Submitted by: Civengine on 5/26/2016
The boat is enormous. I am 5' 10" and 220 now. It is easy to enter and exit for me. My size 10s have no problem in the braces or stretched out. There is enough room in this kayak for an unsupported journey of at least 5 days in comfort. I could do 10+ days if I didn't have to carry water. It has been all over the everglades and east coast of Florida over the last 5 years.
I got mine as a seconds. Couldn't find the blemish. Only problem was it didn't have a rudder. In stiff winds (15+ mph) it definitely westhercocks. I hated fighting that boat during bad weather. Droping a leg didn't help at all. Nor did leaning. Good news is I got a rudder and solved that problem.
Initial and secondary stability are rock solid. I have been hit by quartering waves over my head and never felt in danger due to the boat.
Not flashy, heavy, but it will haul your whole garage for many miles.
Submitted by: drygynfly on 7/10/2015
I highly recommend this for everything from recreational pond paddling to week long expeditions.
I must say... it looks awful funny sitting atop my tiny Honda Fit...
Submitted by: moduckgal on 7/1/2015
I would recommend this boat for anyone who wants to take a long haul. Plenty of storage space for several nights.
Great Job; Love this Kayak
Submitted by: Revjohnny on 6/30/2015
Submitted by: Anonymous on 8/13/2013
I give this kayak a 9 only because I give all of my favorite kayaks a 9 in hopes that I can find the one and only 10!!!
Submitted by: Anonymous on 7/5/2013
The boat has plenty of space for long trips and generally performs well. I bought the plastic version of the Tsunami 175 and am happy with the tracking, stability, ability to edge, and overall speed. The extra weight (compared to the composite version) doesn't seem to matter much once its in the water.
The Tsunami is not the most maneuverable boat but it's the best that I've paddled for it's size. I have paddled the composite version and it does seem to handle better in choppy conditions but otherwise the plastic and composite were similar.
I spent a little extra to put the recreational seat from the Tsunami 145 in and was really comfortable afterwards, the default is a backband seat, which promotes better posture but does not give you much support. I can roll this boat empty but have not tried with a load.
Overall great boat
Submitted by: Anonymous on 11/14/2011
The real reason I chose this as my first sea kayak was it can haul as much gear as a barge. The boat has great initial and secondary stability! You can role it but its a little slow to role. I did teach a teen that never set in a kayak how to role it in 5 minutes!
The true test I put this kayak through was the MR 340! This is a 340 mile non-stop unlimited ultra in the world from KC to St. Charles, MO on the Missouri river! The Tsunami performed great without problem even when I was wore out. The Wilderness System seat is one of the best. The Tsunami was able to finish the 340 mile race in 13th place out of 76 men's solo paddlers! Not bad for what call the boats only draw back. The draw back is that it is a heavy boat at 66 lbs!
Overall this is a great boat and I would advise any one to try one out! Great job Wilderness Systems!