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Excellent kayak. Very fast…

Submitted by: Florist on 7/29/2020
Excellent kayak. Very fast boat, very easy to paddle, even in high wind. I went into 23 mph wind and it moved threw the water lake a dart. Surprising stable, despite the bullet like form. Wonderful boat.

As a family we love our…

Submitted by: paddler835628 on 7/26/2020
As a family we love our Pungos. We've has them over a year now and used them from the chesapeake Bay (across the bay and back no problem no fatigue) to rivers, big lakes, creeks and surf. The Pungo covers all 3 family experience levels and needs. Son is tall and light and very experienced. Wife is short and recreational only and I'm 220 and experienced. Son and I have camped with 3 days gear food and plenty of storage using the bow. Foot pedal adjustments are easy and they are very stable and I find them plenty fast. My son paddles like a flying fish in his 120. He just glides over the water. My wife loves the stability. I did add extra cushion in the seat for my comfort on the 5, 6 hour trips we make. Its just a boat throw cushion so added safety there too. I had to reseal my bulkhead so I'd drop it a half star. But wife and son no issues with leaks. I think because I'm heavier when the hull flexed it pulled the bulkhead seal down and made a small leak. We've kayaked in SC, MD and Oregon in various waters. (Separate trips lol). Our Pungos have been great.

I really wanted to love this…

Submitted by: paddler506099 on 7/24/2020
I really wanted to love this boat, and I did, initially. I have had Wilderness Systems kayaks for over 20 years. I bought this boat in 2019. 3 weeks into owning the boat, I dented the hull (partially by an hour tie down in spring weather and being pinned against a rock in the river.) It seemed I had some success removing the oil canning in the sun, but the kayak preferred the memory of the dents. The bulkhead was poorly sealed and gets quite wet. The seat cover repeatedly comes off and Did so since early on. I know Wilderness Systems cranked these boats out quickly and could barely keep up with production demand. My first warning should’ve been that the local shop where I Purchased this Pungo had dented it themselves while displaying. Then the second kayak I did get my hands on Even had the wrong color listed on the statement of origin. The engineering on this boat is clever. Pretty fast, tracked great to start, comfortable and the console is even more appreciated than I would have expected. Great kayak if the execution was better. The shop where I bought the boat tried to warranty the boat, but Wilderness Systems denied the claim. By the way, I also have a Pungo 105 I got on clearance (more for rivers). Ironically, that boat is solid. Didn’t feel like the same quality build at all. An interesting note: I gave This a 3 star review on Wilderness Systems website, but apparently, they only post the 5 star reviews. Shady. I would have to think very hard before buying another wilderness systems boat in the future. I feel Confluence has ruined and cheapened the brand.

My wife and I tested…

Submitted by: shadow1944 on 7/15/2020
My wife and I tested different brands and a couple different lengths and then we rented the Wilderness Pungo 120 at Zellers Ski and Sports in Green Bay.. The features it has for comfort such as the seat adjustments and foot peg adjustments are both fantastic and the Pungo control blew the rest out of the water and we liked the blended color selection they offered as well. So we ordered two and can't wait until they come in. (I get your email news letter but apparently I'm not a member?)

Stable, easy to paddle, roomy.

Submitted by: paddler090950 on 7/13/2020
Stable, easy to paddle, roomy.

I am absolutely in love with…

Submitted by: dolphin_life on 7/10/2020
I am absolutely in love with my 2019 Wilderness Systems Pungo 120! I can adjust my seat completely from within the kayak and adjust the foot pedals easily from sitting in my seat. It glides through the water with ease and rides so smooth. I started kayaking about 5 years ago with a sun Dolphin Aruba 10 SS. at that time, I wasn't sure how much I would get into kayaking so I went with an inexpensive model to start. That same year I looked at a Wilderness Systems Pungo kayak and knew it was the one I wanted to upgrade to in the future since I quickly became addicted to paddling. My dream of owning a Pungo finally became reality this year and I've never been happier! The new dashboard is quite impressive and very versatile. I'm looking forward to adding the battery as an accessory and possibly solar panels. The new solid handles are also a very nice upgrade and make it easy to transport. Whether I'm paddling down a river or in a lake this kayak never disappoints me. It is literally so comfortable I can paddle all day long. I find my serenity in the water in my Wilderness Systems Pungo 120! I highly recommend this kayak to anyone who enjoys paddling. You won't be disappointed!

2 years in and Lovin' every…

Submitted by: Joe-R on 7/10/2020
2 years in and Lovin' every paddle, every river and every time I join friends and family on the water!

I’m new to paddling and…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/30/2020
I’m new to paddling and decided on this boat because of perceived quality and the features. I’m generally happy with my purchase and can understand why it’s known as the best seller in it’s class. My only issue is that the bulkhead leaked through from the cockpit. On inspection the bottom of the bulkhead Was not glued to the bottom of the boat and my little finger could slide under. That means quality control was missing at the point of manufacture and the retailer. My retailer is 2 1/2 hours away so making a long trip for a simple repair was something I would do. My retailer suggest Lexel in a toothpaste type tube. I found it at a nearby Ace Hardware store. It’s instantly waterproof, elastic and useable the next day. The leak is gone and the problem solved. I hope this may help the rest of you that have this problem.

Purchased the Pungo 120 (2018…

Submitted by: matthewjrollins on 5/3/2020
Purchased the Pungo 120 (2018 model) at a local shop for my daughter who is a teenager. We have been out a few times over the fall and spring, and the Pungo has been maneuverable, lightweight, and easy to learn better technique. She likes the open cockpit design and the seat is great. Speed wise, she can keep up with us, and have the confidence to experience the water in a easy manner. We Love our Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak and we can't wait to get back out on the water for our next adventure!

Great Comfort. Easy in/out.…

Submitted by: moosesjm on 9/4/2019

Great Comfort. Easy in/out. Multiple seat adjustments are the best (especially the thigh support) Very stable


Looked at an older model a…

Submitted by: Kennyd on 9/4/2019

Looked at an older model a few years ago. Decided to go with another model for my first kayak. Needed a new kayak this year to get my son involved and saw this one. Love the new upgrades especially the new compartment in the seating area. Tracks very well on the lakes I have paddled on. Only improvement would be smaller cup holders. Especially love the galaxy blue color!


We purchased our first kayak…

Submitted by: paddler535226 on 7/29/2019

We purchased our first kayak at a local shop, and we love our new Wilderness Systems Pungo 120. . So far we have been out a few times, and love how maneuverable, lightweight, and easy to enjoy they are. My Pungo is a perfect match for me as I enjoy the more open cockpit design and the seat is great. I feel like I can really move in this thing and experience the water the way it should be experienced. Love our Wilderness Systems Kayak and can't wait to get back out on the water for our next adventure!


I've had several kayaks over…

Submitted by: phaussler on 7/26/2019

I've had several kayaks over the years but my favourite and latest is the Pungo 120. It handles well in the wind and is very stable in choppy waters. I especially like the wide cockpit which allows for easy entry and exit. The seat is comfortable and provides good lower back support making long treks enjoyable. The knee and thigh padding also helps on long voyages.


We have a new 2019 120 and…

Submitted by: owhite3003 on 7/10/2019

We have a new 2019 120 and 125. New to paddling but have tried some cheaper kayaks before. This kayak tracks well and seams like a great kayak. I like the adjustable foot pegs and they are easy to adjust when you are on the water. The seats have numerous adjustments and are comfortable to me. My wife's tailbone does get sore after a long paddle but I don't know if that due to the seats. The reason for the 3 stars, the 120 bulk head keeps leaking. the 125 is still good. We have taken the 120 back 4 times. we have received a new 120 after the first one leaked. That one leaked after the first paddle. Took it back and they gave us the original one that was repaired. The bulk head didn't stay sealed after the first paddle. Take in mind these are't leaking water in from the outside, Just water from the cockpit from a hard paddle and water from washing. Going for the 4th time now. I like the new console. The removable water proof supplied box does rattle a little bit and for some reason the cell phones get extremely hot in there. They are handy for keys, snacks, etc. Other then the leak issue, we are really enjoying the new Pungos.


