14' 8"
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Tempo Description

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Tempo Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

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Purchased following a lot of…

Submitted by: paddler2114641 on 6/21/2022

Purchased following a lot of research and trying different Yaks. This is by far the best craft for me. Its narrow and the seating position is as a result not wide. I'm six feet tall 84kg and it fits me perfectly. If your heavier you may find it a tight squeeze and uncomfortable. I didn't find it at all tippy as some suggest. Again weight may effect this? The Tempo cuts through the water beautifully and i didn't find it tracking at all. It was however effected by side wind but not to any great extent. A rudder system would probably rectify this. The toggles to lift the boat at either end and the side handles aren't the best but are functional. I just wish they could incorporate the handles into the molding of the craft.

i would give this Yak 4.5 if I could. Superb for coastal touring and efficient paddling. If you want to go fast with the least amount of effort i would highly recommended this boat. Just bear in mind your size if considering purchasing.


I can't say I like this…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/8/2022

I can't say I like this boat. The handles are nowhere near the centre of balance, making it awkward to carry or load onto a vehicle roof.

The legroom is poor. I am 6'4" and my knees are way too high, I feel crammed into the seat, which is uncomfortable and digs into my back.

The claimed 24kg weight seems optimistic. I have an Ocean Kayak prowler 13 which claims 26kg and has had a few extras added on but it still feels lighter than the tempo. The prowler is easy enough to chuck on a pickup roof, whereas the tempo is an absolute pig to load. The side handles are worse than useless. It has been dropped at least twice.

The claimed max load of 170kg seems extremely unrealistic for this boat. Again, the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 has a similar claimed max load, but in practice is vastly superior. The distribution of volume throughout the Prowler is also much more even, making for a much more level ride.

The shape of the hull underneath is quite lumpy on my Tempo. It is definitely faster than the Prowler, but does not track nearly as well, possibly due to the hull being uneven.

My 14 year old son uses the boat because I could not get on with it at all, but it already looks like he will be too big for it soon. He likes the Tempo, but rarely gets to use it because it is such a beast to handle off the water. I chuck an ancient Ocean Kayak Yak Board on instead. It also has more legroom room and it also is more comfortable than the Tempo and yes it is also much slower than the Tempo. I have literally had days where I have had everything ready to go and then given up halfway through trying to get the tempo loaded on the roof and just not gone kayaking.

I would say this about the Tempo, it is solidly made, quite fast, fairly stable, pretty safe due to the foam kit inside the hull. It's an OK boat if you can ever get it to the water. If you are less than 5'10" and skinny and don't mind the truly hateful shape of the seat-well, then you may get on OK with this boat.

Personally, I deeply regret buying this boat, I would gladly trade it for just about any other SOT. On paper it looked like a really good kayak, but in practice I would say that it is entirely overrated. Unless you badly need the extra mile per hour it gives you, I would recommend you don't bother with this and buy something a bit more comfortable and a bit more user friendly. There are several better boats out there for the same or less money. Literally the only thing going for this kayak is that it is significantly faster than most other sit on top kayaks.


This is my first sit on top,…

Submitted by: paddler236995 on 8/2/2016
This is my first sit on top, and I say first that I do not fish and I use that Kayak just for hiking. I am very pleased with the behavior, even if the sea in my part in the Tyrrhenian Sea is not as ruthless as the ocean! To my weight is just enough (105 kg) load because if a lot of material, since 'the vessel allows it tends to take water on the sides in the presence of waves.I think is the biggest flaw, that the water remains in the sit so always be wet, and much remains in the grooves of the feet. for the rest sails well withI would be curious to try the model 2016 Rytmo slightly wider and longer and weight, I think supports better coporature over 100kg. good speed and good stability.

At the Ft Lauderdale…

Submitted by: CapnJimbo on 8/4/2014
At the Ft Lauderdale Yakfishing Club, we are very familiar with the Scupper Pro and its lookalike, the RTM Tempo. There are very slight differences but not that you will find. The Tempo has better fittings, a slightly shallower seat, slightly less rocker. Thus it will track a bit better, but I doubt most will notice the difference.

Certainly the Pro/Tempo is one of the all time great designs, completely seaworthy, surfworthy, great capacity, reasonably fast - you can do no better for the price.

However one note: those who tell you there is no issue in a quartering wind are simply wrong. There is enough rocker that the bow does tend to catch the wind. Of course any experienced paddler can use the techniques of
1. shifting weight (to lee side)
2. gripping paddle to the lee and
3. adding a slight sweep to the lee side - all of which will compensate for the windage.

This is actually a minor issue, but let's be clear about this. Still - perhaps the best all-around kayak on the market.


I've been paddling my RTM…

Submitted by: paddler235187 on 7/27/2013
I've been paddling my RTM Tempo for about three years now. My decision to buy this kayak was based on what I would be using it for which was paddling the waterways where I live and using it for snorkeling in the ocean.

