This is my first angling kayak and I am throughly pleased with it so far. The seat is it comes with is superior to all other kayaks I have seen and it can take some bumps and bruises. I use it mostly in the chesapeake bay and tidal rivers and have no problems with it, I just worry about my gear when there are white caps in the bay but the kayak can handle it. It is heavier than a lot of friends kayaks and is usually a two person job getting it on and off your car. I can get it on my car before I go out and then once I'm a couple hours of fishing in the sun I have issues getting it on my car by myself. I would have given it five stars but it leaks somewhere and water gets into the dry department. It's not a lot of water but enough to notice and it makes it a lot harder to but the kayak back on your car with that water in there. It's also hard to get the water out without a shot vac.
Purchased this from Austin Kayak as part of Labor Day close out.
Shipped in 5 days for free, well packaged, and not damaged-
impressive business AK. My previous kayak was a 10ft recreational
SINK. Got this for fishing/camping purposes.
1.) Performance: tried Tarpon 140 on a small lake as well as a small
river with class 1 rapids. Tracks well, easy to paddle when underway.
Opted for rudder package-works great and highly recommend it. You
can turn ok without it, but takes more effort. Very pleased with speed
and both primary and secondary stability. Easy to get back in when I
bailed out in deep water.
2.) Phase 3 seat: thought it was very comfortable after 3 hours of
paddling-really love the seat.
3.) Storage: like a flat-bed pickup behind cockpit-plenty of room for
my camping/fishing gear. Little disappointed with dry storage. Lot of
room with orbix hatch, but got an inch or two of water in it on river.
Read about leaks with Orbix hatch, but after testing at home it was
my midship small hatch leaking. No missing parts-just looks like an
inadequate o-ring seal. Significant problem because of low-lying
position of this hatch in cockpit. You get water in cockpit-it's getting
in dry storage. Plan on emailing AK for solution.
4.) Portage: somebody else said it beautifully "this is an unruly beast
out of the water". Car-topping on my SUV was definitely 2 person
job. Hard to carry on your own with side handles for distances over
20 yards. Of course, as big as it is out of water- not big at all in
5.) Wet ride: saw a lot of complaints about water coming up thru
scuppers. Easily fixed with scupper plugs. (I am 190 lbs). Don't think
the "wet ride" criticism is fair. You look at any kayak basic buying
guide and it tell you this is a con for SOT kayaks.
Conclusion: I am very happy with my Tarpon 140 and would
recommend it to others. Would have given it 5 stars if not for leaking
I had an old demo Tarpon 140 that I
love, so I bought my wife a new one for
her birthday. It is so great, I bought
myself one, too. ACK was super easy
to work with. I use my Tarpon for
cruising around Puget Sound and
salmon fishing. Great boat!
in the price range, the Tarpon
140 is my pick for lake, river
or BTB fishing. Its lite-
weight makes is easily managed
by one person for loading or
unloading. The service from
ACK makes it even better.
Love this yak. Took it fishing
around the Altamaha
Purchased this kayak from ACK
about a month ago and
absolutely love it. Tracks
well, is stable, has good
speed but not so maneuverable
especially in wind W/O a
rudder very conveniently
designed. I would recomend
this to anyone.
This is the third Wilderness System kayak, I
have purchased. This
one is as good as the other two. Awesome
Excellent craft. My first sit-
upon, I chose it for ocean
fishing on the Pacific
Northwest Coast, and am very
pleased. It handles getting
out through the surf well, is
stable yet propels along
quickly. Purchased with a
rudder, which I highly
As always, Austin Kayak
provided their exceptional
service and support.
Great kayak, tracks well, steering is a breeze with
the rudder kit, and Austin Kayak shipping is quick
and excellent. Definitely would make my next
purchase with them.
I purchased my 140 a year ago never had ever been in one.My final decision to buy the 140 was when I went to Austin kayak and compared them with Ocean and others.You can tell the quality differance right away.Then I sat in the Ocean kayak and felt the floor buckle up and down.The biggest advantage the Tarpon has over other kayaks are the design of the scupper holes.They are countersunk so they don't take impacts.If you have never been in a yak before the first thing you will notice is how stable and comfortable the Tarpon is.I would recommend getting a seat cushion after a few hours the stage 3 cushion gets a little hard on the rear end.I will tell you this it is alot more fun fishing out of the Tarpon than my bassboat.I have caught 4 and 5 lb bass out of it and it's a blast!!!Love my Tarpon!!!
I purchased two of the Tarpon 140 Anglers, one with rudder and
one without. I really like these kayaks and find them to be top of the
line with regards to quality and construction. My only minor gripe is
that at 6'3" I find the rudder controls to be just a little too short at
maximum extension for me.
I have strictly been an Ocean Kayak (Caper and Prowler 13) owner for years, but decided to try out the new WS Tarpon 140. All I can say is WOW, what a HUGE upgrade. It seems as though REAL fishermen designed and engineered this kayak. All of the added features are so handy, and the old ones improved by far...including the newly designed locking hatch covers and adjustable seat. This is by far the best kayak I have ever owned, and I won't be selling this one anytime soon. To add to that, the guys at Austin Kayak are awesome and knowledgeable. I will only buy from Austin Kayak, as well as get repairs/modifications done there. They do the best work, paying attention to detail....not sloppy like I've seen elsewhere.