We purchased our first kayaks…

Submitted by: paddler519245 on 6/24/2019

We purchased our first kayaks at a local shop, and we love our new Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 and Tsunami 145. So far we have been out a few times, and love how maneuverable, lightweight, and easy to enjoy they are. My Pungo is a perfect match for me as I enjoy the more open cockpit design and the seat is great. I feel like I can really move in this thing and experience the water they way it should be experienced. My husband loves his Tsunami - He finds even as a tall man (6'3) that it fits him well with his long legs and the more narrow design is perfect for paddling. The adjustable foot pegs are super easy and are very comfortable. Love our Wilderness Systems Kayaks and can't wait to get back out on the water for our next adventure!


Very stable and safe Kayak.…

Submitted by: Roepkeca on 6/6/2019

Very stable and safe Kayak. Were on a lake with two foot plus waves and handled them with no issues.


I replaced my 14' Necky…

Submitted by: paddler443344 on 10/4/2018

I replaced my 14' Necky (which was a great boat for me for 25 years) with the Pungo 120 this Spring. I needed a larger cockpit and more stable boat, but one that was reliable, comfortable, and I could move myself. It was a great move!!!! After paddling all summer, I am so pleased with this boat. It handles well-even in the wind and waves, I can carry it short distances, it is very stable-easy to get in and out of, and the cockpit is large enough to use for camera gear in a dry bag. Cons-I get a bit more splashed (as expected), and the rear gear hatch is not even near waterproof (they never said it would be). A LOT of water gets in there-I think I will try some silicone and see if I can improve it.


I've been paddling Pungos for…

Submitted by: kayakbasser on 8/9/2018

I've been paddling Pungos for about 10 years now so I guess I'm qualified to do my first review. I've been a kayak fisherman for about 20 years and have been through close to 20 yaks and the Pungo 120 is by far my favorite. They are not good for all conditions, but for lakes, bays and slow rivers they are hard to beat. They are fast(for a 12 footer), stable and durable. The large cockpit makes it easy to enter, exit and to fish from, but also makes it unsuitable for rough conditions. Also if your paddling a river with a lot of current the keel makes it harder to handle, but the keel keeps it tracking straight on flat water. I would have given the 120 five stars if they had floatation in the front, but Wilderness Systems stopped putting front floatation in the 120 several years ago. I've added a front float bag to my newest Pungo and would encourage anyone buying one to do the same. (The bags are cheap insurance). So would I buy another - absolutely!


I just rented a cottage on…

Submitted by: paddler455831 on 7/25/2018

I just rented a cottage on Bass Lake and it had a Blue Pungo 120 there. I was petrified of Kayaks since tipping as a kid and having trouble getting the boat upright or getting out of the small hole. This Pungo was fantastic, moved quickly, was INCREDIBLY STABLE with a large cockpit and comfortable seat and very low center of gravity. I fished for three days straight and caught over 40 fish from the boat and paddled about 10 miles a day with no problem. It handled white caps and boat waves like a champ. I was in the market for a used canoe but am now seriously considering buying a used Pango 12 with a fishing set up. Very impressed!


This product allows an…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/25/2018

This product allows an experienced paddler or beginner a chance to have a stable, swift, and easy to manuver kayak without all the weight. Excellent kayak for a day of paddling or short trip. I enjoyed the one that I had so much that we bought a second one for my spouse.


Let me start by saying this…

Submitted by: paddler450994 on 7/9/2018

Let me start by saying this is my first "recreational" boat. I have 4 kayaks but all day touring boats from Wilderness and Necky. I had originally put a hold on a Hurricane Santee sport 120 but changed my mind to the Pungo last minute because I was concerned about the level of abuse it would sustain.

So I bought this boat as a seller blem. It got a little crushed in the warehouse around the cockpit opening and I got 300 bucks off for the slight cosmetic flaw. Ok with me.

Today I took this boat on two outings. The first up a slowish tidal river with a strong current for about 3 miles and back. I was actually quite impressed at how easily it kept up with the Tsunami 125 and the Necky Looksha 12 I was paddling with. Would I call it fast, no but it was much better than I expected for a wide hull. The boat is rock solid stable and as stated earlier, my experience has been touring baots so this one feels very stout and stable. I also noticed immediately how close to the water it sits, unlike most rec boats that sit way high and are prone to weathercocking. This one sits quite near the water, and the cockpit has enormous opening so unless you're in flat water, you're going to get some water in the boat. Thats the trade off for not blowing around.

Comfort wise this one is a 9 out of 10. I'm 6'3" and 235 lbs. Ive got size 13 feet and finding boats that work for my 35" inseam and big feet is a real challenge. The seat is great, though the backrest is a bit firm, easily solved with a slip over pad. The rest of the seat is excellent. The foot rests are also great and well built as well. They have loads of travel and honestly I think they would work for someone in the 6'8" range. The cockpit is spacious, maybe even cavernous by kayak standards. Its the only boat I own that I can pull my knees up in while seated and can even put my legs over the top and lay back.

Ok so the rest- the boat is wide, 29" wide and thats a lot more width than I'm used too. That said a bigger stronger person can edge it and it does it fairly well. Its got some serious chines and they hold it if you've got the leg strength. The boat tracks straight, really straight! The rear hatch leaks, not terrible but there was water in the rear storage compartment after my trip. Could be the bulkhead, I will investigate.

So who is this boat for? Larger paddler looking for a stable all around kick the crap out of boat that will run rivers, lakes and ponds. Maybe light fishing too. Someone who wants a "fast" rec boat to keep up with friends in day touring boats but just cant handle the snug fit of a Tsunami or Manitou type of boat.

Who its not for- Anyone using it in larger open water. It will get too much water in the cockpit. Small, or weak paddlers- too much boat here for the faint of build. Try it in the 10'6" if you're under 175 lbs.

Overall I really like it. It will probably get more use than any other boat in my growing fleet, just because I think it will be the most versitile and resilient. A definite yes on this one if you're a multi boat paddler.


We are beginning kayakers,…

Submitted by: SpychalaJ on 6/26/2018

We are beginning kayakers, ages 67, and have bought two Pungo 120 kayaks last year. Use them mostly on lakes around North Carolina and on the marshes at the sea side. Are pretty much satisfied with the performance with one thing that they are a bit heavier than we thought. Getting them up on a trailer, with each one of us at the opposite end of the kayak, is fine for me but my wife has some problems lifting them on her end. Still able to do that and for the transportation at the lake (100-200 feet) we use a small kayak wheeler instead of carrying one kayak at the time. On the water they are very good unless some heavier boat passes by and creates a wave that may splash the interior of the kayak. Need to position the kayak properly (frontally to wave) to avoid that each time. They point well and are easy to paddle and accelerate. So far we have gone for up to about 8 mile trips each way with no problem.


This is a great recreational…

Submitted by: phaussler on 6/25/2018

This is a great recreational kayak. I like the wide cockpit allowing easy access and storing accessories within reach. Not being a great swimmer, the kayak is very stable during rough waters. It tracks well even on windy days. The seat is comfortable especially on day trips. Have owned several kayaks but the Pungo is my favourite.


