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|
I bought the green Wilderness Commander from you Sunday and tried it out yesterday on Town Lake. It is a nice boat. Taking a break with the boat beached impressed me with its appearance. The simplicity of its style was more pleasing than the clutter of a sit on top. In the water, it tracks straight but is easy to turn. It is not the most efficient kayak, but not much below my Tarpon 160. The seat is very comfortable. The water that got in was not a problem. It was easy to pump out on the shore by elevating the bow and collecting the water at the transom. The main motivation for getting this design is to take my 55# Aussie with me. He caused the bow to be lower in the water than expected, producing a bow wave, but not a concern. The Commander is very stable. The dog can lean over the side and drink lake water without tipping the boat any. You can turn around and get gear out of the rear payload bay with no sensation of flipping. The dog had plenty of room. He could go forward straddling the front brace, turn around easily, and even lie down on the bottom. The funky floor shape was easily fixed by covering it with three boat cushions. I highly recommend this for dog owners. The boat cushion comes in handy when stowing the seat, sitting on top of the deck, and as a seat for the shore. When the dog was off the center line, the uneven weight causes the boat to yaw to the opposite side. There was no need for a rudder except to correct this tendency. I'll check back with you after I try it in the wind at the coast. A SlideTrax paddle holder would be nice on the side. However, the high and straight bulkheads allow setting the paddle most any position fore and aft or even across the beam. You should push your vendors to come up with more accessories for the tracks, such as a paddle holder, cup holder, running light, and flag pole for visibility. There are very few accessories for the tracks right now. I searched the Internet some more about kites and sails. My goal is to find something for downwind hauls. The first device I will try is a 62" or 68" golf umbrella made by GustBuster. That may require a rudder. The umbrella is a simple solution since it deploys and stores so easily, and it is a nice accessory to take a break from the sun sitting in calm water or on the shore. The Commander is an excellent boat. I was much more impressed with it after some experience on the water.
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.