Kayak fishing just received an infusion of comfort with the Wilderness Systems Commander 120, a kayak/canoe hybrid that pushes kayaking to a whole new level. Combining the agility and superb paddling experience of a kayak, with the stability, capacity and comfort of a canoe, the Wilderness Systems Commander 120 is loaded with features to enhance any angler's day on the water. The AirPro Freedom Elite kayak seat combines a Captain's Seat perch for a higher perspective and the ultimate in adjustability and comfortable airflow.
|Length:||12 ft / 3.66 m|
|Width:||30 in / 76.2 cm|
|Weight:||60 lb / 27.22 kg|
|Capacity:||400 lb / 181.44 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||67|
|Leg Room - Total:||67|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Got her out today and what can I say.... this yak is awesome! I absolutely love it! It paddles very much like my Ultimate 12 did, but seems more managable in the wind. There seemed to be a perfect balance between tracking and control in a tight situation, such as fishing laydowns and other tight quarters where having a good amount of control is needed to fish the small area. The captains perch makes it the one to get over the Ultimate 12 IMO. I loved my U12, but the Commander is better thought out and seems to be a little more stable IMO. I stood for quite awhile and was very impressed. I have been standing in kayaks for years, but this is very close to my Mariner in terms of stability. Its pretty light too and I plan to keep it simple and not add a bunch of gear that cant be easily removed, so it will be used on short trips. I will use my Mariner for long trips, rough water, and as my tournament yak. Overall, I couldnt be happier. I had no trouble car topping it on the roof of my VW GTI with my Thule Glide and Set saddles. I did manage to catch one little bass on its maiden voyage and also set the hook on a better one while standing, but she came unbuttoned while reaching for my net. The open design of a hybrid kayak keeps everything within easy reach and thats why I wanted another hybrid again. I also found it very easy to reach for things in the rear tank well while sitting on the captians perch. It is easier to get things out of the bow than the U12 was too, because the kayak is a little more stable when your body weight is shifted to the bow. I love how easy it is to store your paddle in the bow. The U12 foam block filled the bow and the Commander leaves room on either side of the foam block for the paddle to slide into. Its little things like this I noticed. Also, the slidetracks and keel are great additions over the U12. The seat is nice and on pair with the better seats out there. However, not as comfy as my Native seat, its pretty darn good. I did get a little sore sitting on the captains perch, but its worth it! I just think that captians perch is the coolest idea! Wilderness should come out with a removable captians perch seat that has a back rest though. I would buy one in a heartbeat. I used a 240cm paddle and it was perfect for me in length. Im 6ft tall and have long arms, so this size worked great sitting on the perch, standing, and sitting in the seat. I used my rudder a little too and it does help the kayak track a little better, but some anglers wouldnt really need it on this kayak. I need to get it out on a very windy day to test it out, drifting some shorelines while fishing. I didnt use it much today. I installed a YakAttack Might Mount on the stern for my Visicarbon light and it works great. The anchor trolley also worked great. I love the hybrid style for being able to keep a couple rods, anchor, small cooler, and a small tackle bag in front of me. Everything is within easy reach. I will not be installing any scotty rod holders up front, there is no need IMO. I want to keep it light and simple. I will be installing my side board from my Mariner with its fish finder and transducer arm, so I can use it on both kayaks. I will be using YakAttack MightyBolts and thumb screws for it on the Commander. I currently have it so it can be easily removed from my Mariner, so it will transition to the Commander quick and painless. I am so glad I decided on the Commander over another U12. I wanted another 12ft hybrid and IMO the C120 is the one to get. Freakin sweet kayak!! Good job Wilderness Systems!!
This boat is incredibly stable, you can stand and fish with ease. Very comfortable seat and love the adjustments. The reason for the 3 stars is that it is only good for river fishing in my opinion, because it is very slow, and a beast to paddle.
Arrived in great shape. I chose the desert camo. Light enough to handle. Tracks very straight. Fairly fast considering the hull. Very roomy for storage. I have had it out a few times and so far very satisfied.
This is my first open Kayak. The Wilderness Systems Commander 120 is working great for me fishing mountain lakes in Montana. Easy paddling and yes you can stand up and feel pretty secure. I am using it primarily to fish and it is a great platform for my needs.