Well, I have fished out of this particular
kayak at least 50 times. -The seat is
good, but not the best. It actually hurts
my back after a while and the plastic
fender washers that hold it on to the
frame fall off with use. The seat on the
tarpon is actually more comfortable but
does not slide like the ride.
-It is incredibly stable. I've had it out in
up 3-4' waves on the Chesapeake Bay
and I have no fear of turtling. I am 230
pounds, and I can stand up and fish and
paddle standing on it. Just a bit of fall
trying to sit back down with the low seat.
I may get the high seat for certain trips
-Incredible carrying capacity. 500 pounds
and I'm sure it would but I've not come
close to that on it. The only problem is
bring too much stuff I don't need with
-Relatively fast for something with such
massive weight carrying capacity. It gets
me pretty much anywhere I need to go,
but fatigue sets in much faster than my
tarpon 140 on the long paddles.
-Track system is awesome, but I'm still
scratching my head as to why did not add
them next to the rear tankwell also like
the tarpon has.
-All in all, this is one of the best kayaks
on the market for bigger guys and folks
who want to do some sight casting but
still have something long enough to take
out into open water. There is not really
anything else on the market at this price
point to match the ride 135. Plus,
Wilderness hulls are very solid compared
to many other kayak brands at any price.
First I'll say that I've never
been in a kayak but wanted
something to maybe try and
paddle up and down the south
shore of lake Erie possibly
camping for a few days at a
time. My biggest concern was
stability and seaworthiness. I
wanted space and comfort and
am not so concerned with
having the fastest kayak,you
cant have it all. Today was
going to be my day to try it
out. Slight drizzle,no
wind,should be a perfect day
right? Had my kids drop me off
at the beach and planned a 6-7
mile paddle. When we pulled in
I knew right away the water
was not what I hoped but
doable. By the time I was a
half hour in to it there were
white caps and 2-3 foot swells
but there was no turning back.
At first I was scared to death
but as the waves got bigger I
started to relax and before I
knew it I was having the best
time I've had in years. Long
story short,by the time I
reached my destination I was
waves bow on,beam
on,quartering and comfortable
with anything the lake was
giving me. If you know Lake
Erie at all you understand the
kind of day it was. By the time
I hauled out the swells were an
honest 4-5 feet with good size
breakers coming in....all on
what was supposed to be my
quiet water first voyage. This
boat has FAR exceeded my
expectations on all points. I will
probably not go out again on a
day like today but it sure is
nice to know just what this
boat is capable of handling.
Again, this was the first time I
was EVER in a kayak. If I
sound happy it's because I am.
Thank you Wilderness Systems
and thank you ACK. When this
ones used up I'll be buying
350 lbs person so I was
limited to the number of boats
I could choose from. The ride
135 handled better then the OK
Big Game. Great seat and did
not need a ton of after
purchase accessories to buy.
Jay in MA
I purchased this Kayak over a
month ago. I fell in love
with the Wilderness Systems WS
company when I started looking
at their products at a local
EMS store, but the store just
didnt have the options I
wanted. Furthermore, the
instock WS kayaks just didnt
seem to have enough cockpit
size for a 64 230 lb guy. I
then discovered the Ride 135,
which solved this problem with
a top notch seat and the
ability to slide it back and
forth. Actually, I think an 8
ft person could fit in this
monster. ACK provided the
package that I wanted at a
very reasonable price with
free S&H. The shipment
arrived quickly and without
My opinion on the kayak is
still high but I warn people
to truly consider how big they
want their kayak. WS/ACK
sells slightly shorter ones
with the same features. Just
shy of 14 feet width is above
average too is bigger than you
might think and it makes it
very difficult to get off an
SUV, even if you have the
right equipment. It really is
a two person job every time
you load and unload it.
Additionally, remember that
this is an angler model and
can be used as a touring
kayak. This means that it is
definately not the fastest or
even close to the fastest
kayak you can buy. If you
dont plan on using this for
exactly that than you will be
disapointed. These two things
are the only negatives I have
with the purchase and these
have nothing to do with the
intended design or anything
that ACK has done.
