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
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
I just purchased the Tarpon 100
after a year of being in a box
store sit in. What a huge
difference. First off , ACK was
incredible to do business with.
From Start to finish, everything
went smoothly. My Tarpon
arrived 2 days sooner then
planned, and it and all the
accessories I had purchased
were packed very well and not a
scratch on the Yak.The storage
on this is great, under both
hatches you'll find loops to clip
off your bags or whatever,
making access very easy, even
on the water. The side pockets
are great for the most reached
for items. The seat is incredible,
very adjustable, very dry. My
first trip was over 5 hours and I
had no issues at all. Once you
get use to it, the Tarpon is very
stable. I was able to sit side
saddle and hang my legs in the
water after only an hour out. I
can reach everything I have in
the rear well area without issue.
Leg room was fine, Im 5'11,
220 lbs. It tracks better then a
10' yak should, and gets a fair
amount of glide. You are not
going to win any races with it,
but youll keep up just fine. My
better half took it for a lap or
two, and now I in the process of
ordering another for her. ACK
will of course get that business.
I am well pleased with the
Wilderness Tarpon 100. The seat
is exceptional. The ease of
adjustment is superior. Glad I saw
one before I purchased.
I've owned several boats in the
last few years... The Tarpon
100 is by far the best yet. The
kayak is stable, maneuverable
and light enough to handle on
my own. I can sit off to one
side, legs in water while
casting. No issues. I've gotten
many compliments also on the
style and looks of my 100. I
really couldn't be happier...
I got this kayak mainly for the ease of
transporting. I am 6'1" and 200 lbs. This
kayak is light and carries my weight with
equipment very well. This kayak is fast and
tracks straight to be only 10 foot. The water
has not entered past the scuppers yet and even
if it does, the seat is above the floor so I should
not get wet. Seat is comfortable. I got the
dusk color and it looks very good. I had a
couple of issues and I have to give the
customer service from ACK credit. They
respond immediately. The front orbix hatch
would not close properly. Wilderness Systems
finally sent a replacement hatch. The main
negative I see with this kayak is the orbix
hatches. I always spray my boat out and quite
a bit of water would always enter the hull
through the hatches. I assume if caught out in
a rain storm or if a wave comes over the boat,
water will enter the hull. I have added silicone
to see if that will help with the hatch leaks.
Overall I am pleased with the kayak even with
the hatch issues.
Took the Tarpon 100 out
during a demo day after
paddling a few larger ones,
and liked this one the best.
The adjustable seat was the
deciding factor for me. The
weight of the kayak is
manageable, it tracks good,
and feels just as stable as the
12' I almost came home with!
The scupper holes work great,
didn't have any problems with
water not draining out. Love
my lime yak!
Love this kayak! I 've owned
several and this is by far the
best. I've owned Ocean and
Old Town brand kayaks in the
past....both brand names. This
one has them beat hands
down. I use it for fishing
mainly and it works great. My
use is mainly on river and
small lakes. Easy to carry,
stable to fish from, tracks and
paddles easy.......what more
can I say.......
ACK has great customer
service answering my emails
on Sunday evening Mothers
Day. Purchased two Kayaks
and had them shipped to
Michigan. Kayaks came quick
and in great condition. Delivery
man did 20 push-ups in his
truck. Said he does 15 stops a
day and his routine is 20 push-
ups each stop. Awesome!
Bought two of these for my
wife and I to use mainly on the
river. These kayaks are
amazing! Comfy, tracks well
on lakes and awesome in the
river. Life is good, great
This is the third kayak that I
own. I love this kayak. I fish
rivers here in Illinois and this is
the perfect kayak for this. This
kayak tracks well is easy to
handle in and out of the water.
Love the trax system that
allows me to add rod holders
etc. This is just an excellent
small kayak, well worth the
money. If I HAD to find
something wrong with it would
be the manner that the
identification number is
applied. My other kayaks have
them molded in......WS writes
them on with a vibrating
engraving pen.......very hard
to read. But this is so minor its
hardly worth a second thought.
Buy this kayak from
Austin.........great kayak and a
Totally a great kayak and a
great company to buy from. I
ordered over the phone and
had my doubts about receiving
the kayak in New York. Being
shipped on tractor trailers and
all I was hesitant. The kayak
came with no problems. It was
wrapped and wrapped and
Great Job everyone.