Aspire 105 Description
Great on flat or slow moving water, the versatile Aspire combines easy handling and maneuverability with great stability. Sized for medium to larger sized paddlers, an excellent choice for paddlers looking for stability and the opportunity to expand beyond flat water. Designed for the paddler who prefers agility over brawn, the Aspire is a performance-oriented recreational kayak that bridges that gap between efficiency and stability.
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Aspire 105 Specs and Features
- Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
- Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
- Seating Configuration: Solo
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Phase 3® AirPro
- Thigh and Knee Padding
- SlideLock XL Foot Brace System
- Orbix Stern Hatch
- Stern Bulkhead
- Bungee Deck Rigging
- Comfort Carry Handles
- Molded-In Kayak Console
- TruTrak Adjustable Skeg System
- Skid Plate
Aspire 105 Reviews
The wilderness systems…
The wilderness systems design team needs a hardy congratulations on this design. This kayak meets every specification I require. The 10’5” size gives it superb maneuverability, while the secondary gives its stability that makes it seem as though you would have to try to make it turn over, to be dumped out. The weight capability of 400# makes this perfect for kayak camping and yet unloaded is still a great all around recreational kayak. The drop down skeg makes already good tracking into superior tracking for a boat of this size. I originally wanted a pungo (and still kind of do) but I believe this was the perfect kayak for a first timer.
Absolutely the BEST tracking…
I bought a used Aspire 105 in…
November 2019, purchased the…
I never really thought I…
I never really thought I would own a kayak, but after a couple short runs in an inexpensive inflatable I decided to do way too much research and purchase a high quality kayak for myself. This kayak is the winning result of that research. I wanted a kayak that could handle rivers and mild rapid conditions, be comfortable on a flat lake, and at the same time be capable of packing away a lot of gear for extended camping away from everything.
This is an exceptionally stable and practical kayak. The boat handles well in rough class 1 or 2 rapid water with a beginner paddler. It's wide and stable, and more than capable of carrying extra large loads for extended camping trips, or just large paddlers. The spring loaded drop skeg is good for extra straight tracking on the small 10.5 foot hull, and can be raised for those times when extra maneuverability is nice. The replaceable plastic skid plate is a convenient feature, allowing the kayak to be dragged some distance without endangering or permanently damaging the hull.
Overall I couldn't be happier with this boat. It has now given me several great adventures and I look forward to many, many more to come.
Pros: Great beginner boat, could last a lifetime. Great camping boat. Very stable in rough water. HUGE cargo capacity (400 pound recommended weight limit). Replaceable rear drag plate. Retractable skeg.
Con: Dragging the kayak on the skid plate tends to get small rocks and debris stuck in the skeg slot, causing it to not deploy without some manual help at the back of the boat. Make sure to inspect at the shore before launch!
Absolutely best recreational…
Absolutely best recreational kayak on the market. Beginners will love the stability of the boat, while advance paddlers love the maneuverability especially on gentle moving water. Personally, I love how easy it is to adjust the seats to fit most of the paddlers out there.
Very stable boat that…
Very stable boat that handles pretty nicely. With a huge weight capacity for a 10.5 foot boat and a large cockpit, it's comfortable for larger paddler. The skeg and rear ballast are nice additions not often found on this class of boat as well. Overall this is a great rec. boat for kayak camping, or for bigger people, or both! That being said, she's no speed demon, be prepared to paddle hard if you are with a big group. We own two, and both have had to be resealed along the bulkheads, and one had to have the hatch cover replaced due to leaking issues. (Wilderness Systems was amazingly helpful with this whole process, so no real complaint there). Overall I would definitely recommend this boat to anyone looking for a shorter intermediate rec. kayak that can comfortably handle some weight.
Overall, the Aspire 105 has…
Overall, the Aspire 105 has been a great Kayak. The hull is wide enough for my youngest son and me and I'm a big guy. It responds well and has enough storage.
I've taken my Aprire on…
I've taken my Aprire on several different bodies of water. From relatively calm ocean, tributaries, etc., To a large pond in Maine, a small Creek in MA, and a river as well. I'm a large paddler, 6 foot tall, and 300 pounds. I bought the Aspire 105 for it's capacity of 400 pounds and it's beginner and intermediate capabilities.
The drop down Skeg has done very well by me on a large, white cap laden Cayuga lake in NY, two summers ago. It has great tracking, storage, adjustable seat, foot pegs, and a wide entry cockpit. What more could a big guy ask for in a really fun and able kayak?
