The Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 is great on flat or slow moving water, the versatile Aspire combines easy handling and maneuverability with great stability, thanks to its strong chine lines and volume. The up-swept bow helps shed water and the molded-in console, with a two-position bottle holder, offers plenty of storage options to keep things within easy reach. The perfect rec and touring crossover, the Aspire series is an excellent choice for novice and intermediate paddlers looking for stability and the opportunity to expand their paddling experience beyond flat water. Limited number of 2018 closeout colors available, price applies only to stock on hand.
|Length:||10 ft 6 in / 3.2 m|
|Width:||29 in / 73.66 cm|
|Weight:||48 lb / 21.77 kg|
|Capacity:||400 lb / 181.44 kg|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit Inside|
Exactly what I was hoping for--my new kayak is terrific! Agility, stability and tracking are brilliantly combined in the Wilderness Systems Aspire 105. The easy to use skeg allows me the freedom to have good tracking on longer treks (skeg down) and also to play around in the water (skeg up). I mostly kayak on a decent sized lake and a fairly calm river. The Aspire nimbly handles the waves on the lake and the narrow/shallow passages on the river (skeg up!) There is plenty of storage space in the dry well and behind the seat. I sacrificed the cup holder on top of my kayak for a camera mount and am quite pleased with the result. There is still plenty of room for a bottle in the mesh pocket of the seat or in the center groove at the bottom of the kayak. I am able to load the Aspire 105 on top of my car by myself, which is a huge plus. (I had tried out a Pungo 120, but it was just too long for me to manage alone, especially loading it on the car alone.) The seat is easy to adjust and comfortable, even on long treks. I do not live near Austin, but the folks at Austin Kayak were helpful and the shipping process was extremely easy and hassle free--always a plus when you are ordering an almost 11 foot long item! This is a gem of a kayak and so much fun to paddle!
Great quality kayak and amazing customer service!