Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T Kayak Review

As the largest kayak in the Pamlico family, the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T kayak has one of the largest cargo capacities available. The Pamlico 160T kayak can seat two adults and a bounty of gear, or two adults and a child with plenty of room for your gear. Either way, the Pamlico 160T kayak is comfortable, stable, and very maneuverable. With the optional rudder, the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T kayak is perfect rivers and bays.

Pros

The Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T kayak has some of the most cargo space I’ve seen on a kayak without hatches. There is plenty of room behind the rear seat for dry bag storage in the Pamlico 160T kayak. The hull design allows for a surprising amount of deck rigging in the back, not to mention the center child’s seat for additional storage (or a small passenger). I thought the optional rudder was a needed touch, as well.

Cons

Due to the setup of the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T kayak, I had a hard time with control while paddling it fully loaded. With all the rigging and storage space in the rear, the Pamlico 160T kayak seemed to be a little heavy in back causing “soggy” tracking. I also would have enjoyed at least one hatch with a bulkhead. They stay a little dryer, and you can gain access to your stuff without having to move from the rear seat.

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T tandem kayak as 3.5 out of 5. While the Pamlico 160T offered more than enough cargo space and a generous 550 lb. capacity, the locations for cargo were not where I would like them. If you plan on paddling in tandem, or even trio, then the Pamlico 160T kayak is a fun and stable option. However, if cargo space is your primary draw, I would suggest you look for a kayak with hatches, bulkheads, and deck rigging in both the front and back.

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Rating: 3.8/5 (10 votes cast)
Wilderness Systems Pamlico 160T Kayak Review, 3.8 out of 5 based on 10 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.

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