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  • 12' Length
  • 29" Width
  • $899 MSRP

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Some Differences

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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…

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...

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...

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.

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

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.

My wife Gail and I went to...

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...

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...

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.

We bought 2 Pungo 120's...

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...

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...

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,...

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.

I have had my two Pungo...

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.

This year I bought 2 mango...

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!!

Donna got a Pongo 120 a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Summary:
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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!

I've had the Pungo 120 for...

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…

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.

My husband purchased 2...

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 have owned my kayak for...

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 kayak in local lakes, so...

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 picked up the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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…

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…

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...

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...

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...

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…

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…

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...

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.

I've had my Wilderness...

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.

The Pungo 120 is a great...

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Duralite Pungo 120. Super...

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.

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

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.

I am a first time kayaker,...

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!

I purchased my Pungo 120 1...

I purchased my Pungo 120 1 month ago. This kayak is awesome! It glides through the water with ease and is built well. The seat is very comfortable and has many adjustments. The dashboard is great also....no sharp edges on it as someone else stated. If you are in the market for a recreational kayak and want a reliable, well built one with many features and comfort.....Pungo is the way to go!

We just purchased our 3rd...

We just purchased our 3rd Pungo 120 as a guest Kayak. When company comes to the cabin people see the kayaks and a conversation begins. Most people have zero kayak experience. Once we get them into a Pungo 120 they are pleased with the adventure they just experienced. And talk about how much they enjoyed it. Well, that presented a problem because one of us sitting out while the other played kayak guide. So a 3rd Pungo 120 joined the family. We decided to purchase the same so our guest could keep up with us and not feel like they got the cheap kayak. Or that one of us would feel like we should give up our Pungo and take the cheap kayak. So what the heck we popped for a 3rd and we are happy we did. We are also happy that we have never had a bad experience with a 1st timer that could not wait to get back to shore. We are happy with our Pungos and happy to share the experience. When our guest return kayaking is on the menu for things to do again.

I have been paddling this...

I have been paddling this boat for a few weeks and find it to be a little disappointing for the cost. The Pungo 120 has some good features; the seat is awesome, it's a good looking boat, I like the dry wells and the dashboard. That said I find that it is overrated, at 6'2" 245# the boat rides very low in the water, this boat is also not maneuverable, the edge of the dashboard is sharp so you have to be careful getting in and out if you're tall, the hull is small up front so my size 11 feet don't fit in very comfortably, NO DRAIN PLUG!!! what a disappointing oversight on the part of Wilderness. Knowing what I know now I definitely will not be purchasing another Wilderness product. I am in the market for another and will be looking elsewhere.

Jean and I had been...

Jean and I had been renting Kayaks for years. During our last trip to the Florida Keys we finally decided to buy each of us his/her own Kayak. We were in Key Largo and ordered the Pungo 120 from a local Kayak dealer who was kind enough to let us try it before we purchased. We paddled every day through the Mangrove trails and found the 120 safe and very maneuverable. I even dumped my Kayak (accidentally of course) and found it quite easy to get back inside. We live in Ocala, FL where there are any number of paddling opportunities. We have already tried the Rainbow River which was a beautiful experience.

We are older but find the Kayaks easy to handle on and off our roof mounting system which holds both boats. I would suggest trying whatever Kayak you decide on and would highly recommend the Pungo 120.

After much research,...

After much research, trying to find a replacement yak for my 12 year old Loon, which is still ok but starting to be very worn under the hull, I ended up deciding on the Pungo 120.

Picked it up yesterday, brought it home and then started playing around with the seat. One plastic rivet popped out within seconds and then I began to realize just how poorly the whole seat is made. It may look great at first and be touted as 'the best in the world', but in reality this fancy looking seat is not at all made for serious durability and practicality.

I hosed down the seat (as I do after each saltwater outing in the Loon) and also realized this seat padding won't dry quickly at all. So now the padding has been in the warm sun in my back yard for over an hour and its still wet. On the other hand, a simple seat as in the Loon, can be wiped dry within seconds. If you don't mind having a soggy bum while out yakking (if it rains for example) then ok, but if the Loon seat can be wiped dry immediately and the Pungo seat remains wet then which is really the better, more practical seat?

Not only this, some other aspects of the Pungo are poorly made and what I would expect from China, not America. So regardless of how the hull may handle in the water, this Pungo is not as well made or as practical as my old Loon. So now it seems I will still be using the Loon until it eventually disintegrates.

I have been paddling yaks for over 20 years (for fishing) and having tried many over the years, the Loon III has proven to be the most practical, comfortable and durable. Shame on the kayak designers and manufacturers of the world for coming up with fancy looking products, with all the bells & whistles, that fool the buying public into thinking that's an advantage over shear practicality. Not impressed at all.