I bought this boat for my…
I bought this boat for my wife in 2015. It is her first boat . She needed a boat with a very good seat and this one was it. The adjustments are fantastic. She has old injuries to her back, neck and shoulder so the seat adjustments are critical. She loves her new kayak. She is 5' 6" and 135 pounds and the kayak fits her great. I have used it several times and I am 6' 310 pounds. As you can see the boat is very adjustable to the person using it. The boat is pretty stable and is very maneuverable and is at home on rivers. It does OK on lakes with wind and waves and tracks straight but the river is it's forte. The boat is very comfortable on long river trips. The boat is very well made and should last for as long as we kayak. We have no plans to replace it. You can not go wrong with this kayak.
I love the Kayak. Tracks…
I love the Kayak. Tracks well and very comfortable seat
Smooth handling straight…
Smooth handling straight running stable kayak. I love the Wilderness Systems seats
This kayak is making me sad . . .
This kayak is indeed making me very sad. That's because the river is calling me and I CANNOT go. I am trapped in this terrible thing called "work", which is keeping me out of my kayak and off the water. I purchased my Aspire 105 earlier this year, thinking that my son and I would be out on the water every weekend and that we would explore all of the nooks and crannies on most of the bodies of water in northern Georgia.
Unfortunately, my son is just not (yet) a kayaker. He would rather splash and play on the shoreline (he IS only 10, after all). So I bought him a smaller and less expensive kayak (though it is a very awesome little kayak for the price, and I'll review it elsewhere). My plan is to work him up to longer and longer paddles, and get him hooked. So far, so good. But this fall, when I take my 13 mile trek down the Etowah River, it will have to be a solo endeavor.
I purchased my 105 from Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center over in Dallas, Georgia and got the deal of a LIFETIME. I encourage everyone to shop around - you could save yourself a TON of money by doing that. I did. If you are ready to purchase, I encourage you to get a price from Cedar Creek, as they have frequent sales. I was SHOCKED at the low price I paid for my incredible little boat.
We have been out on the water a lot, and now I think I can give this kayak a fair review - I avoided reviewing it too soon after my purchase, since I knew I would still have my rose colored glasses on. I've still got them on, thanks to the quality of this boat - but at least they've gotten wet.
In case you don't want to read a long review - in short, it is as close to the perfect kayak (for me) that I could have purchased. I have read a lot of reviews from others who seem to have a fever for buying kayaks, and that could have happened to me. However, I did my research and bought a 105, and now I doubt if I'll ever buy another kayak again - and I'm not even SLIGHTLY kidding about that. If I do, it'll probably be another Aspire.
Compared to my son's kayak (Pelican Trailblazer 100), it is heavier, at close to 50 lbs. It's still not too heavy to carry on my shoulder and load up in the back of our short-bed pickup truck, but his kayak is only about 38 pounds, so the difference is noticeable. I can also tell the difference when paddling, as the Pelican gets up to speed faster. However - because of the drop down skeg on the 105, it tracks much better and I can sustain speed easier in the 105 than the Pelican.
The seat is AWESOME. While I have also experienced the seat getting hung up under the shell of the kayak, as another reviewer has noted, in my case it was really being caused more by my life jacket than the seat itself. I started taking off my jacket and just laying it over my knees and the problem is solved (for me). You can make almost ANY adjustment to the seat that you could possibly want. I can sit in this kayak ALL DAY. This fall I am planning to do just that.
The dry storage in mine has remained absolutely, perfectly dry. Unless I roll it (not even sure if I can do that - haven't tried yet) I don't think that will ever become a factor, [Note: Do NOT remove the styrofoam that is up in the nose - it's not there for just shipping - it is for flotation. If you DO somehow manage to roll this bedrock-stable kayak, it will keep the nose up at the surface.] I can't imagine worrying about stuff getting wet back there. I also purchased a couple of dry bags anyway, so that shouldn't ever be a factor.
