The Tarpon 160 kayak is the ultimate destination kayak. Because it is longer and narrower the Tarpon 160 boats more capacity and even greater speed and acceleration then the other Tarpon kayaks. The Phase 3 AirPro seating system, New for 2013, adds comfort and easy adjustability. While it features all the traditional rigging to bring in and haul away "the big one", the 160 includes the new Slide Trax accessory system for virtually limitless angling options. Easy storage access, legendary Phase 3 comfort, new locking hatch covers, and a re-engineered scupper tube design ensure all that extra gear you'll be taking stays dry.
|Length:||16 ft / 4.88 m|
|Width:||28 in / 71.12 cm|
|Weight:||72 lb / 32.66 kg|
|Capacity:||375 lb / 170.1 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||49|
|Leg Room - Total:||51|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
Tested the Tarpon 160i during the demo day a few weeks ago. This kayak tracks better than any of the other Tarpon models (without the rudder). Also tried the Ocean Kayak prowler 13 and 15, and I still preferred the ride of the Tarpon 160i. I slapped the rudder in the water, and it paddled as straight as an arrow.
I bought this based on the overall glowing reviews. Compared to the Prism that I have used for the last 20 years, this kayak is marginally faster and is better laid out to be rigged for fishing but it is exceptionally hard to turn and the rudder has virtually no effect. It also leaks like a sieve. In 20 years my Prism has not had a drop of water inside it but in the first rain this thing has a lot of water in it plus the seat is terrible. By that I mean I got a backache in the first 10 minutes of sitting in it. Overall I rate it so-so.
Tried out my new Tarpon 160 for the first time today. There was a good breeze and I first paddled without the rudder. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it tracked and my first thought was that I wish I had not spent the extra money. Then I put the rudder down, and WOW, what a pleasure! I'd never paddled with a rudder before and I am really glad now that I added it to the order.
Bought a leftover 2012. She rocks. Fast as a sit-in and enough storage for the long days. I also purchased Scotty 438 Gear Heads for my forward Slide Tracks. Well worth it. And as always ACK is the BEST