rugged polyethylene hull will weather rocks, sand, and even the occasional aggressive sea animals. Even pro kayakers make an occasional mistake, and this sturdy boat manages to forgive all but the most hard-hitting incidents. The slightly arched hull makes navigating chop cheeky fun as the upswept bow bounces merrily along up and over the waves. Signature Wilderness Systems chines blend into the sidewall for incredible stability.

Smaller paddlers will find the cockpit sized just for them, with a slightly shorter length and wide, easy access. The Phase 3 AirPro outfitting can be tweaked for a custom fit, and the sliding footbraces bring the necessary elements for a comfy paddle. The spring-loaded TruTrak skeg lets you scribe a straight line, be it to the shore or the party island in the middle of the lake. The stern hatch sports an Orbix cover to protect your midday sustenance, and an adjustable water bottle holder means you should never run dry. Fore and aft on-deck rigging puts essentials at your fingertips so you're never far from a cookie or beer.

  • Polyethylene hull
  • Asymmetrical, slightly rockered hull
  • Phase 3 AirPro seat
  • Thigh and knee padding
  • SlideLock foot brace system
  • Tru Trak adjustable skeg system
  • Orbix stern hatch
  • Stern bulkhead
  • Fore and aft deck bungee rigging
  • Molded in-console water bottle storage and tray
  • Skid plate
  • Fore and aft carrying handles

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The perfect versatility for a beginner.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had this boat for two years now and use it mainly for touring, but sometimes for some light white water. It been perfect for me, my husband and my two pre-teen sons. We all find it comfortable and very easy to adjust to our different heights. It's stable, and easy for them to get in and out of.

It tracks well on the big, smooth open water and even my novice sons have an easy time getting it through the tight spots.

If you want to get into some faster moving waters, the skeg pulls up easily. I taken this through some strong eddies on the Snake River and it's been very stable as well as easily maneuverable. If you want to get into a little lower class white water it will take a skirt.

Also, I found a video of some add-ons to an Aspire that was set up by a yak-packer, and kayak fisherman. I found it very creative and thought provoking. Here's the link, if you're interested:

If you have any questions, hit me up!

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead

The perfect versatility for a beginner.