I just purchased a Wilderness
Systems Tsunami 140. While I
havent used it yet and probably
wont until the spring, I am
very impressed with the quality
of the kayak. I also was very
satisfied with Austin Canoe &
Kayak..their sales people, the
price, shipping cost and
delivery time. My kayak arrived
in perfect shape. I will
definitely buy from them in the
We finally got the kayaks wet
last weekend and they handled
very well. We paddled for the
better part of two hours on a
calm lake and the boats were
pretty darn fast and easy to
steer. It took about 30
minutes of use before we had
the seats trimmed correctly
and after that they were very
comfortable for each of us,
despite a significant
difference in posterior size.
These are the first kayaks
weve actually owned and Im
looking forward to next
weekend. Were actually
thinking of buying two more
for company to use. I almost
gave a 5-Star Rating but I
didnt have a lot of experience
in other boats to compare to.
I bought this kayak for a 7 day 100+ mile trip down the Buffalo River
Arkansas in January. I'm 6'3" and 220 lbs, and the kayak fit me
perfectly. I didn't get the rudder, and was glad as it did a great job
of tracking straight. There was plenty of space in the boat for me and
my gear. The bow had enough room for a weeks worth of food, a spare
paddle, and fishing gear. The rear hatch had my tent, sleeping bag, air
matress, clothes, and kitchen items. I bought a deck bag for the camera
gear and little stuff. The seat was amazingly comfortable. Due to
winter, I wore a wetsuit, and was plenty warm. The boat handled great
in the mild white water, and could get up to some pretty decent speeds
with not too much effort.
The staff at the Houston ACK was amazing. They spend a great deal of
time with me making sure I had the right gear and that everything fit
properly before the trip.
The only reason for the 4/5 stars, is that the height adjustable seat
broke on the second day. It didn't affect the trip, but that seems like
a weak design. I'm going to take the boat in this weekend to get it
Being relatively novice/intermediate kayakers, we were looking for 14 - 15 foot models that would provide a good balance of initial and secondary stability, comfort, and good cargo capacity for our frequent camping trips. We purchased the 140 for my wife and the 145 model for me. The cockpit of the 140 is a great fit for my wife, especially after installing the Harmony hip pads which provide a customized fit and offer better control.The Phase3 system is very adjustable and comfortable. I may even replace the high back seat with a backband for easier rescues and rolling scenarios. We also had the rudders installed by Austin and these have come in handy in rough conditions and helps keep my wife happy on longer paddles! A great choice for most of the paddling we do (rivers, inland lakes, and protected Great lakes areas). These models track very well (even without the rudder) and are reasonably manueverable. A great choice for the novice and intermediate paddler. We almost bought rec boats (Pungo 140, etc) but were glad we went with these light touring boats for their greater versatility and safety features (two bulkheads, perimeter lines, etc). Austin has the best price on these models and provides fast and low cost shipping. See Kate with any questions or issues and you cannot go wrong!
The Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 Kayak is great. I'm 6'2 200# and it goes good I just wish I bought a longer one. I think this is going to be given to my girlfriend because I just bought a Hurricane Tracer 165.
Oops, forgot to mention, I am 6'1", about 180 lbs, and this boat fits me perfectly - cockpit is roomy and fairly easy for an old guy to get in and out of, without needing a tent-sized spray skirt. I added a pair of hip pads to fit a little tighter for more control, but other than that it's a great fit for my size.
I have had this Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 Kayak out on Lake Travis on a holiday weekend, in the open water, with gigantic boat wakes and chop to contend with, and while it felt very lively, I never felt like I was going to roll. It moves nicely through the water, and the storage is fine for day trips - cooler, clothing, food, etc. I added the smart-trak rudder, as it tended to point into any significant wind without one. Love the smart-trak pedal system, by the way. Solid foot rests, and you steer with your toes, unlike the push-pull of the Wilderness rudder pedals. I added a Seal Line deck bag for essentials, and with a spray skirt there's no where I wouldn't paddle this boat. Even without the skirt, I've never taken in more water than my big sponge could handle. It's a little heavy to carry by myself, but I did get into this for some exercise. She glides well, and 14ft is a reasonable compromise for speed versus being too long to carry, store, etc. This is my favorite yak, out of the four that I own.