Purchased this kayak for my…

Submitted by: jlsherwoodhighlands on 6/25/2018

Purchased this kayak for my wife two years ago, after a fair bit of study on my part and a couple demos on her part. She has hip problems, and needed a slightly wider cockpit. This works fine. The boat appears to be aimed at the entry level user, but it has lots of great features, tracks well, and has the most-comfortable seat I've found. No keel or rudder, though it appears you can add the rudder later. Still, performance is fine in small chop and moderate winds. My wife, who I thought would be more timid about it, actually loves it when a small boat goes by and sends us some waves. This is due to the very high stability of the unit. If she was in my Elie Strait 140 XE, which is a very good boat for its intended purpose, she would not be so excited. The Pungo comes with two good compartments and a "dashboard" which stores a water bottle and few other items. It has a small lockable compartment on top that is very difficult to open, regardless of weather, temperature, or any other factor, so it goes unused. This is a small problem, yet the biggest one we see. Weight is respectable -- I can put it on the car roof by myself. At age 62, that's a plus.


My husband and I bought our…

Submitted by: JulieB on 6/19/2018

My husband and I bought our kayaks 6 years ago as a Black Friday special. We bought them without any research or knowledge of this brand. For the past 6 years, I have been saying it is the BEST money we have ever spent. We go almost every weekend in our home state of Tennessee. In fact, we say we've been outside more than ever since we've bought them. We have kayaked all over our state oand taken them with us on camping trips to other states: Florida, Georgia, South Dakota, and my favorite - Wyoming. We can kayak for hours as the seats are so comfortable. We've had them in lakes, rivers and bays. We have bought 2 more Wilderness kayaks so that our children or friends can go with us. I blog about every trip and it's been a great resource for others. I'll keep paddling this kayak for as long as I can!


The Wilderness Systems Pungo…

Submitted by: paddler437926 on 6/5/2018

The Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 has been a near perfect recreational kayak with a sufficient amount of storage, comfortable seat, straight tracking, and a descent amount of speed on the water. The detachable work-deck is conveniently placed and offers extra storage complete with 2 cup holders. I would highly recommend this easy-to-use kayak to novice paddlers, as well as seasoned kayakers too.


My first kayak and very happy…

Submitted by: Ray_O on 5/30/2018

My first kayak and very happy that I bought my own.Been renting some very bad ones in past. The pungo is a very good handling kayak Can't believe the difference between the rentals that I have been using in past to the Pungo NICE!!!!


Tracks well, cuts through the…

Submitted by: paddler435956 on 5/30/2018

Tracks well, cuts through the water nicely. Seat is decent enough, could be a tad more cushy but it does the job well. A tad heavy, but its a study, solid construction. You can't go wrong with it.


My wife and I both have been…

Submitted by: gmarkins on 5/30/2018

My wife and I both have been using the Pungo 120. From the first moment we tried it, we were hooked on kayaking. If you are a beginner, it is most stable. For recreational kayaking, I cannot imagine a more comfortable kayak. Unless you plan to begin competitive kayaking or intend long paddles, this is likely to be a longterm use kayak.


I love this kayak. It is…

Submitted by: paddler425614 on 4/10/2018

I love this kayak. It is lightweight and has been a gem for fishing. Plenty of room and I find it comfortable even being 6 ft.


Submitted by: guest-paddler on 2/22/2018

The pungo is a very stable…

Submitted by: paddler416183 on 1/31/2018

The pungo is a very stable and fast kayak. There is plenty of room and the open cockpit is great for my daughters who don't like to be covered over so much. It is reasonably light weight and very durable.


The best all around…

Submitted by: RLKAYE on 1/8/2018

The best all around recreational and fishing kayak I have tired. While not fishing specific it is so stable and roomy I have some of my best days on the lake fishing out of this boat. There is a reason you see some many of them in rental fleets, ANYONE can paddle this boat and enjoy their time on the water


First Kayak purchase, went…

Submitted by: avenger on 12/18/2017

First Kayak purchase, went straight to the best!!!


Some Differences

Submitted by: paddler235889 on 9/6/2017

Having bought my Pungo 12 in 2002 and just recently bought my wife a 2017 Pungo 120 there are some notable differences. So apples and oranges. The hull of the 2017 is not as sharp chined as the '02 making for a little side slipping. The keel area is a little softer (rounded) and doesn't track as well as the '02 but all in all still an easily managed kayak on the small meandering streams that we are close to. Big water such as lakes and shore area bays it handles quite well. The amenities, aft bulk heading, bigger access aft hatch, the new seat configuration, and the "dash" are nice, the seat being very nice. We bought this because we do a lot of overnight, some longer camp/kayaking and her WS Bandit couldn't handle the gear. As of now we have 2 Bandits for the grandkids, 2- 12' Pungos and 2 105' Aspires. Four stars only because of the differences between the hulls. But it is my wife's and she thinks it should get 5 stars. Just for info I paid $359 in '02, in 2017 $739 on sale.


Great kayak for flat and slow water...

Submitted by: DaveSC on 7/13/2017

However...When something breaks such as seat components you can forget about any good customer service from the company. The parts I needed for a 2 year old kayak could not be ordered from the company. They did not have them! I had to order from somewhere else. I feel I was lucky to get the parts from a secondary company. Phase 3 seat parts. I can no longer recommend the company, (even though they have a good product), if they no longer support their products. If buy a product I expect to be able to get parts when it breaks otherwise it ain't no good. Telling it like it is.


I've had my Wilderness…

Submitted by: vetjim on 10/19/2016
I've had my Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 in blue (no longer offered) for 3-4 years now. It tracks well, sits comfortable, and is light enough that after 4 hours of paddling I can still get it on my car. I have owned 6 different kayaks, and my next one will be another Pungo.

I bought the Pungo 120 2…

Submitted by: paddler237144 on 9/26/2016

I bought the Pungo 120 2 years ago, and have been very pleased with the stability of the boat. It is being used on lakes, where I paddle for a workout. Easy to get in and out of, and isn't too heavy considering it is a 12 foot boat. I used to have an Old Town canoe (14'7"), and that was much harder to maneuver. It was also very tippy. For what I want to do, the Pungo 120 is a good fit for me.


I have a 5 or 6 year old…

Submitted by: paddler237104 on 9/11/2016

I have a 5 or 6 year old Pungo 12, and am very happy with it. I have to disagree with the reviewer who called it very tippy. I find it VERY stable and comfortable. I use it mostly on a large man-made lake and sometimes in tidal tributaries of Chesapeake Bay, both of which can be subject to strong winds, and the Bay waters can have strong tides as well as wind. I've also used it on an overnight camping expedition, carrying gear on the Potomac River through stretches of Class I & II rapids and one near-Class III, and it's performed well in all situations.

The hull design with chines and a narrow fin at the stern allow it to track pretty well without a skeg. I've stood up in it on flat water to scout rapids ahead with no problems. It holds a surprising amount of gear in the stern hatch and under the fore deck. I find the seat and large cockpit comfortable, and there's enough space for a small dog.

Yes, it's harder to track in crosswinds, but so is any small boat. At 49 pounds, it's light enough for this 71 year old paddler to wrestle it on top of my car.

If there's a downside, it's not particularly fast, and on flat water, even with a current, it doesn't have much glide. I can live with that because when I'm on the water, I'm in no hurry, and hate to have to take out. ;)

The current price on these has nearly doubled since I bought mine, but I'd still consider a new one a good value compared to other models.


I don't know where all of…

Submitted by: paddler237082 on 9/3/2016

I don't know where all of these reviews came from but this is a piece of crap kayak. Never have I paddled a kayak so tippy and it doesn't even move smoothly through the water. Save your money, buy a cheap kayak from Walmart, unless you really want compartments to put your things.


