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A sit-on-top with the heart of a touring boat.
Extend your storage space and go further from shore when you're sitting on top of the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Kayak. This is the longest of the Tarpon series of boats, and as such there's plenty of room to stretch out on the deck. The added length also helps this boat track straight and fast across long stretches of water and, when you're in for the long haul, you'll be happy about the luxurious, adjustable seating supporting your back.
- Polyethylene hull is highly durable and resistant to warping
- Hull width flares at the cockpit and tapers off gradually toward the stern to provide storage and cockpit space on the deck and stability on the water
- Tapered bow and little-to-no rocker from bow to stern allows this boat to track straight and fast through waves and across flat water
- Hard chine line defines the edge just below the cockpit—this design allows you to take advantage of the massive secondary stability and tip this boat on edge when turning (without going over)
- Phase 3 AirPro Seating is fully adjustable, quick-drying, and designed to provide an extra-comfortable boating experience
- SlideLock Foot Brace system gives you a pair of pedals to rest your feet on, and the pedals slide along a rail system that's adjustable to fit a variety of leg lengths
- Large Bow hatch has a locking cover and provides enough storage for a large drybag and a few other essentials
- Midship hatch features a locking cover and enough storage space for your smallest gear
- Stern tankwell provides wet storage for a lightweight anchor, dock lines, or fishing gear
- Bow, stern, and side carry handles give you secure hand-holds for loading and unloading this boat from the water
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The Tarpon 140 making waves!
Letting my daughter try out the Tarpon, she loved it!
My first sit on top
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this kayak through the winter (I live in Michigan) and thus started using it over the last couple of months once the ice melted. I have several kayaks of different sizes but they are all sit ins so this tarpon 140 was my first sit on.
It does feel different and exposed initially but after a few mins you get used to it. Then when you've used it for a while you really see the benefits of sit ons over sit ins.
It's easy to get on/off, easy to adjust seating position, easy to hang my feet in the water, with the side handles easy to carry but a bit on the heavy side. Smaller folks may find the weight a bit of a handful especially getting it on/off the car on their own but if you've got a buddy, no problem.
In terms of performance, I have an Old Town Vapor XTS, 12ft sit in and this 140 handles pretty similar to that. The differences are there but small. Overall, pretty stable, tracks well and allows for decent straight line speed. It's not got the speed of a sea kayak but for a recreational boat on calm lakes or easy going rivers this is ideal.
The Wilderness kayaks aren't cheap but they offer a lot of useful features and the boats are well made. I got mine outlet, last years model and very happy with the boat for the price.
This was also my second kayak from backcountry, both were shipped and arrived as stated without any issues. The kayaks were well wrapped and protected and I'd buy another this way without hesitation.
All in, great kayak, great service and a happy customer.