The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 is a versatile sit-on-top that offers stunning performance for surf play, ponds, lakes, and bays. The Tarpon 100 features the new Phase 3 AirPro seating system that adds comfort and easy adjustability. An exceptionally large rear bungee tankwell allows for storage of any gear needed for long hauls while the two hatches provide dry storage below the deck. The Tarpon 100 kayak is known for offering excellent glide and maneuverability, and great versatility for its trim size.
|Length:||10 ft / 3.05 m|
|Width:||31 in / 78.74 cm|
|Weight:||52 lb / 23.59 kg|
|Capacity:||325 lb / 147.42 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||49|
|Leg Room - Total:||51|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Excellent kayak for the sportsman. Stable, turns very well. You can ride right next to the bank. The seat is amazing, comfortable and easily adjustable for hard paddling or a leisurely float. It won't win any races, but if your looking for a kayak to do more than just paddle this one kicks butt. The seller Austin Kayak was great I would have no problem buy from them again. Excellent customer service.
I've been out in the Tarpon 100 a dozen times since I received it, and in some odd conditions, from very strong wind on a lake to fast water and low water in the rivers. More odd than I'd planned to paddle in with a new boat. The Tarpon is a fine boat. It's stable and it's reasonably fast for a short and wide hull. It glides well and it handled the whitecaps on the lake without making me wish I wasn't there. It's not perfect, 'though. Water can and will get into the hull in rough water. Not a lot of water, but the last time out in choppy water, I found about half a cup in the hull. I'm not sure how it got there, but suspect it got in around one of the hatches. It's not enough water to cause real concern, but it also wasn't that much water splashing onto the deck. The side handles interfere with a mid- to high-angle paddling stroke. That's a personal thing and your mileage may vary. I'm not a fan of the seat. I'm forever accidentally releasing the strap that holds the back in it's lowest position and wish the string that controls the seat back was set to pull the seat down, rather than to push it up. The T-handle for raising the bottom for thigh support gets in the way when you pull it to raise the bottom. Otherwise, it's comfortable. It weather-vanes. I've had it out in strong, coastal winds - in the 40MPH+ range, and she tries very hard to point into the wind. Which is much better than turning stern to the wind, but it takes some fancy paddling to keep on course. I've never taken a kayak out in winds like I've been in with the Tarpon, so I don't have a point of reference, but I seemed to be working more consistently to stay on course than my companions. It's easy (for me) to carry and to put in the rack. It's well-balanced at the side handles. It has a lot of storage space for a ten-foot hull. Water does not accumulate under the seat and my bottom stays dry. Overall, I like it. A lot. The Tarpon 100 does not have any significant flaws - mine are more nit-picky than significant - and it's a great buy. I'm in a rural area so take note: if you have a problem with the freight company, call ACK. Don't hope to get assistance by email. My kayak arrived at the closest freight terminal on a Friday, and the following Wednesday, it was still sitting in that terminal. After several "Help me!" emails left me banging my head against the wall, I called and ACK quickly got the kayak moving towards me again. Thanks, folks! It would still be in Portland without your help.