Great kayak for a beginner. It feels very stable in the…

Submitted by: JWhitt on 8/17/2016

Great kayak for a beginner. It feels very stable in the water and tracks well. This model has been around a while but still a great choice for recreational use in lakes and rivers and protected salt water areas which living in Florida is the limit of my experience so far.


Plenty of room in the cockpit…

Submitted by: kenelkins on 7/12/2016

Plenty of room in the cockpit to move around and carry a full tackle box. Crosswinds can be a little problematic for this particular boat. Without crosswind it tracks really well for what it is. Works fine in slow moving rivers too. Beginners are very comfortable with this kayak.


My wife bought me a Pungo 120…

Submitted by: spliffed on 5/4/2016
My wife bought me a Pungo 120 for my birthday and I love it. It is nice and fast for a 12 footer and super stable. I like the console that comes with it and do not think I will add a rod holder or anything because I fly fish out of it and it would just add more snag spots.

The seat is very comfortable and easy to adjust. I have spent 6 hours fishing in it and did not get any butthurt or sore legs. I have a bad back and need a little recline to sit back and stretch occasionally and it is very easy to make happen in the Pungo.

Did I mention how light it is? I was originally going to purchase a 10 footer because I wanted something under 50lbs, for them days that I want a quick paddle and don't feel like lugging my heavy s.o.t.. This fit the bill perfect weighing just under that mark.
I am very happy with my Pungo 120.


My wife Gail and I went to an…

Submitted by: dsmgold on 4/27/2016

My wife Gail and I went to an event at a local lake which allowed us to try-out many different Kayaks from several manufactures. The Best by far was the Pungo 120 from Wilderness Systems.

I am 6'4" tall and I was able to fit into it nicely. There is about 13 inches of space in cockpit area for the feet rests. I wear a size 12 shoe and I fit nicely.

I understand that this cockpit is the largest in the industry that also allows you to wear a spray skirt.

The Pungo 120 is 12 feet long and tracked very nicely in the water. I was able to make it move very swiftly and it was not effected too much by the wind like several other Kayaks I tried were. The seat is adjustable in several ways and ensured a comfortable ride.

While more pricey than basic Kayaks from a big box store, the Pungo 120 is well worth the money. When buying a Kayak, you get what you pay for.


I bought my pungo 120 this…

Submitted by: Donna107 on 4/27/2016

I bought my pungo 120 this spring. I am very impressed with it. Last year I bought a little sit on top to see if I would enjoy being out on the water. Enjoyed it so saved for this new kayak and it is 100% better than the sit on top for staying dry and the tracking is wonderful. We live in a windy area and having that easer control has been nice. The removable dash is a great feature to give you more room in front for the kids or dogs in there with you. The durability of the plastic was a key feature for me to be able to pull it out on rough shores and not worry about damage.


I have been paddling the…

Submitted by: Rico on 4/27/2016

I have been paddling the Pungo 120 by Wilderness for the past 10 years. The hull with the exception of a few deep scraps from oyster bars has held up well and allows great tracking. It handles well even in tight areas while fishing in the Gulf, lakes or rivers around Florida and other states. It easily adapts to fishing or touring due to it's stability and speed.


Great Boat, Poor Quality Control My wife and I recently purchased two Wilderness…

Submitted by: bdroster on 4/27/2016
Great Boat, Poor Quality Control

My wife and I recently purchased two Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 kayaks. After extensive research and trial we settled on the Pungo 120 because of its stability, seat comfort, ease of entry, and most of all its hull design and glide through the water. We have been very impressed with the design of the boat and love being on the water in it.

However I was very disappointed that both boats had manufacturers defects showing a real lack of quality control by Wilderness systems. Boat #1 had a significantly displaced bulkhead with gaping gaps, The dry well hatch is torqued and does not close or seal properly. Boat #2 the combing is deformed towards the bow which prevents the console from properly fitting such that any bump from a knee etc... it will pop off. This boat too the bulkhead needed some added sealant.

Our retailer was very good in that for Boat #1 they discounted it immediately and then for Boat #2 they gave us a discount after we realized the console would not stay on due to the warped combing (which by the way does not appear to want to go back to normal after being in the sun with a brace in place to help it along).

Overall I highly recommend the boat and do not regret our purchase, just make sure you inspect it carefully before you walk away. Better to catch any problems before you leave the retailer. Come on Wilderness get your quality control in order, your a big brand and a major player I expect better. Recently I looked at an Old Town Loon 120 which has a similar hull design, better hatch covers, and a console that secures well to the combing, plus the one I looked at seemed to all work as it should. Look out Wilderness you can't live by brand name alone for too long, the competition is going to catch up or pass you by if you keep delivering defective products.


We bought 2 Pungo 120's last…

Submitted by: paddler236671 on 3/18/2016

We bought 2 Pungo 120's last spring from REI, they were very good to work with. I did a lot of research before buying. I decided on the Pungo 120 because they are one of the most stable Kayaks in the world! We have tried to tip them over and they are very hard to tip over. You literally have to tip them until the cockpit reaches the water line. If you can tip it that far.

They are great in windy conditions, they take waves very well. They track very good. They may be a bit slower than other kayaks, but speed is really not the issue when you are out on the lake just cruse'n around!

I tried a Perception kayak and it felt very unstable. I felt like I was going to tip over if I moved the wrong way. I asked the guy about it and he said the were build for speed. Not sure way stability needs to be sacrificed for speed?

I have looked at all the Wilderness System Kayaks and they have a full range to choose from, but I think one of their biggest strengths is their stability in each and every model they make. I would get another Pungo, maybe the 140 or a sit on top model. We love them!


After a year or so of…

Submitted by: Nfabes22 on 10/15/2015

After a year or so of research on recreational kayaks, it came down between the Pungo 120 or Current Designs Solara 120. Ended up getting the Pungo due to a package deal and sale that I couldn't refuse. When it arrived, I unpackaged and looked it over carefully. The plastic seemed pitted pretty bad. This is a process in the molding. The "dry hatches" seemed to leak a little bit, but not enough to freak out about. The seating system is good. The one thing is the back rest strap system should be ratcheted. It keeps coming undone slowing over time. No big deal though. It's a little bit slower of a kayak but works. Also is the industry standard for first time buyers or in some cases repeat.

Overall, a good kayak, but look for the late fall, early spring deals. It's not worth the brand name retail price. For the $875 price, it should at least have a set of bungee paddle holders.


Purchased the Pungo this…

Submitted by: harryn1 on 10/13/2015

Purchased the Pungo this spring, used it a dozen times, really pleased with it. I am a senior and find it easy to lift and to get in and out of.


After diligent research,…

Submitted by: kansaskayaking on 10/8/2015

After diligent research, including here, I started kayaking at 67 on Sep. 5, 2015 and purchased the Pungo 120 on the 7th. In four weeks have been on 20 outings and more than 75 miles. On Kansas lakes, have experienced 30 mph winds and 3' waves on two occasions without difficulty. My average speed cruising is 4 mph and have achieved 7.4 (faster downwind in 30 mph winds)

The 120 loves going into the wind and waves and rides well with waves and wind to stern or broadside. Great boat for me. Will get a 140 in the spring. It will accommodate my disability and size from military service a little better. Will keep the 120 for my aerobic and anaerobic workouts. Have lost 20 pounds and BP is fantastic.


This year I bought 2 mango…

Submitted by: Txkayakgrl on 9/21/2015
This year I bought 2 mango coloured sit in Pungo 120's. Made of the polyethylene material. New to the Kayaking scene I did a lot of research on which kayak would suit my needs as well as my daughter's.
Used last weekend for our first official kayaking rally and LOVED it!! The stability of the boat plus it tracks really well in turn makes for easy paddling for newbies to the scene. I do have some lower back/spine issues and the seat was awesome even after 5 hours. Highly recommend this boat!!

