Product Review: Tarpon 100

Light, nimble, full featured
and affordable.

What do you get when you take one of the most well-respected, popular and proven kayak and shrink it? Not much really, you just get a smaller and lighter version of it. Ok, bad joke but in all seriousness, we wanted to share this short and sweet review that one of our very own customers wrote after he paddled the Tarpon 100 on the Devil’s River for 4 days. If you’ve ever paddled this river, you know that the Tarpon 100 was put through a pretty tough test.

First reaction — sweet boat! My goal was to find a kayak for some fun surf play, river and small lakes where maneuverability is very important and I was very impressed with the Tarpon 100. Don’t be fooled by the size of this kayak. I am 6’1” weighing in at 185 and felt that the Tarpon was stable. In fact, I was able to stand up and sight cast but I have to admit that it did get a little wobbly when I did this. The tracking was surprisingly good for a 10’ kayak even when I paddled hard.

In terms of features, the adjustable seat is very comfortable and was simple to adjust. I also needed a kayak that was able to hold my camping gear since I was planning to take it on a 4-day trip down the Devil’s river. This list included a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, small overnight bag, food, water and fishing supplies and to my surprise, it all fit!

I also like the fact that this boat is pretty light and I am able to easily pick it up over my head and walk it to and from my vehicle which is a big plus.

Overall, I gave this kayak 5 out of 5 stars!

ACK Customer

Editor’s Note: Do you have a Tarpon 100? We’d love to hear from you too…comment below!

A Second Devil’s River Kayak Trip

A while back I tried to get some guys together for a Frio River kayaking trip that never happened.  In the meantime, my buddy ‘Bear’ mentioned that I should look into the Devil’s River as a better option.  Turns out one of the ACK staff is also planning a DR run for early next year so I’ll do some advance scouting for them.

At the time I was really set on paddling the Frio River and never even gave the Devil’s River a second thought.  But like any great journey, it starts off as a small seed and grows into something that seems to take on its own life.

I wish I could say that we spent months planning and going over every detail of the trip, but that would be a lie.  To be honest, we leave in less than two weeks and the trailer is still in its final stages of assembly and some of the details for the trip are fuzzy at best.  If I told you I wasn’t a little nervous, that would be a lie too.

However, I am making this kayak trip with two friends that I have known for more than half my life. During our teenage years the three of us were involved in a number of close encounters with death and even more memorable experiences.  Sometimes I think the only difference between being a teenager and an adult is that we don’t have to ask permission to conquer the great unknown anymore.

So the gear list is not complete yet but once it is I’ll post what we are taking on the kayak trip and then I’ll post when we are done and let you know what we forgot.  I’ll also upload some pictures to the ACK Flickr site.

Wish me luck!

Marcus Haralson
ACK ProStaff