I LOVE this kayak! I paddle in Wisconsin on Lakes, Bays, and anything else wet I can find! It's safe (I've been in some fairly rough bay of Green Bay conditions), tracks well ( I have a rudder), and is an absolute joy to paddle. Can't say enough good about this kayak although I wish it had an optional deck for drinks and phone. Great ride!
I moved from Upstate NY back to PA and needed a smaller boat as I was not going to be using it on the Hudson River or coastal waters so my 17' seemed like overkill. I looked at many. I settled on this boat because when I get in I truly do become one with it. It sits low on the water, which I love. It glides across the water so easily. There is no need for a rudder because it tracks so well. As an older woman and have no problem lifting it up and sliding it across my car roof racks. There are enough compartments to fill my needs. The large one I store my Molly (wheels) and in the one behind me, my small cooler. The front one I keep a blanket should I want to get out and sit. I can do a 4-hour paddle without getting out and still feel quite comfortable with no cramping or stiffness. I had one boat that pressed on a nerve at my thighs, not with this one. I love it!!
I bought this kayak after going to an annual Demo Day in Farmville, VA. It was a great way to try out different kayaks! I am very happy with it! It is lightweight, stable, yet not as bulky as the wider kayaks. Previously I had a Wilderness Pungo. It is built for a small framed person. I have had it out on numerous rivers and am very happy with how it handles! Tracks great!
I got my tsunami last year and have been 100% satisfied with it. I'm about 5'10" and 125 lb and I find the boat easy to get in and out of, and to paddle. It tracks well without a rudder. The narrower cockpit is ideal for smaller people but there is still plenty of leg room. For shorter people or kids, my 5foot 10 year old moved the footrests up and was easily able to paddle it himself. My only minor complaint is that it doesn't have the paddle holding loop like my husband's 145.
I love my Tsunami 135! I am 5'6" and weigh 120# and it fits me great!
I may be out 2 to 3 times a week paddling.
My only complaint is, there are times I feel I don't have enough foot room, but that only seems to be on longer paddles... And I do wish there was a small hatch in front of the cockpit, instead of behind the seat.
But overall, I love it! It is not cumbersome like some of the wider kayaks I have tried.
Our Tsunami 135 is roto poly without rudder (and in the only nice color -- red). My wife is 5'2" & 95 lbs, and I'm 5'10" 150 lbs, so we are on each end of the recommended body size spectrum. It fits both of us well by simply adjusting the thigh pads and foot rests -- a <5 minute adjustment. Stability is exceptional because of the hull design, low cockpit height, and the fact it sits so low in the water (which also looks great, especially because it is red). Handling and maneuverability is also excellent; a rudder is unnecessary except on a large body of water in high wind. Weight is a fairly low at 48 lbs -- add 3 lbs for a rudder or subtract 3 lbs for fiberglass, which we appreciate when it's out of the water. The cost (Canadian dollars) was very reasonable for such a well-designed/well-engineered/good-looking (did I mention that it's red?) kayak.
I am thrilled with my tsunami 135.
I chose this after trying out a half dozen kayaks during demos. I am 5' 2 " and find the weight and width ideal. I thoroughly enjoy on Lake Erie shore lines, bays and nearby rivers. It is my foundation for a new hobby that I hope to learn more about. Very happy with this purchase!
The Tsunami longs to go straight. Turning is difficult even on edge. We do not have the optional rudder installed but will have soon. In a current or stiff wind I have to give her a bow to stern rudder assist to keep her coarse.
This is not a fast boat even in the 14' class. I paddled it myself, and compared to my Dagger Alchemy 14OL it is slow. I am 5'8" and 158Lb and it is a tight fit for me. I would say the perfect size paddler for this boat would be in the 100- 150 range and no taller than 5'5".
One big problem is the rigidity of the poly used in this kayak. Even a few hours strapped down in a kayak carrier causes deformation. I do not over tighten my lashings and have padded supports and still I get dents in the body.
This is a good starter kayak for a small person looking for a affordable entry level boat to learn the sport.