I have had my two Pungo 12's…

Submitted by: paddler236231 on 9/21/2015

I have had my two Pungo 12's for just over a year now. We use them mostly for river paddling and absolutely love them. The sales folks recommended the shorter one (instead of the 14') for river use and it "fits" river use perfectly.


Donna got a Pongo 120 a…

Submitted by: mes1mes on 9/9/2015
Donna got a Pongo 120 a number of months ago and now paddles rings around me. She LOVES it. It tracks straight. She says it paddles super-easy, and that from a mature woman who, admittedly, does not have a great deal of strength in her arms. She could not be happier - and - I am looking into the Pongo 120 Angler kayak now!

Love my Wilderness systems…

Submitted by: Cynthia on 9/5/2015
Love my Wilderness systems Pungo 120 but all the kayak manufacturers need to add a very important feature on some of your kayaks and that's a side/handle bar on each side of the cockpit or even on the front for those of us who have osteoarthritis in our hips. I find getting in and out the challenge because of how difficult it is to bend my knees/hips as i lower and raise myself into/out of the kayak and having a handle bar on either side would help tremendously esp. in getting out and a bar on the front for getting out?? just a suggestion as there are many people with osteoarthritis that want to kayak but have great difficulty getting in and out. Once I'm in the seat (which another suggestion) plastic screws that aid in seat tilt get stripped after the 3rd or 4th seating. Just saying!!! I've finally put a pillow behind and a wedge under, so my seat tilts but I shouldn't have to have done that!!!

But as far as handling and ease of movement the wilderness Pungos are great!!! I own a small kayak rental business (Lake Isle Kayaking Adventures) in Central Alberta on Lake Isle, and by far the most favorite kayak is your Wilderness Pungo!!


My old Pungo 120 has served…

Submitted by: bgizmo48 on 9/3/2015

My old Pungo 120 has served me GREAT! It's taken me through rough water, calm water, and into places with almost NO water depth. It's light as a feather and stable. A tough little boat that has been a good friend. It did develop a crack where the seat bolts to the cowling. I put an aluminum plate with through bolts in a couple of years ago... no problems. In rough water, it will take on water if a spray skirt isn't used. I've flipped it intentionally and was able to get in, paddle to shore, with the hull still filled with water. Great, safe, little boat that can take normal abuse.


The Pungo is a stable…

Submitted by: dai17013 on 8/27/2015
The Pungo is a stable recreational kayak suitable for all flat water paddling and slow flowing rivers. While it is stable, it is reasonably fast, and tracks well. I haven't fished from mine, yet, but am currently in the process of outfitting it for fishing. An overall good choice for the recreational paddler.

After 3 years of research and…

Submitted by: paddler236461 on 8/26/2015

After 3 years of research and evaluation of multiple kayaks, and after a lot of deliberation I purchased this Wilderness Systems Pungo (as well s 3 other Kayaks for my family and will review those as well). I am very happy with this kayak! I have now used this boat in the Great Lakes, 30 mile passages, Kokosing River Water Trail, Mohican River Water Trail, many many local rivers, including Class I-III rapids. I've paddled approximately, 800 miles with this boat (tracked with a GPS and log).

I've waited to write an evaluation until I could give a real testament after I used it well. I had many questions when I began looking and searching for a kayak. Money does not grow on trees, so I had to make every penny count. I hope this helps whomever is looking at the Pungo series.

Tracking: Tracks like an arrow. The displacement hull and design lend to a very well behaved and predictable tracking boat. Even with poor paddling technique the boat will go where you tell it to go. The hull shape provide incredible efficiency.

Stability: Stable. Very stable. Again, the hull design of this boat is all about stability and efficiency. Even while edging the platform is solid and stable. Being touted as one of the "most stable kayaks" in the industry, I was reluctant to buy into the hype, until I tried it. The well managed and relatively soft primary chines give this boat excellent handling characteristics that beginner and novice paddlers will like and stability that is exceptional! The low gunwale and steep angling to the deck offer a rather wide boat, but the step angle does not effect a low-angle paddling technique or a high-angle paddling.

Cockpit and keyhole: As a reference; I am 6'4 and weigh 256 lbs. The seat on this kayak is the best I've sat on in any recreational kayak. It;s adjustability is nice and the material that it is made of allows water to quickly drain so you are not sitting in water constantly (like on my Dagger Zydeco). The seat is far better than that on my $1,200 kayak! Adjusting the seat can be done very easily while you are sitting in the boat, which is great! However, if you have the seat-back in its highest position, it can make self-rescues (ladder rescues) from the rear a bit difficult. I would recommend lowering the seat back (which is very easy) prior to beginning your climbing.

The keyhole is enormous and makes get in and out a breeze. With the Cockpit Console it feels much smaller. The watertight compartments are well within reach and easy accessible while sitting in the cockpit. A GPS, 32 oz Nalgene water bottle, or a smaller water bottle fit perfectly. Footpegs / braces are easily adjustable and offer many positions and are sized well. Not too big to get in the way if you want to stretch out. Because the cockpit keyhole is so large you can take on a lot of water if you are in a heavy sea (such as in the Great Lakes, where I paddle frequently. But this can be overcome with good technique).

Rear "watertight" compartment. This is where I had to decrease my overall evaluation number from a 10 to a 9. The material of the bulkhead and / or the sealing adhesive separated at the hull and permits water to enter this stowable area. Not that big of a deal really, but, defeats the purpose of having a watertight area. I have noticed that on my boat I have less sealant applied than on my other Wilderness Systems boats. Just an observation.

Deck rigging is nice. Typical of most recreational kayaks. Not a lot. Not too little. No paddle park or paddle holder. I have only added a Navisafe 3-color Navigation light for nighttime excursions (which I HIGHLY recommend!). It fit perfectly onto the forward area of the deck where the WS logo sticker is. I simply removed it and attached it with the hardware. It was money well spent for Nav Lights that are simple, work well and ease to use.

If I had it to do all over again... I would totally do it again! I love this kayak. It is well behaved, stable, comfortable and efficient. bIt would be VERY difficult to find a boat like this at its price point of $875.

Other gear: NRS Clearwater PFD, Navisafe tri-color navigation Light, Bending Branches Whisper 240 Paddle.

Shout Out to The Outdoor Source in Upper Arlington, Ohio. The staff (and owner) were extremely knowledgable, helpful, and friendly with superior service. If you are in Central Ohio or North Central Ohio... do yourself a favor and go there!


We were on vacation,and were…

Submitted by: bl83 on 8/25/2015
We were on vacation,and were lucky enough to have the use of 2. It tracks nicely, was pretty stable, but it was a little hard to get in and out of. Over all a nice kayak though.

I recently purchased a new WS…

Submitted by: podpaddler on 8/25/2015

I recently purchased a new WS Pungo 120 from LL Bean to add to our fleet...which consists of 5 more Wilderness System kayaks. On our way home we stopped for gas and immediately noticed that the Pungo was oil canning (denting) in the sun. (Yes, it was a hot day, but I'm in New England, not New Mexico!) After examining the kayak more closely we realized how thin the plastic was, no comparison to our others. So we turned around and returned it! LL Bean was wonderful about the return, just guessing that maybe the company is just trying to lighten their kayaks?!? Personally, I'll manage the extra few pounds in exchange for a tougher, more ridged boat that tracks well!


My Pungo 120 is my first…

Submitted by: Slavy77 on 8/24/2015

My Pungo 120 is my first kayak and I really like it a lot. Currently I'm mostly in lakes in Nebraska, but it handles well. Its easy to control and the light weight body is easy to handle out of the water by myself. Its comfortable and easy to spend time in it. The only thing is its not a real fast kayak, but for a recreation kayak its perfect and worth the cost.