I mentioned stability. This kayak has loads of it. While it will certainly tip, it has enough secondary stability to keep it upright under all but the most absurd angles. I have a feeling most people wouldn't actually ROLL it, but would instead FALL OUT OF IT if tipped up on it's side. Again, you'd have to put some interesting effort into it to get it to go all the way over. On my last time out, the INCREDIBLY inconsiderate (and let's face it - drunk) speed boaters and jet skiers were really putting up some huge waves, but I never had the slightest feeling of tipping. In fact, I honestly looked forward to having some chop to paddle into - kinda like jumping in mud puddles as a kid. I even turned sideways into some tall wakes to see if it would tip me over - nope. I did get a little bit of water breaking over the edge, but that was no big deal. I would DEFINITELY take this thing out on the ocean, if only my wife would allow it. She thinks sharks are searching for humans to eat (go ahead and laugh - I do too), so she won't let me. And the swamps and saw grass marshes near the beach? Alligators will eat me. She's a weenie, so I'm doomed to flat, fresh water. Dang.
As for tracking, it does pretty well for a kayak of this length, even without the skeg down. If you put the skeg down, as noted by others, it not only tracks well, but is noticeably more difficult to turn around. You can do it, but you'll prefer bringing up the skeg to go 180. I can turn it 180 with two sweeps as long as the skeg is up. If it's down, three. It may not sound like a big difference, but it really is.
The cockpit is big and open. Nevertheless, unless your paddling technique is pretty sloppy, you should have no trouble staying remarkably dry. And because of the large cockpit, it holds a lot of air - which means it can stay afloat under loads that would swamp a lot of other kayaks. I *may* get a skirt for mine (who am I kidding - I WILL, someday), but not so much for staying dry. Instead, a skirt would help keep my knees from getting sunburned. Pack some SPF.
So far, the adjustable foot pegs have worked flawlessly, though I often just sit cross legged while paddling. (Purists are staring at their monitors in HORROR right now . . . but go ahead . . . live a little . . . ). And yes, the cockpit is wide enough to sit cross-legged.
The drink holder works as you would expect - no problems whatsoever. I also took my very expensive cell phone out so we could get some photos, and it sits very stable under the cord.
There is no paddle holder on the Aspire 105. As far as I'm concerned, that's not really even a knock. The cockpit is wide enough that it will hold there for the few times I want to put it down. But if a paddle holder is your thing, you'll have to use one of the cords on the frame for that.
The handles on the bow and stern are very comfortable for carrying, and tough. It's hard to imagine these failing, unless abused. Still, I would not tie down a 105 by those handles.
I got my 105 in the Midnight color scheme. I can report to you that it is more beautiful in person than online. I have also put ONE (small and tasteful, strictly for personalization) decal on it (purchased from CafePress), and it sticks ferociously. I was afraid that decals might not stick to the hull, but that's not a problem at all. In fact, I do not think that any natural force is going to remove that decal.
And now for the BAD thing about this kayak.
You will become paranoid. This is something I never really thought of, until AFTER I picked it up and took it out for the first time. I feel the stares of others who appear to be coveting my kayak. I simply can't leave it in the bed of my truck while going into a convenience store; visions of someone sneaking over and (somehow quickly) stealing it and driving away keep haunting me. So I make someone else go inside, while I stand guard. You can't have my 105, unless you have a gun . . . and then I'll have to think about it.
Note to those who are still thinking about getting a kayak, but haven't yet "taken the plunge":
Do it. Now. Here's just one reason why. My son and I were on Allatoona Reservoir (really just a big bath tub that the Corps of Engineers fills and empties every year), during full pool. While we were paddling up into the river, we saw one of the largest birds I've ever seen take off out of a pine tree, so close to us that we could hear its wings flap, and fly about 100 yards from us. This bird was HUGE. It suddenly shot STRAIGHT UP into the air, did a hammerhead stall, and dove down towards the water with it's wings pulled all the way in. This thing was HAULING. It hit the water and DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY for a few seconds. My son was very concerned that this giant-of-the-skies had just committed SUICIDE, when all of a sudden it popped back up to the surface, and with considerable effort, hauled a big fish far off into the trees. My son was in SHOCK - he just turned and asked, "DAD - did you SEE THAT?! Can they DO THAT?!" And I replied, "They do that for a LIVING."
And they are doing it RIGHT NOW . . . get out there and WATCH THE SHOW!