The only reason I gave it an 9 is because the seat has kind of a high back so self rescue is a little more challenging to get back in- but it is so stable you are not likely to tip- I played in some really large lake swells and the hull design really gives you that secondary stability preventing you from going over- great hatch space, comfy seat- this boat is a blast and I would recommend it to anyone who is small and wants a tighter fitting boat so that they can learn technique to grow in the sport- i feel safe in this boat, unlike other narrow kayaks I have been in- have been kayaking for about 3 years now-average skill level- this is a perfect boat for a beginner that wants to take the next step up to a touring boat without being intimidated and the more experienced paddler (like my boyfriend who has been paddling for years) will enjoy it too!
I've been kayaking for 12 years, and had a 17' Dagger Halifax and a 15'8 Swift Fiberglass Caspian Sea - sold them due to the fact I moved from NY (Mid Hudson Val) down to PA where we just have small lakes so I needed a shorter kayak.
The Tsunami 135 fits my needs.
I rented about 15 different boats over the last couple of years before purchasing, and as soon as tried this one out, I knew it was what I wanted! This one suits all my needs so far.
The only issues was a 2 month wait for the boat, when we were told it would be a 1 month wait, but our local shop gave us a couple of free rentals to cover for this. Also my wife's boat (a Focus) came the wrong colour...
Anyways, really enjoy paddling my Tsunami!
Demoed a rotomolded Wilderness Tsunami 135. The difference was evident with one paddle stroke. The boat took off and went straight and the glide made me smile. The Delta got returned. Since I purchased this boat, I have had the Tsunami in dead calm lake water, loaded up on a 3-day 2-night paddle in upstate NY, in turbulent and swift Ohio River water, and in choppy ocean swells off the coast of Nova Scotia. The boat is stable and glides well. It has been a good platform for my wife and I (each of us own a Tsunami 135) to learn on. Although the boat takes work to maneuver in tight spaces, I find that it does what I need to do as I learn to edge and carve my turns. The boat tracks well. It does weathervane somewhat, but only in stronger winds. I rolled the boat in active ocean water (my mistake) and found self rescue was easy without a paddle float. I was surprised, expecting some kind of epic, but the boat let me roll it up, hop on and climb in. Surmounting the seat back was the only challenge in the process.
I am in my middle 60s and can easily handle this boat, putting it on my car by myself, getting it in and out of the water, etc. The seat is comfortable and super adjustable.
I may want a longer, faster boat with more storage for some serious multi-day touring at some point, but for now this boat is simply great. I can see myself picking up some real skill before I move onto another boat... IF I move onto another boat.
My friend and I would paddle two Tsunamis upstream on the Kalamazoo Mill Race to a control dam, portage around the dam and paddle downstream back to town. The upstream portion was a serious workout but the Tsunamis blew away all the boats we paddled with for speed and handled well against the current.
Any boat is a compromise but the Tsunami 135 checks a lot of boxes.
This boat is awesome. It has given me the feeling of security I needed to really get serious about paddling. We typically paddle for 2-3 hours each time we go out and this boat is very comfortable. It is stable and more than capable of handling anything from flat water to 'active' coastal water! It instinctively cuts through waves and allows the paddler to relax and enjoy the ride. I took a couple lessons early in the season and was taught assisted rescue and self rescue. The hardest part about the lesson was actually getting my boat to flip over! For this boat, that was counter intuitive!
My husband has the WS Tempest 170 and although my boat is not built for the same speed as his is, I don't usually have any trouble keeping up... the Tsunami 135 is a real work horse and will give back whatever you put into it. While this may not be my 'forever' kayak, it certainly was THE kayak to get into the sport with. As I become a more skilled paddler, I may move up to sleeker boat - more of a true 'sea' kayak, but for now, I'm loving every minute I spend in my Tsunami 135.
Firstly, among the TSUNAMI line (described as transitional touring), the 135 had one of the narrowest hulls, which translates to better speed to some degree. The TSUNAMI 135 boat is rather hard chined, so initial stability is quite good (this helps when I use my 2.2 sq meter sail, and with climbing in and out on the water). The kayak paddles well, tracks quite well (hard to turn sometimes... DON'T BOTHER WITH THE RUDDER), and the hatches are sufficiently water tight by comparison.
Unfortunately I could call it perfect except for the following: