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For tourers who like a stable, but not barge-like, kayak.

The Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145 Touring Kayak fuses recreational-boat stability with touring-boat outfitting and speed. The 145's multi-chimed V-hull design offers superior stability in a narrower profile.
  • Larger cockpit size is comfortable for big and tall paddlers; well-defined rim makes it easy to attach spray skirt
  • Phase 3 seating system provides excellent seat and lumbar support; padded thigh braces and adjustable foot pegs allow you to customize your kayak’s feel and obtain a comfortable fit
  • Bow and stern bulkheads stow your gear and three watertight hatch covers protect it from the elements
  • Soft Touch handles and a low carry weight make it easy to transport from your car to the shore
  • Bungee deck rigging also includes a reflective perimeter safety line to enhance your visibility to larger boats

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Yak o' my dreams

I started kayaking a year ago with a Pamlico purchased from Backcountry. That was my entry into paddling. The sport sucked me right in--I started as a recreational paddler, then managed to get enough gear in the boat to spend a couple of nights camping. I got hooked. It's become an addiction. It dawned on me that the Pamlico wasn't enough, so I've graduated to the Tsunami 145. For me it's the perfect boat. With all the adjustments that make it so comfortable, I feel like I'm wearing it. And I've had it out for a week camping on islands in the upper Mississippi and the boat was filled with gear plus room to spare. I've spent the last month practically living in it and I couldn't be happier. I've also spent some time on Lake Michigan and this vessel can handle the waves just fine--and so can I. Great boat, great customer service from Backcountry. I'll be back again when I'm ready to sit in a composite version.

5 5

Great, versatile boat

Tremendous value on this, as with most, Wildys. Agree with others that its not as fast as some other touring boats, but it leaves rec SInKs and SOTs far behind. Great stability, edges well, turns easily and easy to load/carry too. Hatches fit nice and tight, phase 3 seat is super comfy and offers alot of adjustment. I've enjoyed it so much that I added a couple of flush mount rod holders for cold weather fishing. You won't regret snagging this boat.

5 5

No buyer's remorse on this one!

I can't imagine a kayak being any more comfortable, I am 6'1", 210lbs and tried many different kayaks before deciding on this one. The deep hull is perfect for me, the seat is something I could almost sleep in! The outfitting is great, I can fit 100L/6,000 cubic inches of dry bags into the boat for several days camping. Stability is amazing, speed is not for racing, but faster than I had thought it would be. I use the boat mostly on high volume rivers (ie. The Yukon River), and large lakes, (ie. Tagish Lake). I thought I would be happy with the boat, and it has surpassed all expectations!

Love this boat!

Love this boat!

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Out in my Tsunami 145 on the Yukon River

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  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the kayak. Most comfortable seat ever. I am 6feet tall and there is plenty of room. Room behind the seat for keeping items close like water bottle and snacks. Very stable and can't wait for my first long trip.

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I bought this boat a year ago from They gave me great service. I picked it up at the store in salt lake (the girl was cute too!) We have this and a tsunami 140. First of all, Wilderness systems makes a well built boat when compared to other manufactures, even from the same parent company. For the first 8 months I didn't have a rudder and got along fine. I added a rudder and it works well, probably worth the money, but if you cant afford it, no sweat.

I'm 5'll" and 135 pounds and I love the 145 for one reason...I never have to worry about how much junk I take with me, there's room. This is nice if the weather is questionable or you want extra food along. The measurements seem insignificant compared to the 140 but there is a definite difference in size. I suppose if you're on the larger side of the scale (ie Fat) you would benefit from this boat, but if you're skinny and like to pack for any situation, this is also the boat you want. I think I have as much storage as my buddies 17 footer. The cockpit is easy to get in and out of and there is enough room to bend my legs a little - nice to move around on a long paddle trip.

There are lots of deck lines on the tsunami 140 or 145, all very nice to have. The hatches have been great on our boats, very leak proof. I have read that others were not water tight, but ours have been, even in roll overs or waves breaking over the bow. Great boats!

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I am almost 6'5" with 36+" inseam, am I...

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I am almost 6'5" with 36+" inseam, am I going to be able to slide into this cockpit with ease or difficulty. I am totally new to this.

im wondering if the tsunami 145 is pretty...

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im wondering if the tsunami 145 is pretty much the same boat as the tsunami 140 except for the length. also wondering if you can put a rudder on the boat.

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The 145 is a higher volume boat than the 140. It is 6" longer and the beam is 0.5" wider. The cockpit is also deeper. A good choice for heavier or larger paddlers. My wife (at 150#) has the 140 and I (at 220#) have the 145. Even though the 140 is actually a better fit for me, my weight and need to carry lots of camping equipment made the 145 a better choice for me. You can install a rudder on these boats.

4 5

Tsunami 145

Quick bottom line- It's a good boat for a starter-intermediate paddler who's going to be tossing it around a lot. I was a guide on lake superior for two years, and this was one of our go-to boats for our clients mainly because of it's stability yet versatility. It's plastic, so you can toss it around, hit it on rocks and it will come out okay. However, be wary that it doesn't have a skeg or rudder when you are on big or open water, that's really a down side of this boat. It's a also a little short for a longer touring boat, so I wouldn't say it's for anyone past an intermediate scale or going out onto big lakes.

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I have a Tsunami 14.5 with rudder and use it on Puget Sound and in local lakes. Have had no problem in big water or over longer distances. With the rudder the boat tracks well and is versatile enough for long distance in pretty serious water or enjoyable on lakes.

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It should actually come with a rudder, you are correct. Under the product description on the right side, backcountry lists it as not having a rudder.. That was where my concern came from.

5 5

Enjoyable boat

Second season with the Tsunami 145 and thought I'd toss 2 cents. Primary use has been on the Wisconsin River for multiday trips as well as paddling the local Madison lakes, some time on Lake Michigan. Around 250 miles in this boat so far. I'm 6'2", 220lbs. Stable, large cockpit for my frame, carries a lot of gear. Picked up on sale and have been very pleased with the purchase. From other reviews I knew I wouldn't win any races but between the comfort, load carrying ability and initial stability I have a boat I very much enjoy. Hatch seals have been fine (mentioned on other reviews as a prob).

Enjoyable boat
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I'm 5'5" 135lbs. Is this boat too big for me? I'm looking for a good touring kayak to use for paddle camping but want one I know I'll fit in and have good control in.

Tsumami on Ford's Pond in Pennsylvania

Tsumami on Ford's Pond in Pennsylvania

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