I purchased the Ride 135 Angler edition and was excited
to get out on the water with it. Within the first ½ hour
fishing out of it I was not impressed at all. Its does
not have a lot of room & the storage compartments are not
sealed off from the kayak. Your gear you store in them
ends up all inside your kayak and you have tip it up and
down to get it out. Then the claim that the ride makes it
easy to stand up and fish… it is not easy at all. I have
let friends that have great balance try it and they say
noooo way. My buddy bought the Ocean Kayak Big Game and
it is wider and more stable. If you’re looking to invest
in a fishing kayak this is not the one to pick. I am
already looking to get something else and I fished in it
2 times so far! Wilderness Systems let me down big time!
I like the ride a lot, truly
very stable. I am a big boy -
270 pounds 6'2". I never
kayaked before and I
appreciated how stable this
kayak is since at the end of a
day I was tired kayaking and
if needed to portage would
drop myself into the kayak
after the portage and it never
flipped. It is heavy and once
loaded with gear you will need
help to move it around. Same
for loading it up on a lexus
rx-350. Not impossible but
definitely an extra set of
hands helps. This is not the
fsatest kayak. But for the
wide beam and open deck you
can have very leasurely
paddling days ahead.I mainly
paddled on the Wisconsin,
Illinois, Mississippi and
Kishwaukee rivers last summer.
The seat can pop loose if you
drop suddenly into the boat
like I did. The wide beam was
really good for stability
while crossing the Mississippi
from Illinois to Iowa. You do
not want to tip in a
commercial channel. For the
ladies I would recommend the
Tarpon 120 as it weighs less
has a wide beam and less
wieldy due its shorter length.
But for the big boys it has
plenty of room - not
claustrophobic at all. Plus
plenty of storage for carrying
overnight camping gear
including a stool tent,
sleeping bag, just an
excellent value. The hull
takes on rocky river edges
eases without having a hole
gauged out as if you had a
fiberglass bottom. Would
really reccomend paddle boy
wheels to portage - they fit
in one of the hatches too for
when you need it later.
haven't fished in it yet but
seeing its so stable I am sure
it will be fine. Again biggest
drawback is its weight - if a
second set of hands available
to load then it should be
ok.For safety purposes a big
yellow ride is stable,
maneuverable, easily seen, can
take some cargo and a beating
and is fun and safe. The
rudder helped a lot in fast
water.Steering was responsive
with rudder - I really
reccomend the rudder - flips
up and down -works fine.Not as
wet as I thought it would be.
I plugged all the scuppers
every time and was hardly ever
wet. The seat remained dry for
the most part. A handheld pump
can get any water out witha
few pumps. It is a good all
around kayak for leisurely
paddles down rivers and lakes.
I bought my Ride from ACK ( who did an awesome
job btw )in 2011 so it isn't the new 2012. I
have my doubts about the 2012 also. I mainly
saltwater fish out of the yak, but do go down
creeks and rivers on occasion. The hatches leak!
When I'm in the Gulf fishing, they leak a lot!
Bad design that should have been fixed.
Seriously doubt those little channels on the new
ones relieve the problem. The ride is great
fishing Yak just wish Wilderness would fix the
leaky hatches. Somehow my rear handle
disappeared on a trip back home. I emailed
Wilderness to ask where/how to get another. It's
been a few weeks and i have yet to hear anything
from them. In flat water conditions while
paddling it seems as if the boat gets caught on
one of the tines and wants to go that in that
direction. You have to work hard to correct it.
Glad I bought the rudder. I really wouldn't get
one without it. Fix the hatches Wilderness and
I'll consider another one.
I bought this 'yak in the summer of '09 for salmon fishing on the waters of Puget Sound in Washington. After 2 seasons, I'm still extremely happy with the boat.
All the feature are laid out in the product description so I'll stick to an on the water review.
First and foremost, just as described, this boat is incredibly stable. I'm 6'2" and 180 lbs so not huge, but I can still stand up in the yak in 2 foot chop. You would have to REALLY try to flip this thing. Even fighting 5' Dogfish (sandsharks) the boat doesn't tip or rock.