So far this kayak has exceeded my expectations. As a platform for snorkeling it can't be beat with its ability to carry all my snorkel gear with room left over. The huge front hatch is great for carrying my dry bags and the storage area in the rear easily holds all my snorkel gear and can also hold a dive tank if I should start diving again.

I was a but apprehensive about being able to keep up with my kayakers in their sit-in kayaks when paddling the waterways but this has proven not to be a problem as I'm often at the head of the pack.

When kayaking out to the islands this kayak easily holds a cooler, chair and all the other stuff that I like to take with me for a day spent partying on one of the islands. It also handles rough water very well.

To sum it up I can't say enough good things about this kayak.


I am 6'3" tall with size 13…

Submitted by: paddler234582 on 6/10/2012
I am 6'3" tall with size 13 feet. With that said I find my knees higher in the air than I would like, feet are at the last position, wish that there was one more foot adjustment forward to lower knees. I had the RTM Disco before getting the Tempo. Tempo is much more stable kayak for my size and weight. No surprises. I am more confident in the Tempo than the Disco.

Got an RTM Tempo angler, used…

Submitted by: paddler233701 on 7/16/2010
Got an RTM Tempo angler, used twice in flat swell, tracks well in normal swell, but need rudder when cruising against wind and sea current, slap in the hull when swell is coming at your 11 and 1 O'clock, its almost a dry ride except for the RTM paddle that comes with it that drips a lot of water to the cockpit or just my paddling, I'm 5'7 tall and 70 kg, stability is perfect for me unlike our cobra eliminator that I have to balance a bit to stay upright. rod holder is great used it and I'm satisfied, front hatch is wonderful load all my stuff inside including my 2 pc. fishing rod, aesthetics is just fine got mine with camo green and light brown might change the paint later, deck is just your average sit on top, will be installing round hatch on the deck later, for my size i find it easy to load on the roof of my Mitsubishi with out any assistance, but find it heavy for my size to carry, to paddle the boat to my fishing spot was just average as I find it more easier to paddle our cobra eliminator, over all I'm very satisfied, except for the hull I find it very thin compared to her deck and easily bend when loading with out the scupper holes hull will be like coke can. the rest is fine.

I got the RTM Tempo from…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/11/2010
I got the RTM Tempo from eBay. Took it to a local reservoir for fishing. Before the trip, I outfitted the kayak with 2 rear flush-mount rod holders, and a front Scotty rod holder. While doing so, I realized the material used on the kayak is high quality, and thicker than my OK Sidekick. Yet, I'm amazed it weighs only 56 lbs.

On the water, it is fast, straight, and quiet. It was a pleasure rowing this kayak. Needless to say, it is now my preferred ride. On the downside, albeit ignorable, water filled the foot wells while drifting. However, the water problem should be eliminated by using a pair of scupper plugs which came with the kayak. The kayak is great value for your money, and fun to ride. I highly recommend this boat.


I bought the Tempo to dive…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/9/2009
I bought the Tempo to dive and fish off of and as a loaner boat it has performed all these tasks well. Its got very good speed for a plastic sot, plenty of stability for a beginner even with a slightly raised seat. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this boat

This is a first impressions…

Submitted by: paddler232635 on 8/31/2009
This is a first impressions review of the RTM Tempo Angler. The kayak is 15' long and 26" wide. The total weight of the yak is 55lbs. I'm 6' and 205lbs and the cockpit is a perfect fit for me. My feet fit firmly against the end of the foot well fully extended. The hull is the identical mold used for the legendary Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro series, the top deck has been modified from the OK design.

The kayak has a nice large front hatch, room in the center of the cockpit for a small hatch, rod holder or GPS. The rear of the kayak has a descent sized tank well with cargo net cover to secure your items. The seat area sits deep into the kayak and provides great lumbar support. On the water, the Tempo tracks very nice compared to my OK Scrambler XT and my Perception Sanibel. The kayak takes little effort to get moving and glides very well for a SOT. The hull has just enough rocker that is turns very easily for a long yak, very characteristic of the Scupper Pro. Paddling into the wind or cross wind affects the kayak very little.

I was able to pick up the yak brand new for $600 including high-back padded seat and paddle. For the price, there are few kayaks that would compare. RTM offers a 3 year warranty on the yak, which is pretty good. Based on the build quality, I don't foresee needing to use it. Anyone who has paddled a Scupper Pro, should be quite comfy in the Tempo. I have read that some paddlers thought the boat was a bit tippy, but I'm not professional paddler, but I was right at home in this yak. Being 6' tall, my center of gravity is higher then most, so those shorter should feel even more comfortable. The nice thing about this yak is that compared to there boats in this class, WS Tarpon 140, Emotion Grand Slam and the Red Fish, this boat is about 15lbs lighter. Did I mention all of the deck loops, paddle holder, built in rod holders, and perimeter deck line. For the price of this boat, why buy a used one?

On a side note, RTM is a french company who used to make boats for Ocean Kayak before they were bought by Johnson Marine. The same high quality plastics and rotomolds are used.
I will post an updated review once I get more time in the yak, but first impression on the lake have me very excited for more time in this yak.