The ACK merchandising team spent last week at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City to check out the latest and greatest products as well as revisit others that remained tried and true. On day one of the show the team was invited to the Wilderness Systems booth to go over new products, review changes to current products, and best of all get a sneak peek of something very special, The Wilderness Systems Advanced Tactical Angler Kayak. aka A.T.A.K.
The ATAK is a new breed of boat for Wilderness Systems. Wildy used pro-staff feedback as well as customer input via social media to find out exactly what their end user would like in a boat. All this research was done before the team at Wildy even drafted their first sketch. Based on the collected feedback, customers were looking for a boat that had both features that appeal to the new kayak angler, but needed to be a customizable dream platform for the serious tournament fisherman, all while utilizing an open concept floor plan. One of the most appealing parts to the ATAK is that it can be adapted to many environments including tournaments, inland lakes, marsh flats, near-shore, off-shore, fly and sight fishing as well as trolling.
But here comes the banger: The designers over at Wildy have created a new console called the FlexPod OS. The FlexPod is, well, flexible. It rides forward of the paddler and can be used to house a fishfinder (similar to the pod in the Ride 115x), it can be used for gear stowage, or it can be replaced with a version that holds 2 batteries; one for your electronics and the other for the ATAK’s forward/reverse motor! This self-contained unit doesn’t require any complicated wiring and is both lightweight and exceptionally durable. Based on battery selection and speed the A.T.A.K. has a window of two-and-a-half to four hours of run time. Batteries can also be doubled for a longer run time.
Our friends over at Wildy were kind enough to show us a short clip of the A.T.A.K. prototype, outfitted with the motor, in action. Watching it cruise around the lake gave us all visions of the possibilities of this boat. Accompanied with Wildy’s October release of the its new lean bar will make this a sight or fly fisherman’s dream rig. It’s no wonder after seeing its smooth and quiet operation that Wilderness System’s dubbed their new boat the ATAK .
Estimated ship date is spring 2015 for the ATAK and late summer 2015 for the Flex Pod Motor Drive.
Kirill Braynin/Associate Buyer/ACK.com