I bought my lightly used...

I bought my lightly used Pungo from Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. I had rented them from the local outdoor store this past summer. I wanted a rec boat in the 12ft range that I can throw in the back of the truck and get to the water quickly. I live in Powell River and am close to both tidal waters and several lakes.

This boat is extremely comfortable to paddle. I think of it as a gateway kayak. I don't know whether I'll graduate to a larger sea kayak, but this boat is fun to paddle and gets me out on the water on a whim.

I always ask folks I see with Pungos whether they like them. They seem to love them. I really like mine and sure look forward to using it

I have been using a Pungo...

I have been using a Pungo 120 for the past 3 years to fish for barramundi in Far North Queensland. One hundred or so metre plus barra later, I am very pleased with its performance. In my opinion It doesn't like rough water, but that may be because I own a Ride 115 as well and you can stand in that.

This Pungo 120 is my 3rd...

This Pungo 120 is my 3rd kayak. I'm looking at this from a different perspective because I'm using a sit-in for mostly fishing. I am very happy with this boat. Admittedly, it is not good for rough water and it does not accept flush-mount rod holders easily. With that said, it has quite a bit of storage for my tackle, dry gear and beer. The seat is completely adjustable and comfortable with leg support and the Konsole is AWESOME! Dry box, cup holders and tackle storage. As I said above, it's not a good rough water boat, but the advantage to it's low profile is that I don't get blown around as much when the wind picks up. The length and weight are about as much as I want to deal with, but the hull design helps it track more like any other 14'. There are better/faster touring style kayaks and sit-on-tops are more fishing oriented, but I am convinced that this is among the best all around, multi-purpose kayaks.

My wife and I purchased...

My wife and I purchased two Pungo 120's about two months ago. While we didn't get to try various kayaks IN the water before purchase, we DID sit in quite a few on the floor to get the feel. When we sat in the Pungo 120 and experienced the adjustability of seats, that was all it took.
Our first 'cruise' was on a local lake which is generally glass smooth in the morning - not so much after noon.

We found our new 'yachts' (as we call them) to be very easy to paddle, maneuver, and generally get used to. Now we've been out about a dozen times and each time we like them more. Lots of room for taking stuff with (like binoculars, phones, radios, cameras, water, and all the other super necessary accouterments - ahem).

Our only problem (and it's not kayak brand related) is getting them up on our rooftop carriers system. The F-350 Crew Cab is way high, and we have to use step stools to ever get CLOSE to the roof - something we overlooked when we bought the system. Live and learn...

My wife and I both use the...

My wife and I both use the Pungo 120, the boat is a great recreational boat that track well and is easy to use on flat water. Getting in and out is also very easy as the cockpit is long. I purchased this boat weighing under 50 lbs so I could manage loading it on the Subaru Outback which is higher than many vehicles in its class.

I recently purchased two...

I recently purchased two 2013 Pungo 120s for my wife and I after doing a lot of research and reading many customer reviews that were extremely helpful. We also took the advice of many of the reviewers and tried out the kayaks that we were interested in at a Demo day sponsored by a local sporting goods store. I was pretty sure I wanted the Pungo 120, but the demo sealed the deal. None of the other rec boats measured up to the overall quality, stability, and tracking of the Pungo for a 12 ft recreational kayak at our price point.

Having enjoyed them now for about 3 months, we are very pleased with our purchase. I think that we will even like them even more as we enhance our paddling skills.

If you are looking for a good rec kayak for use on flat water, lakes, and slow moving rivers, the Pungo 120 will not disappoint.

Just bought the Wilderness...

Just bought the Wilderness Pungo 120 and absolutely love it for the comfort (adjustable seat) stability and ease of manuevering thru the water. It has a nice, roomy, cockpit, so that my dog can easily fit in front of me and she doesn't hinder my paddling. My only complaint is that the one plastic screw that holds the seat down came undone??? and I cant seem to attach it back???

I used to have the...

I used to have the original boat this was based on (as far as I know). It's a great boat. My wife, who had never been in a kayak, loved it and it sold her on kayaking. It tracks well and is not hard to control in the wind. I recommend it for newbies and pros!

Light weight and easy to...

Light weight and easy to carry... great storage areas... maneuvers easily in water and will glide at a great pace... slips through the water... great for sneaking up on gators and other wildlife for pictures...

I operate a kayak rental...

I operate a kayak rental business and use primarily Pungo 120's or 100's. They are very user friendly and stable however still glide through the water. My customers (as well as I) really enjoy the wide base as they have very little fear of tipping. The Pungo performs well on both rivers as well as open water. Have had to contact customer service with one minor issue and they were very responsive!

I recently purchased 2...