I received my Wilderness…

Submitted by: Cynthia on 8/4/2015

I received my Wilderness systems Pungo 120 as a birthday present and i love it. Its got a huge cockpit to fit both me and my dog, and still lots of leg room. It tracks well, esp in bigger waves, and has a comfortable seat. Mt only complaint is that as a lady who has Osteoarthritis in most of her body adding 2 handles (kind of like small towel bars) on the cockpit would make getting in and out a lot easier as it is, there's barely enough to grab a hold of to pull myself up into a standing position!! (which is the only way I can get in or out??) But the easability of handling the kayak out on the lake is top notch!!


Absolutely love my Pungo 120…

Submitted by: Hoppe4 on 7/31/2015
Absolutely love my Pungo 120 made by Wilderness Systems. It's a wider, very sturdy kayak. The cockpit is large and allows a lot of freedom for your legs. My son sat in front of me from age 2-8, there was plenty of room for him and never interfered with my paddling.

I've taken this kayak on overnight kayak trips and I've been able to pack all my overnight gear I've needed. The carrying handles and seat are in great condition still after eight years. It's smooth and quick on the water.

I'm giving this kayak a 9 out of 10.....and not 10 out of 10, only because it is heavier and......well I can't lift it on top of my vehicle by myself, but maybe I need to start lifting some weights. If you're looking for a sturdy, strong kayak that would be great from small lakes, to big lakes, to ocean kayaking, to overnight trips.....this is the kayak for you!


First, I'm rating this kayak…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/29/2015

First, I'm rating this kayak as a purely recreational boat and not in the broader spectrum of all kayaks. If short distance outings on calm water are all you're looking for then this is a great kayak. The highly touted Phase 3 Seating System is as good as advertised. The seat is cool, supportive, and very adjustable.

The kayak in general is very comfortable. The ridiculously large cockpit gives ample room to not only get in and out, but also to move around while paddling. The cockpit is also large enough to carry some gear, a child, or even a dog. The rear hatch compartment has even more storage space that stays dry. I never had a problem with leakage, but then again, the stern deck is very high and you would not be out in any waves here. The orbital hatch levers are easy to use.

The Pungo tracks very straight and is relatively fast for its class of kayak. You can manage some slight edging to aid in turning but the Pungo is built to stay upright. For safeties sake I would recommend a flotation bag in the bow. I was caught off guard when a wind storm suddenly kicked up on a large lake and the Pungo is not made for these conditions. Water broke over the bow and into the cockpit. I was never in real trouble but I could see how easy you could get there if in any worse conditions. I sold my Pungo after a few outings because I could see that I wanted to do more than the Pungo was capable of.

If you want to develop your skills as a paddler and go on trips over 10 miles, then the Pungo is not for you. As I said in the beginning, it is a recreational kayak.


My first fishing kayak. Great…

Submitted by: kenelkins on 7/27/2015

My first fishing kayak. Great boat, very stable. It has easy access for getting in and out with a large opening, and a skirt is available for it as well. Wish the thief that took it from my truck had just walked on by. Most everyone who paddled it, liked it. It is good for all skill levels. Rotomold plastic was tough and durable.


I love my Pungo 120. It…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/24/2015

I love my Pungo 120. It tracks easy and is very steady . Nice large cockpit and a very comfortable adjustable seat. It has a dashboard with cup holders and a mesh bag with a velcro close tab and a dry well. I recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a great recreational kayak.


I have had two Wilderness…

Submitted by: vtgardener on 7/15/2015

I have had two Wilderness Pungo 120's and they are the most stable kayak on the market. If you're fearful of or not comfortable on the water, this is the kayak for you. The cockpit is huge so there's no chance of getting trapped in it if you were to tip over, which is highly unlikely in this 12 ft. boat.


After reviewing many kayaks…

Submitted by: paddler236336 on 7/8/2015
After reviewing many kayaks from several different manufacturers it became clear that Widerness Systems had the best seats in their kayaks. My wife, who is afraid of the water, took the Pungo 120 for a test ride at an L.L. Bean Discovery Class and loved it so much we bought one. It has a stable ride, comfortable seat and tracks well. If not for the Pungo my wife would not go near the water!

My husband purchased 2…

Submitted by: tmertens on 7/2/2015

My husband purchased 2 kayaks, a new one for me and a used one for our kids. We had kayaked last summer using a much shorter kayak which was harder to maneuver.

The first time trying out the Pungo 120 I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was to maneuver. It moved through the water quickly and stayed on the straight and narrow. It turns with ease. My 6 and 8 year old had no problems paddling their kayak once they got used to it.

It does not seem tippy. They are easy to get in and out of. The cockpit is is roomy. The seat is adjustable and very comfortable. We were kayaking for several hours and was comfortable the whole time. There seems to be sufficient storage although our trips do not require us to carry much. I would like to do more fishing so I would like to get an attachment to place my pole. The kayaks are fairly lightweight. They have handles at both ends that allows my children to help me carry them. We plan to use them mostly on small quiet lakes and are quite content with these kayaks.


I've had the Pungo 120 for a…

Submitted by: dwessl on 7/2/2015

I've had the Pungo 120 for a few years now and enjoy it tremendously! I have a lake just a block away and feel very comfortable to go out in the boat alone, however, my husband drops me off and knows where I will be. My course is close to the edge and I don't go out towards the middle where the "big boys" are. There is no difficulty in keeping up with other paddlers and when there are waves I don't fear of tipping as it is pretty stable. There is plenty of room for whatever I want to bring along.


I have two Pungos. I have had a Pungo 140 for…

Submitted by: NormSamuelson on 7/2/2015

I have two Pungos. I have had a Pungo 140 for ten years and a year later I bought the Pungo 120. I love both boats. They are fantastic for paddling in lakes. Extremely stable, easy to get in and out of with the big cockpit, but best of all they have the most comfortable seat of any kayak I have ever tried.


I kayak in local lakes, so…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/1/2015

I kayak in local lakes, so before I bought my own boat, I tried out a lot of different brands and models. A lot of people seem to like this boat, because I see a lot of them around, but while I like the length, the Pungo series simply didn't do much for me. I liked the Tsunamis much more, but then, that's really comparing apples and oranges, since the Pungo is more of a recreational model, whereas the Tsunami is more of a touring model.

If this type of kayak is what you like, then you'll probably be very happy with it, but I preferred the touring models


I have owned my kayak for two…

Submitted by: layton on 7/1/2015

I have owned my kayak for two years, and have been very happy with it's performance. I am over sixty, and when kayaking with a group, I am way ahead, which speaks to the ease of handling. It really glides through the water, turns easily, very responsive.

I bought this size kayak to accommodate other larger, taller users. To my delight, even the younger 10 year olds are able to have fun with this yak! It is too heavy for me to portage by myself. Luckily there is usually some around to help. I highly recommend this model if you need to accommodate many differing size humans, And by the way, the cockpit is large enough to bring a medium sized dog or younger child in front of you!


I picked up the…

Submitted by: fuzzysoul on 6/25/2015

I picked up the next-to-latest version of this boat used last month for $450, paddle and vest included. It still has the rubber hatch and the older, less plush version of the Phase 3 seat. I'm going to sell it, but not because it's a bad boat.

It's a fantastic rec boat for big guys. Wildy really has an interesting design here. This is the only boat I've seen that combines both extreme stability and decent speed. The Pungo has a long waterline and a bulbous cockpit. Nearly impossible to flip, but it still goes like a rocket in smooth water. This is a great boat for lazy, stagnant summer days on smooth lakes and streams.