I originally bought this…
I originally bought this Aspire 105 as a guest kayak. It had only been used twice and came with everything. My husband and I enjoy taking friends and family along on some of our kayaking adventures. I have a Tarpon 100 with the Airpro seat, my husband has a Perception Pescador 120, both sit-on-tops. We also had a couple of 8-foot beginner kayaks. We always gave the better kayaks to the guests so they would have a more enjoyable experience. After paddling our regular yaks, getting back into those starter boats was no fun at all. So I started scouring ads for good backups and found this Aspire on Craigslist. The price was too great to pass up and I loved the seat on my Tarpon, so I didn't hesitate. The problem came when I let my husband try the Aspire. He is 6'2" and 220 lbs. and had never paddled a sit-inside before. He loves the comfort, the balance, the skeg and the large cockpit. The high load capacity is a big plus and he LOVES that seat. Add to that the fact that his Pescador weighs a ton, and now he chooses the Aspire most every time the conditions are right for a sit-inside. In short, I never get to use the thing, so I need another...
I have a bad back. My wife…
The wife said she would like to fish while kayaking. She no longer used the Future Beach Fusion 124. so we where all set to do some kayaking. I didn't mind paddling myself as much, I kind of enjoyed it, just couldn't stay in it to long because of my back. We decided that this is something we really enjoy so I needed a kayak that was more comfortable. We went and bought an Old Town Trip 10 not bad this might be what I need, an open cockpit a much better seat! Unfortunately I had my wife try it and she fell in love with it. So off to the sporting goods store we went for another Trip 10.
After spending some time in it I still had to take along a cushion to sit on. We were now spending all our free time we had out on the rivers. Meeting and talking to people and friends the recommendation of a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 kept coming up so I went and sat in one. The phase 3 seating is fantastic!!! So I bit the bullet and bought one. Loved it and again so did the wife. Now we had a problem again!! She was in the Pungo and I in the Oldtown with a cushion. We went and got another. We found out quickly that 12 foot kayak doesn't handle as well as a 10 foot kayak does!!!
We like running rivers nothing crazy but we like running moving water. So I looked up Wilderness Systems to see if they offered a kayak that would have the same seat as the Pungos and sure enough they have the best kayak that I have ever been in!!! YES THE ASPIRE 105!!!!! Have spent more than 9 hours at a time in it. Yes my back is bothering me but there is NO way I could have even thought about doing 4 or more hour out on the water. Of course the wife tried mine and she now has one!!
Have only been in another kayak one time since getting my Aspire 105 and that was because my friend asked if he could use it on a trip to see if he wanted to get one. I ran one of our Pungos. When I ask what kayak my wife wants to run she always says my Aspire!!! All of the others are for family and friends. (except the Pungos we save them for flat water) You will not go wrong with the Aspire 105 comfy, hauls the weight, is stable and it handles!!
There is no other place I would rather be than in my Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 with my wife, children and friends with me!!! Hope to see ya out on the water!!!!!
By far the best kayaks we…
We went from two Pungo 120's…
Overall we love them and they fit our needs better although we were very happy with the Pungo's as well. Wilderness builds great kayaks that hold up very well.
This is a great kayak if you…
My previous Kayak was a 10…
I purchased the Aspire 105 a…
I purchased the Aspire 105 a few weeks ago and have had it on the water every chance I get. I can't get enough of it! It is a great boat.
My family is new to kayaking and we chose three similar yet different boats: My wife has an Ascend D10, my daughter has a Vapor 10 and I chose the Aspire. Each 'yak has a different personality, but the Aspire clearly outperforms the other two in terms of paddling ease, directional stability and glide. Don't get me wrong, the other boats are nice, but the Aspire with its retractable skeg, water-tight storage compartment and infinitely-adjustable seat has more bells and whistles that justify its slightly higher price.
I would have given the Aspire 105 a perfect 10 if it had a factory-installed drain plug and the seat back did not have a penchant for occasionally getting caught under the rear coaming at some settings. All in all, though, these are just minor inconveniences.
Wilderness Systems has done a great job of providing a great value for the money with the Aspire 105.
The seat is super comfy! This…
Ive owned this yak for…
We are new to kayaking, and…
I upgraded to the Aspire 105…
Overall, this is a really great boat...the seat may be worth the price of admission all by itself. Tracks straight with the skeg down, and I've had no issues thus far when I forget to pull it up and bounce it off of small rocks. I feel there is no such beast as an absolutely perfect boat, which is why it's getting a 9/10. The Aspire is certainly the sweetest little boat I've ever paddled!
I searched for a good kayak I…
Bought this boat based on 2…
I find the boat tracks very good with the skeg up AND is highly maneuverable. Only notice slight improvement in tracking with the skeg down while paddling, but it does have better straight line glide.
