Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 Kayak Review

The Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak is a great kayak for teenagers and smaller adults to enjoy in a recreational paddling environment. The Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak is very lightweight, making it a pleasure to paddle regardless of the weather conditions. With premium options like padded knee rests and the patented Slidelock footbrace system, the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak is both a great value and a great kayak.


The Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak is everything a great recreational kayak should be. The stern hatch has plenty of space for storage, and the deck rigging allows for extended paddles. The Pamlico 120 kayak’s cockpit is surprisingly spacious, offering an enjoyable paddling experience to kayakers of all sizes and weights.


The Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak has very few shortcomings, but I think the bow should be just a little wider. The Pamlico 120 kayak handles swells up to 3 feet like a champ, but it doesn’t cut through larger waves the way I had hoped. If you plan on paddling larger lakes, rivers, or bays, the Systems Pamlico 120 kayak is sure to offer a bumpy ride.

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak as 4 out of 5. While able to handle recreational paddling situations like a pro, the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 kayak fell short during my review when I tested it on rough waters. The amount of jarring is tolerable, but I think paddling should be smooth sailing.

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Wilderness Systems Pamlico 120 Kayak Review, 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

Written by James Stalker

James Stalker is a licensed kayak teacher and field guide with over 20 years of experience. James fell in love with adventure sports after facing a bout of cancer at a young age. He can be found traveling in some of the corners of the continent almost untouched by nearly anyone else. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This Review Has 4 Comments

  1. Resa Thorton

    Wilderness Systems makes great products. But I tried this one and it kinda sucks. Doesn’t track worth a damn.

  2. Royal Oil

    Overall this company has great products. This is the third model I’ve bought and you can’t go wrong.

  3. Paul83

    The Pamlico 120 is a solid kayak. But what I love is the fact that it has ample storage. As a father of two kids I love to take them out with me. And it never fails that I need extra room. I can keep soda or snaks in there for a full day out with my brats.

  4. Rory Storm

    I agree with this review. This kayak is fairly jarring when I want a smooth ride. I’d only give this one a 3 out of 5.

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