The Wilderness Systems Focus 155 Kayak delivers high performance versatility, blending the stability and predictability of the Tsunami with the speed and efficiency of the Tempest. Designed for “assertive” intermediate level paddlers looking to take their paddling skills, and their touring adventures, to the next level. The Focus 155 offers a wider cockpit and deeper hull to accommodate larger paddlers. The Focus is ideal for day touring or short overnight trips, and is also an excellent choice for paddlers looking for a fitness training option. Its ability to handle multiple water types from still lakes to choppy seas also makes the Focus an excellent choice for paddlers looking to explore different waterways. Featuring an easily accessible front hatch and a smaller stern hatch, the Focus has ample storage space for dry bags and extra gear. Adjustable, padded thigh braces and hip pads, and a Phase 3 AirPro XP seating system and backband make the Focus comfortable for longer paddling excursions. A molded rudder pin insert makes it easy to install a rudder for improved tracking, and performance inspired stern and bow shapes result in a longer water line for improved speed and glide.
|Length:||15 ft 6 in / 4.72 m|
|Width:||24 in / 60.96 cm|
|Height:||15.75 in / 40.01 cm|
|Weight:||52 lb / 23.59 kg|
|Capacity:||350 lb / 158.76 kg|
|Cockpit Size:||20.5" x 36" / 52.1 cm x 91.4 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit Inside|
When WS said they were coming out with a new polyethylene kayak with properties somewhere between their Tsunami and the Tempest models I was intrigued. I have owned both a Tsunami With 145 FG w/rudder and a Tempest 170 FG. I loved the awesome stability of the Tsunami, and the quick speed of the Tempest. the new Focus 155.... let me say this.... "they nailed it" ... right in the middle !!! This marriage has produced a wonderful "sports-car" version of the Tsunami with plenty of "zip" and more stability than the Tempest. It is a true joy to paddle on the rivers of South Dakota. I ordered my Focus 155 online at Austin Canoe & Kayak. It arrived by freight to my doorstep about a week later wrapped in multiple layers of "bubble-wrap" in mint condition. It took 15 minutes to get all the bubble-wrap off, 2 whole minute to connect the rudder and I was ready to go. Although the Focus 155 tracks "quite nicely" without the rudder down.... I always recommend the rudder on a kayak, especially in the windy conditions we find ourselves in this state. I am 60 years old, 6', 225lbs and my new Focus 155 w/rudder is very comfortable with plenty of storage for my needs. The little 6" day hatch in the front deck is "ingenious". It is right in front of you, is a separate plastic compartment that is molded right into the kayak, has a tight sealing rubber lid and keeps my cell phone, keys wallet, & other small electronics "powder dry". The "Phase 3 Air-pro" seat with "back-band" has more adjustments on it that are easy to set. It is very very comfortable. I am so use to the old Tsunami seat with the "full seatback" that provides a hard seatback that slides up & down, so I ordered the $80 after-market kit from Harmony (the video shows you how to change it out). I wish they offered it as an option when you order. The Focus 155 comes with pre-installed hip pads & very comfortable upper thigh pads. My first day out I went 12 miles on a leisurely up & down the river paddle. You immediately notice the "quickness" of this kayak compared to my Tsunami 145. It gets up to speed with minimal effort. Stability was predictable and edging was responsive. Hip pads enhanced the stability, and for those of you who paddle without hip pads..... just get them. You can get away with it in a Tsunami.... but not with the Focus 155 or Sea Kayaks. Hip Pads, as mentioned earlier, come with the Focus 155. I would rate the Focus 155 as an "post beginner to immediate" skill level kayak. The next kayak you want after piddling around in a recreational level kayak or more stable flatter-bottomed kayaks. I went from a Tsunami to a Tempest (sea kayak) "huge jump" !!!! The Focus series kayaks would have made that transition a whole lot easier. Bottom Line: For you hardcore Tsunami owners.... it's time to "upgrade" !!!