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