Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Kayak Review

The Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak melds the speed, tracking, and storage capacity of a touring kayak with the open cockpit and comfortable ride you would expect from a recreational kayak. With the Wilderness Systems patented Kayak Konsole, the Pungo 140 kayak is rigged and outfitted for your next kayak adventure.

Pros

The Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak was definitely designed with the paddler in mind. Every nook and cranny of the Pungo 140 has another use or purpose. There is no shortage of storage space in the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak. The Pungo 140 features two storage hatches, plenty of deck rigging, and the patented Kayak Console system to ensure that not only your paddling gear stays dry and secure, but you’ll always have what you need close at hand.

Cons

With a deck height of only 13 inches, the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak can be a little rough on the knees. If you are a kayaker that has long legs or sensitive knees, than the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak may not be the right kayak for you.

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 kayak as 4.5 out of 5. I am only 5′ 8″ tall, so I didn’t have too many problems with the shallow hull. I actually prefer the low height as I find it allows me to navigate through the water more effectively. The Pungo 140 loses half a point for the fact that not everyone can comfortably paddle this kayak, but as long as your body size fits, it surely is a nice quality kayak.

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Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Kayak Review, 3.7 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.

This Review Has 2 Comments

  1. Greg

    This yak is pretty great. If the knee thing bothers you take the dashboard off, it is a convertible and put a cup holder on the side and get a half skirt. The dry well on mine is actually dry but I use dry bags to be sure. You never know when a seal will go. Plenty of room under the hull too. The shorter lengths are good for class one and two rapids but beware they have a 6-8 inch draft and you walk through the very shallow water. I have never tried to roll these boats. They do not seem to have the right support for rolling. When the full skirt is on you cannot have the dashboard on. There is no drain plug in these yaks so you must carry an emergency pump or a sponge for water that gets in the boat. Turning the boat over does not get all the water out.
    The great things about this boat are, its is fast, it keeps up with the touring boats. It is estremely stable and hard to turn over. It has a lot of storage for daytrips or multiday camp trips. The hatch that is atached is a plus too. You don’t have to worry about it getting away from you while accessing it out in the water. As with all the Pungos it tracks really well.
    I have a bad back and knee so the seating was very importand for me. The ease in udjusting the seatback up and down is awesome and the thigh height was almost enough to ssell me on the boat. the seat is amazingly comfortable.

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