I recently purchased 2 Pungo 120 kayaks. One for myself and one for my partner. Stability is great. We both enter and exit easily, are able to pull to the shallow part of a lake and go for a dip without fear of not being able to get back in. We've paddled 8 ponds and lakes in the short time we've owned them. On choppy 1-2' wave lakes with motorboat traffic they take on a bit of water, but do not come close to tipping. It's a great beginner kayak. Down sides are maneuverability - with any kind of current in a twisty narrow stream from one pond to the next expect to have a rough time.

I like this kayak a lot, will definitely be buying a more maneuverable kayak in the future, but for different conditions. This will be my go to for lakes, ponds and calm bay paddling.

I have paddled a few...

I have paddled a few kayaks, from Old Town models to Perception models and the Pungo 120 is above and beyond them. The seat is the most amazing thing I've been in. It tracks great for a 12' boat and has amazing stability. I am 6' 240lbs. so I can put pressure on a boat and rock it very easily...this boat had no issues with me at all.

I've upgraded my deck rigging, but that is because I like having more than was there (very easy and cheap to do). Good storage for trips, great hatch system, and the console is perfect. Test one and you'll fall in love with it too!

We bought our Pungo 120...

We bought our Pungo 120 one year ago. Great boat, stable, east to paddle and tracks well. Super fun rec. boat. negatives, bottom always buckles when tied on to racks, no matter how tight its tied, and front handle broke really easy, when it was being carried... some leakage in rear hatch

I had the original Pungo...

I had the original Pungo [now called the Classic Pungo] and now a decade later I re-discovered the second gen Pungo.

Excellent boat, tracks like an arrow. All it needs is a paddle holder and it's ready to go

We are 3 seasons into our...

We are 3 seasons into our Pungo 120's. We are still happy and proud recreational owners. We are in it for the enjoyment and exercise. When we are up at our cabin we try to get in 2 lakes every weekend and maybe 3.

The Pungo's are light enough to transport smooth and easy to paddle and we never feel tippy. Plenty of storage and comfortable for a 2 to 3 hour adventure. Our Pungo's always turn heads and pass on complements from people enjoying the morning on the dock with a cup of coffee. Sometimes we are asked to stop and they want to learn about our kayaks.

Since we bought our Pungos our canoe has not seen daylight, and we have a happier adventure on the water. My comment may bore a snobby paddling enthusiast. But my comments are meant for the recreational user that just wants to enjoy kayaking. If I had to replace my Pungo yes, I would look around to see if I could upgrade for my needs. But most likely I would rebuy a Pungo 120. Be safe on the water buy a bright color.

I love this kayak. It's my...

I love this kayak. It's my first kayak, and I was worried that because I'm 6'2" 250lbs that I might be too big and top heavy and the kayak would be tippy (I'm not good with the balancing thing).
You pretty much have to tip this kayak on purpose in order to tip it. Very stable although the boat does sit a bit lower in the water than maybe others. *But not too low* 2 dry storage areas on the boat also.

If you're a beginner like me, and want something stable in the water and it comes in a lot of colors and it's got the best adjustable seat (bad back here), this is the Kayak for you. It's 50lbs, so it's not a light weight, then neither am I...

I have owned a PUNGO 120...

I have owned a PUNGO 120 for several now and it has performed well beyond expectations, in all water arenas.It has superior stability and maneuvers on a dime. the quality of construction is excellent. I paddle in all weather conditions and the PUNGO has never failed me in any way. ALL of the PUNGO line is superior.

We just bought two Pungo...

We just bought two Pungo 120 kayaks and took them out on a lake today for our first outing. We love them. They paddle very easy and primary and secondary stability is good. I will join in with those who say they are NOT whitewater craft as they do not turn quickly at all. But if lakes and slow rivers and other relative flat water is your thing these boats are an excellent choice for the money.

Got to agree with the most...

Got to agree with the most of these reviews, I really enjoy my Pungo 120. I paddle up around and through the Snohomish Estuary, near Everett WA quite a bit. Tide, current and wind are all common factors. I don't go out in the blow me downs, but this Pungo tracks well in the conditions I am willing to encounter. GREAT Recreational use kayak!

After three years with an...

After three years with an Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro I upgraded to an easier to paddle and more comfortable Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140. Due to a back injury, the 14Ft 68LB Tarpon had to go. Wilderness systems phase 3 seating surpasses any other kayak in the market so anything but a WS was out of the question. Other manufacturers should take notice. The Pungo 120 has excellent primary and secondary stability. I was able to enter it by sitting on the side and rolling my legs in while turning just like I used to do in the Tarpon 140.

The Pungo 120 is more a more versatile, faster kayak that accommodates just about everyone's needs. It is 20% easier to paddle and performs as well as any 14FT kayak. Excellent tracking and easier to turn than comparable width kayaks. Narrower kayaks will turn easier but stability decreases. This kayak does it all. I have no plans on taking it to rough seas that is what sea kayaks are for.