After that are just the details. It's not going to win any races being close to 110 lbs fully loaded with fishing gear plus myself, and it takes some effort to get it moving but once it's moving, it's easy to maintain a 4mph pace in most currents. In still, flat calm lake water, 5mph is pretty easy to achieve. It glides surprisingly well for a such a big boat, tracks very nicely but is a bit slow to turn and the now needs a bit more upturn to ride up and over waves instead of through them spilling water over the bow, hatch and into the footwell.
The included Angler package is pretty nice, but you can do it cheaper yourself and customize it the way you want it. Nonetheless, It works well and the only modification I had to make was to but an 8" extension for the front rod holder.
The hatches seal well and with the exception of the far front one, are well placed. The front hatch could be another 3 or 4 inches back making it easier to access while on the water. The front hatch has enough room to store the NRS C-Tug that I use to transport it to and from the vehicle which is a real blessing. The unusual hull shape makes the C-Tug about the only one you can use with it.
The rudder package is well worth it for an angler, especially one that does any trolling with a heavy, high drag lure hanging out one side. It offer great control thought deployment takes a little more effort than one would think it should. The rudder is powdercoated with makes it pretty durable when you forget to stow it before you beach. The pedals could use another 2 inches or so of adjustment to accommodate us long legged folks but it's still pretty comfy for a 4 hour trip.
The polyethylene is thick and tough which makes for great stability and durability but adds to the weight. The bare boat still weighs in at around 80 lbs when I have to load it on top of a Jeep Grand Cherokee which takes some strength and effort. Those of slight build and your average lady will probably not be able to load it by themselves on taller vehicles. It's not too bad if you're in good shape and don't mind a bit of effort to load and unload though. It's certainly not unmanageable.
The track system that WS offer on the Tarpon series would be AWESOME on this boat. So would the side net storage areas.
The seat is so-so. It will make you butt go to sleep after 3 or 4 hours and the back rest is nicely adjustable but doesn't mesh well with my chosen PFD.
The Ride is a pretty dry and the only scupper holes you really need are the ones at your feet. The rest of them get plugged. If you're on a nice calm lake, plug them all. You'll appreciate the dry cockpit.
This boat has way more features than it lacks but it could use a little refining. As a fishing platform, I don't think it would be very easy to find another boat that is more capable and at home on the water. I trust this boat out in the brine with no qualms. I think you could use it catch as big a fish as you want.
A minor nit is the cupholder could be a little bigger to accommodate a Gatoraide bottle or the like and the tackle bod cutout would be better positioned in front of the 5" day hatch instead of behind the paddler.
All in all, this boat is a great deal, great performer, and great fishing boat.
Austin Kayak was first rate all the way with the purchase too. It arrived early and in great shape. I definitely recommend them to someone looking for a hard to find 'yak, far away from Austin.
If you fish and utility and stability are more important than speed, this is the boat for you.
This kayak has a ton of space to put all you need in it and is extremely stable! Standing up is easily accomplished even on a slight choppy bay. I fish the Lower Laguna Madre and it gets windy but this kayak moves well even when paddling against the wind. The width of this kayak allows me to carry a live bait well bucket in between my legs for live shrimp. Simply an awesome kayak! Cant go wrong with this one!
The Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Angler Kayak is a fisherman's dream. Tracks well on flat
water and handles well on rivers. The Susquehanna
River in particular. Little modifications needed
to this boat, it is fishing ready. Love the
locking hatches and for a large kayak she is
easily lifted for storage and transport. A by the
way. I sit 6'4" and 320lbs, this craft can handle
size. This is one well worth tast paddling. ACK
gave me a way better deal than any of my local
dealers would and even from half way across the
country ACK made a personal call to my home to
ensure I understood the shipping process and to
ensure I was getting what I wanted or if I needed
anything else. Kudos to ACK!
The Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Angler is an impressive yak. Susquehanna River,
Swatara Creek and, flat water, she is a gem.
A boat not needing many modifications for fishing, that's refreshing. I purchased the 2010 from here and had it shipped to PA. Better service than my local shop and timely shipping.
I love the stability and tracking on this boat. I find it has room enough to fish from with all my gear.