As with any hull design, there are tradeoffs. Here, the tradeoff is that the Pungo can't turn very well, and it turns into a helpless windvane/cork when chop kicks up. It also has a strange wake action that will cause it to lurch away from the shore if you get too close at cruising speed.

I'm selling the boat, because it doesn't work well as a kid-carrying boat. The hull is not flat enough, and there is very little room under the combing to fit my muscular thighs. It might work better for an older, taller kid, but not my 2yo.


It's not news that this is a…

Submitted by: catkayak on 6/16/2015

It's not news that this is a fantastic rec boat. Some reviews have mentioned sharp edges under the accessory console which can cause irritating thigh scrapes. An easy and effective fix for this problem is to apply U-shaped edge trim available at auto accessory stores to the sharp edge under the console. I used Cowles Truck/SUV Edge Trim #S37203 for the job- five minutes to install, a custom fit, and (most important) no more scrapes.


I retired in 2012 so we…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/9/2015

I retired in 2012 so we decided to purchase 2 kayaks after renting, borrowing, etc. The staff at the EMS local store and friends in the AMC voted for the Wilderness Pungo 12. We have been very pleased with these boats; extremely stable, track very well, nice features including the dashboard (sometimes we don't bother with it on short paddles) and the rear hatch. This is definitely the best recreational kayak made. At AMC paddling nights almost everyone has this boat.


I got hooked on kayaking when…

Submitted by: paddler236029 on 10/10/2014

I got hooked on kayaking when a friend took a few of us out in her Aquaterra boats in 2000. One of those friends then went out and bought a Pungo 100. I borrowed that for 2 yrs, and had to have my own, so in 2006 I finally bought (my first...) 120!

In 2009, I started a kayak rental & excursion business. I bought several boats on Craiglist in a variety of brands. I have always been 'sold' on the stability and comfort of the Pungo, so in the past 2 yrs. I have liquidated my 'other brand' kayaks, and now have only Wilderness boats - Pungo's alone are 2 140's - 2 100's - and 4 120's!!! Unfortunately, because my customers are so comfortable with my kayaks... they go out and buy their OWN Pungo's!! Now, if only I could get a commission...... (or demo's for my rentals???)


I bought this kayak as an…

Submitted by: paddler230487 on 10/3/2014

I bought this kayak as an upgrade from another that I had bought at a big box store. After a lot of research online, this one seemed like the one to go with. I almost went with a Pungo 140, but that would have been a bit too big for paddling lakes and slow rivers like I do.

This is a great kayak for larger paddlers (I'm 6' with a large frame). I never have issues with getting in or out, and have plenty of room to move around. The boat rides well for my size. The website for Wilderness Systems says this boat will hold up to 325 lbs. I'd say if you get past 275 lbs, you are pushing it though. Beyond that, it will ride low and maybe be harder to control.

Plenty of storage for a day out. You could stuff a dry bag in the bow, have even more storage there. I think it would handle gear for an overnight trip if you were a minimalist.

The boat rides well on flat water, and in a little bit of chop. It's noticably slower to turn then my old 10' kayak, but it's not too bad.

I have a couple of minor issues with this boat.

  1. The dry storage in the console isn't completely dry. I use small dry bags with the dry storage hatch, sometimes I notice some drops of water on them. I tossed the console into the lake one time, and saw about a quarter cup of water in the hatch when I opened it. The rear dry hatch seems water tight, but my wife the other day said she noticed some water in the stern dry area. Either got in around the hatch, or at the stern dry wall. I am going to re-seal the dry wall, maybe that will help.
  2. The console is great for storage and some sun protection. It's not a replacement for a skirt though, even a half skirt. The holes allow water to drip on your legs, which could be irritating. As well, there are some sharper edges on the console that I've lost some skin on.

Overall a great boat, only minor complaints.


After using an Sea Eagle 2…

Submitted by: paddler236013 on 9/23/2014

After using an Sea Eagle 2 person inflatable kayak solo, I realized I needed another kayak, either a solo inflatable or hard shell. After testing a friends Wilderness Pungo 120 I was sold!

As a fifty-six year old female, I appreciate the wider cockpit and console features. Nice to have a thermos of coffee within reach, or a waterbottle on a hot day. As I watch others struggle to enter their kayak, I climb in easily and never feel unstable as long as I watch my foot placement. The Pungo 120 moves through the water straight and is a joy to paddle! I'm totally happy with my purchase and see this kayak lasting me many years.


I love my Pungo 120. It…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/6/2014

I love my Pungo 120. It tracks well n the water and is very comfortable. I love the added console where I can have my camera, sunglasses, water bottle within arms reach.


After dipping my toe in to…

Submitted by: paddler235955 on 9/6/2014
After dipping my toe in to the internet white water of kayak information I selected the Wilderness System Pungo 120. I've traversed the New Mexico side of the Rio Grande and the Gila rivers in a Zoisk inflatable which is great for the low water levels in NM, but not for flat water. On blind trust I drove 273 miles to the closest dealer. I sat in the Pungo on the show floor and knew, it felt right. Price was an issue but quality is an absolute must for me. I'm a big man and I break things. My break in period at the lake was great nothing broke!

The Pungo is a well balanced boat it likes to be in the water. There's ample leg room, the foot braces adjust easily and comfortable thigh padding. Wilderness Systems uses the AirPro phase 3 seating system in their line of kayaks. This seat is very comfortable and supports my lower back which is outstanding. There's several adjustments you can make on the seat to get that just right feeling. All adjustments can be done while on the water, straps and handles are right at your reach which works for me as I tend to have lengthy treks. The Pungo tracks true at cruising speed and my "ramming speed" while in my exercise mode.

While practicing self rescues without a skirt, I don't have one yet, the Pungo will dump you right out when capsizing. Exiting under water is no issue. I've climbed on top of the inverted boat without a hitch. Mimicking the sea touring kayaks I've also performed the remounting by sliding up the rear of the boat and entering the cockpit. The only hitch there was my PFD clips snagged the rear hatch cover and latches but with adjusted technique was over come. The hatches were water tight considering my occasional flailing over it. The console attachment is nice to carry things and it's shade on my legs is always a blessing in the desert sun.

The bottom line is the Pungo will handle the water well and comfortably. I've put the Pungo through some rough testing and she took it with a hitch. The Pungo is not a Ferrari nor is it a toy, she's a good kayak. Very satisfied. As a reviewer, nothing gets a ten except my wife.


We were looking for a family…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/4/2014

We were looking for a family activity and after all the research was done the Pungo line from Wilderness Systems seemed to be the winner. Couldn't be happier (good thing as we bought 4) Quality is excellent.

As a beginner I don't have much to compare to, other than research and experienced friends' opinions but as far as my opinion they are easy to use seem stable enough (I'm a big guy so my center of gravity sits a little higher than the rest) nice features to keep newbie comfortable. I particularly like the seating system as it is adjustable not only can you make it fit you, but during a longer outing you can change it to stay comfortable. The orbix hatch lid is a nice feature, easy to access and easy to close.

My only regret is, being bigger I wish my sales person had steered me to the 140 instead of the 120, the 120 handles me just fine but as it sits a little low in the water its tough keeping up with my wife some days...


I researched kayaks online…

Submitted by: paddler235912 on 9/3/2014

I researched kayaks online for a couple of years and tested some in the water. My husband and I went with the Wilderness brand. The Pungo was in our price range, they track extremely well and the seats are so comfortable. This is a great intermediate kayak for mild rivers and lakes. We are so pleased with our purchase.


The boat is surprisingly more…

Submitted by: xpresidentslick on 9/2/2014

The boat is surprisingly more stable than anticipated, tracks well, and turns with little effort. My boat has the optional console which is very functional for holding small objects, gear, bottles, etc. If they could drop 7 to 10 pounds weight, rating would be a 10.