I have tried several...

I have tried several different kayaks this summer before purchasing a Pungo 120 this past week. What a great kayak. It tracks straight and paddles with little effort. I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a first kayak. It's my first, it might just be my last.

First kayak and love it! I...

First kayak and love it! I have bought almost everything I can think of to be ready for whatever! Sprayskirt, spare paddle, wind sail, emergency kit, H2o proof jacket, sunhat with a growing list of wants (not needs) The spare paddle has already come in use for someone who left theirs at home, anyway, I find the seat very comfortable even after a few hours, stability is great as well as tracking, but feel I am a little slow at times :(

There is plenty of room for all my extras and then some. I usually don't use the console but it has come in handy. Lakes and rivers are all I've traveled and enjoy my time on the water. Maybe I need an anchor so I can relax and get in some read time?

The Pungo is my first...

The Pungo is my first kayak, it is easy to get into and out of. Plenty of room for your legs and for your bags or the dog. the seat could be more comfortable, on long trips my butt hurts. really, over all the Pungo is a good kayak to have.

I've paddled all kinds of...

I've paddled all kinds of kayaks, from 17 foot long sea kayaks, to surf skis, and whitewater boats. I found the Pungo cockpit to be too long to be practical. It was about the same as sitting on a SOT, but without the advantages of a SOT which are easy entry and no swamping. And like others, I have found that WS often overrates the weight capacity of their boats.

My first kayak, though...

My first kayak, though I've done a lot of canoeing. Love it so far.

I started out in the Mississippi River -- the small Canadian one, not the big American one. Paddled downstream a few miles against the current and the tracking and stability was good. I felt quite comfortable and in control. Turned around and suddenly found myself going upstream against a 25-mile-an-hour wind, whitecaps and lots of chop... still handled fine. I got wet but never felt unsafe.


I like the Pugo 120 a lot so far.

The boat deserves a rating...

The boat deserves a rating of 20. Wilderness Systems customer service however deserves a zero. When we invest as much as we do in a product, it is beyond understanding why Wilderness Systems are either unresponsive or blame the customer (You hit rocks). I paid full price for a Pungo, and got a blem. Didn't last two seasons. My first Pungo lasted 8 years. I replaced THE BLEM with another Pungo but if I have any more problems it will be my last due to the company's lack of customer service. It's the best kayak out there, though.

I looked at a lot of kayaks along the way. The…

I looked at a lot of kayaks along the way. The Perception line, old river, fought between sit on top and sit in. Looked and tried some 2-grand kayaks. Then along came this super sale and the Pungo 120.
Here's what sold me.

  1. The hull.
    Faster then most 12 footers and remarkably stable. Tracks extremely well.
  2. The dry wells.
    None of this rubber cap business you have to snap on. Yes, its cheaper but it's time consuming and not very practical while you are on the move. The dual handles provide an water tight fit. I also got the half dash with it's dry well for my cell phone and GPS. Filled the kayak on purpose and everything stayed dry.

    ...and maybe most important for me:

  3. The seat.
    I'm nearly 6 feet 4 and trying to adjust straps while you're moving is a pain and can tip you over. The simple pull strap in the middle to raise and lower the back is genius. The pull handle on the side and back strap works great.

And finally, I bought a mini bimini top from a place called Kayak Kanopy. It's a little pricey in my estimation but in Florida with all our sun it has been a God send. Fiberglass rods fit in the rear pole hold.. straps up front and back. I went out for 3 hours on Tampa Bay with little sunscreen and didn't even turn red. Weighs 5 pounds.

Only... minor complaint.
It's a little hard to empty all the water in it because the kayak is so well formed with no drain holes. Picky, huh?

I'd recommend Pungo to anyone. The Prodigy 10 is nice, but again the hull design on this kayak is far more stable.
Have fun with it. I sure am!!!

First kayaks. Very...

First kayaks. Very comfortable. Easy to load onto my van roof. Track just fine. Very stable. Great value for our flat water kayaking. Recommend it highly.

Good starter boat that is...

Good starter boat that is stable and tracks well. Although you won't be breaking speed records, I recently found I was able to keep up with two tandem Seaward kayaks on my nearby lake without too much sweat. When I bought my Pungo, I had to paddle it home from the demo and found myself in very rough and windy conditions. Yes, it does take on a fair amount of water from the bow but I never felt unsafe and made it home easily, if a bit tired. Best of all, it's short enough to store easily. Also, I use a cart to transport it to a nearby creek, about 5 blocks from my house. I feel I made a good choice for a first boat and find it great for practicing my strokes and gaining experience.