The easy adjustments to the seat while paddling is a real plus. Haven't found the ideal setup yet but it is so easy to adjust!
Love this kayak. Stable, not…
Great step up from a cheaper…
58 year old noob was looking…
The seat is pretty comfy, but still, its not a lounge chair. I'm 5ft 10 and weigh 230. Yes I know, old and out of shape. The kayak paddles much better than the 10 ft sit ins I've been renting. I'm very pleased. The nose does wag as I paddle with the skeg down or up. The skeg is great and does do its job. It does keep me straight on a long paddle across the bay. When its up, I tend to wandervon a long paddle. I'm sure its me.
This is my first kayak. Ive been out 4 times in wind, chop, and calm. It did very very well in these conditions. Nice paddling boat. I saw some great videos online. I plan to rig it out as a minimalist fishing kayak.
I'm very happy with this purchase and have no regrets.
I love my 2015 Wilderness…
I love my 2015 Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 kayak. I am a big guy and I needed a boat that would carry my weight and be comfortable. Also having had some back problems (who hasn't?) I wanted a boat with a comfortable and easily adjustable seat. My Aspire 105 exceeded my expectations. It is stable, light to carry but well built.
I've taken my new Aspire 105…
Can't go wrong. Skeg makes…
Got this on sale (dusk) from…
I read aloooooot of reviews on the Aspire 105, pretty much everything because I wasn't sure SOT vs Sit In. I saved a little more $500 vs $ 750 and now am glad I did. The seat is great. It's adjustable up/down front/back and also lifts under your thigh. It's the best I have had the opportunity to try yet. It's almost limitless how to adjust this sucker. I also like the stability. I have not tried to stand but I believe it may be possible. As for the skeg, fantastic, its pretty ok with the thing up but once you drop it you can glide straight as an arrow. LOVE IT. All boats under 12ft should have one in my opinion. Its also on a rope so you can vary the depth of which you are deploying. The only thing is I wish it was aluminum like my brothers Montour. With the skeg up, you can spin this thing better than anything I have had so far. It may have to do with the relatively flat bottom.
The cockpit is large I'm 6ft and its perfect. you don't feel claustrophobic and you can still put your feet up on the dash. I ran this with my GPS installed. It rolls 3.6 MPH without a sweat. I was able to hit 4.3 mph but at that speed its actually pushing water instead of gliding and its hard to maintain. The rear hatch is solid and holds alot. You can also reach back and find items without fear of tipping.
Sorry this is long but i am definitely liking this boat and looking forward to catching many fish. also worth mentioning when you have to stash your paddle, it fits sweet under the front bungee cords and hangs off the side kinda in the GROOVE without needing any additional securing. The hull material is pretty sturdy. I did cut a 2 x 4 and wedged it under the bow between my feet. I wear a size 10 1/2 sneaker and it was a little low. Barefoot was ok but I have used this trick with other boats and gained up to 1" for my toes to be happy w/ shoes on. (hateitwhenIcantput feetvertical).
All in all, cant wait to get back on the water and I appreciated all the reviews from others in helping me make the choice. hopefully this will help others.
This kayak is SUPER! Love how…
I am not new to kayaking as I…
Looked at every other crossover but went with the Aspire 105, brilliant choice, what more could I want......a drain plug! added one myself, no biggy!
Thanks WS great yak!
The Aspire is a great kayak. Very roomy cockpit. Seats are…
The Aspire is a great kayak. Very roomy cockpit. Seats are super comfortable. I love that they adjust three ways. The back goes up and down and, forward and back. The front of the seat also goes up and down.
The stability is also great. If you lean into it the secondary catches you. There is a skeg that you can raise and lower with a little rope. When it's down the Aspire tracks super well. It even helps you stay on course when the winds blowing. It's spring loaded so if you hit rocks or something it bounces up and down with out damage. You don't even really feel it when it hits something.
The dry storage in the back is a handy feature with the hinged lid. It's easy to get into. I haven't had any water get into it yet. I still use a dry bag in it cause I don't trust any dry storage on any boat. This one seems to work though.
There's plenty of room to carry what you'll need on a day trip down the river. I've been using it to fish for bass lately and it works great.
Overall this is a great kayak for the money.