I've had the Pungo 12 for…

Submitted by: paddler235889 on 8/27/2014

I've had the Pungo 12 for over 15yrs and it has received hard use. Duck hunting in mud marshes, striper fishing in the bay wk end float and camps. Phase 3 seat has never broke, just had to replace the lining where my boney ass wore it out. Now looking to buy a Pungo 10 for my grandkids. My Pungo was $329 still in the clear plastic bag... Also bought 2 Wilderness Systems Bandits at the same time. I'm big on eye catching lines and these have 'em. I give these recreational type yaks from Wilderness 10 across the board.


Very high initial stability due to the hard chines. Over-sized cockpit…

Submitted by: Jclambert1 on 8/23/2014

Very high initial stability due to the hard chines. Over-sized cockpit and adjustable foot braces allow almost anyone to paddle this kayak. Smaller paddlers will even find enough room for fido (so long as he's not a Great Dane)


Very comfortable. I am tall and it is important to have…

Submitted by: paddler235880 on 8/23/2014

Very comfortable. I am tall and it is important to have a kayak that I can fit in. This gives me plenty of leg room. The Pungo 120 does the job and was within my budget.


I now own two of these…

Submitted by: paddler235866 on 8/21/2014

I now own two of these (bought one for my wife too) and have spent a significant amount of time in both. One is set up for fishing and the other is stock (right off the shelf). I am 5'8" and the kayak is very comfortable and stable. I have spent a lot of time on lakes fishing. Fishing is the reason it did not get a 10. Do to the limit on space and ease of being able to access the rear storage area. I did the South Dakota Kayak Challenge in my stock one. 72 miles on the Missouri river in a 12 foot kayak is not recommended, but I finished. I was one of the few that finished in a recreational kayak. I love this kayak and think it is a great starter kayak for anyone because of ease of paddling and stability.


I purchased the Pungo 120…

Submitted by: teemstah on 8/13/2014
I purchased the Pungo 120 during LL Bean's boat sale. I had originally planned on buying the Bean Manatee 12 but store stock was all sold. I spent a little more on the Pungo but the features make up for it. The Phase 3 AirPro Seating System is by far one of the most comfortable seats available. Fully adjustable with ventilated padding, it makes any length trip a pleasure. The hinged rear hatch is also a great feature, easy to operate and no chance of losing the cover. Stability and tracking are also superb, and the large cockpit opening allows cramp-free movement. I am actually saving up for another one for my wife. Highly recommended...

My wife and I purchased the…

Submitted by: paddler235825 on 8/10/2014
My wife and I purchased the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 kayaks about one year ago. These are very versatile boats as they handle well in rivers and open water. We were especially sold on the ease of getting in and out of the cockpit. There is a removable console that opens the cockpit up even further when needed. I am 6' 7" and still fit easily into the Pungo 120. The console has great storage both open and sealed for keys, a phone, etc. There is also a large dry storage area behind the bulkhead of the boat. These kayaks weigh around 50 lbs. and are easy to carry and transport in the back of a pickup or on top of a minivan or SUV. Overall, these are great recreational kayaks and I highly recommend them!

I have owned my Pungo 120 for 4 years. This is…

Submitted by: paddler235817 on 8/6/2014

I have owned my Pungo 120 for 4 years. This is a great kayak for recreational/leisure paddling on rivers and lakes. It does awesome on faster flowing rivers with rapids no greater than category II, and it tracks very well.

The Pungo 120 has plentiful storage in the back compartment, tons of leg room and I love the removable console. Removing the console, allows me to take my two smaller dogs with me. This kayak is also very manageable for me to lift into the J-cradles on my car. I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone who is looking for a great recreational paddle. I have absolutely gotten what I paid for, and more!


I do like this Pungo I bought from LL Bean. I…

Submitted by: paddler235732 on 7/9/2014

I do like this Pungo I bought from LL Bean. I use it for river and lakes, provide there are no rapids greater than II. The cockpit is roomy, foot pegs are easy to adjust while you are in it, its also really easy to open and close back hatch while you are in it. The Pungo tracks well too.
If you plan on padding through any rapids greater than II, this is not the right kayak for that as water will dump into the cockpit. It's also a little heavier than I would like, but it could be the extra material needed to seal off the back hold.


Great all around kayak we…

Submitted by: DaveDeters on 7/7/2014

Great all around kayak we have had our boats for two years now and love them. They track well on lakes and maneuver well on rivers. The Pungo is a great recreational kayak. Simply put the price is right for the quality you get with this one.


The Pungo 120 is a great boat…

Submitted by: chrislawler on 7/3/2014

The Pungo 120 is a great boat over all but does a couple flaws. The dash board has very sharp edges and if you get in rough water you will slice your shins wide open. Bleeding on the river is never fun. Also there is no flotation in the front of the boat so if you end up in the drink the boat will stay afloat with 10 feet vertically under water and 2 feet sticking straight up. Needless to say you can not drag this sunk boat anywhere yourself. I called the company and they told me I would need to buy an airbag to stick up there. I just thought it was awesome they knew about this issue and are still selling the boat for $869.00. So I ended up spending another $50.00 big ones to make the boat safe.


I've had my Wilderness Pungo…

Submitted by: Steveuglinica on 7/3/2014

I've had my Wilderness Pungo 120 for two years. I use it almost everyday giving kayak tours several times a week at a state park in Florida., including a monthly moonlight tour. The park has several other bands of kayaks which I have access to but my Pungo 120 is my preferred choice. It's stable, has a large cockpit, tracks well and has very comfortable adjustable seating.


I am 70 - soon to be 71 - AND overweight,aren't the…

Submitted by: charlesrowan on 7/3/2014

I am 70 - soon to be 71 - AND overweight,
aren't the properties to take out in a kayak, but my wife and I bought Pungo 100s, which lead to a Pungo 120 for me. So easy to get into - and out of - with it's large cockpit, adjustable seat and foot pegs, it's a "no brainer" for larger (and older) paddlers like myself!

Thank you Wilderness Systems!


The Pungo 120 is a great rec hybrid. Kayak. It…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/3/2014

The Pungo 120 is a great rec hybrid. Kayak. It is a solid platform with great stability, tracks surprisingly well and handles great. It is a winner for a kayak that will handle flat as well as fast, tricky water (Class III ). The seating system I believe is the best available with an ample cockpit. The only negative item is that the rear hatch is not fully waterproof, but is only a minor note. This kayak will meet most needs except long distance touring or very technical whitewater.


Duralite Pungo 120. Super…

Submitted by: ddhdesign on 7/2/2014
Duralite Pungo 120. Super boat! Love the lighter weight and durability of this boat. I understand they do not use this material for boats anymore, not sure why. Fun to paddle and tracks well. Right size for someone my size 5'5" and 145 lbs. I can load to car top myself if I have to. Not as stiff as the newer Ultralight material, but I think a more durable boat. I paddle the Susquehanna in northeastern PA.

I am a first time kayaker, so…

Submitted by: fairsmith on 7/2/2014
I am a first time kayaker, so this is my first kayak. I really like the larger opening for the cockpit because I don't feel restricted. The kayak has excellent balance and at no time do I ever feel like I'm going to tip. It lightly skims across the water with much less effort than it takes to paddle a canoe. Although I have yet to use it, there is a console for holding a few things including a beverage. I love my kayak!

Very stable kayak! As a larger paddler (230 lbs), the large…

Submitted by: nyalaskan on 7/2/2014

Very stable kayak! As a larger paddler (230 lbs), the large cockpit is nice and has enough room for me to paddle with my 3 year old sitting in front of me. Tracks pretty well and is quite maneuverable. The seat is also very comfortable. I would highly recommend for a beginner kayaker like myself.