I did a lot of research…
I did a lot of research before deciding on which kayak I wanted. I knew I wanted a crossover boat that could handle still water as well as minor rapids on a river. The Aspire 105 was an easy pick in the end. The goal is to take this boat on a 200 mile river trip, so it had to be versatile and be able to carry my gear for the trip.
The seat is amazing, I can sit for hours on end without having to get out of the boat to stretch. I can adjust it to the position I want fairly easy.
The boat is very stable. I have used it on choppy lake water and in class II rapids. I have never felt unstable in it. Even when one of my daughters did a surprise wet entry after being scared by a spider in her kayak.
The drop skeg is great, but it can get small pebbles or sand in it causing it to not drop. I had that issue once after launching in a river.
Another selling point for me was the hatch. I can open it, retrieve an item, and close it back all while on the water. This allowed me to grab items while in the middle of the lake instead of having to hit a beach to get a something.
The only real complain I have (and why it didn't get a 10) is that the seat has plastic rings on it in places. One of these popped when I stepped on the seat by accident getting our of the kayak. It was easy to fix, but I wish they had used metal in the first place.
I love this boat. I paddle it 3-4 times a week for a minimum of 3 hours each time I go out. What I really love about it in the end is that it is like owning a Jeep Wrangler. If I see that side stream that is nothing more than a creek, I know the Aspire 105 can handle it, and still paddle fine on a lake also.
For those who want a skirt. It takes a 7.5 size, and I went with Seal brand.
This is a good kayak for the…
My husband just surprised me…
I am new to kayaking so the Aspire has been a great fit. At 10.5 feet, it is easy for me to maneouver but it still performs very well and i never feel left behind by my friends with "big people" kayaks. I have taken it out on lake Ontario, staying close to shore as it was quite windy, and I felt completely safe: this boat is as stable as you can get. The cockpit is large...I mean lLARGE, 24" x 52" so even the most uncoordinated (read "me") can easily get in and out without a problem.
The only little flaws I see are no drain holes and not being able to find a spray skirt that fits the monster cockpit. That combination of course means you need a good sponge with you. Otherwise, I would not change a thing to my lovely blue boat
Being no youngster by any…
The most important feature of the purchase was to be the seat. I am an avid cyclist and do not like having a sore butt if at all possible! (Imagine that!) The seat is highly adjustable and was in my opinion one of the best available as original equipment of the boat. I have used the boat 8 times since purchasing it about two months ago and the seat has performed to my satisfaction.
The foot-rests are adjustable from the seated position so as one wants to change as to the conditions this may be accomplished with reasonable ease! There is a drop-down skeg which is very helpful when used.
The hatch closure was another positive to me although a little disappointing in performance. The cover is hinged with two lever locks and I find this more user friendly than the “stretch” style. My disappointment is in the fact that this compartment is by no means dry! I always find water in the rear compartment at the end of my trip. This is not a huge problem, but is somewhat annoying.
Some manufactures supply a small dry container with a screw lid and I feel that would be a great added feature especially for electronic key fobs and cell phone protection. Since the boat did not come with one of these I decided to look for a good mounting spot to add one and found the boat does not have a good place to add it, although with a little change in dash board design this could be an easy option.
The boat does not come with any drains and I have added a small unit near the left rear of the cockpit. This works by rolling the boat up to the side and will allow water to flow out. A drain would be nice in the bow area as some manufactures have done.
The boat is a little heavy but I find it to be tolerable and appears to be well made.
Overall I am happy with the boat and would suggest the Aspire 105 to anybody that is looking for the similar features that I was looking for!
Purchased my first Wilderness…
Great beginner kayak, loads…
Great beginner kayak, loads of room in cockpit and front bow area, (floatation in front also) Nice medium size rear watertight (so far) storage area, use a few smaller dry bags to fit around skeg system. Dash board holds gear (water bottle, gloves, phone, small sponge) securely.
A little wide but very stable, I sometimes hit sides when paddling (I must pay attention). Center ribs hold feet on rests very nicely. Being wide makes it slow done when resting, which can be done with feet on deck very easily. Seat is best I have every tried/seen, no wet sore rear, water drains right out. No side paddle holder. Rotomolded and very sturdy/thick. Very nice handles.
You want a Kayak for the…
The only downside I have found so far is there is no bow bulk head to it. Other then that it does have the normal bungee-cords which you can always use with a dry bag. List price was $699.00,
Honestly, one of the best well-rounded Kayaks on the market.