Wilderness Systems Ride 115 Kayak Review

While performing the product review on the Wilderness Systems Ride 115, we determined that this is one of the best low-cost kayaks on the market today.

It features extreme stability and considerable versatility for its size and design. Geared towards those looking for a basic SOT or sit-on-top kayak, the Ride line was recently redesigned to focus on beginner paddlers, hobbyists and even anglers.

Among the new factors that make it worth purchasing are ample storage, a larger capacity, better rigability and, again, unprecedented stability. If someone is new to kayaking, these are the features that really stand out.

Other attributes include a hull built for performance, the SlideTrax system as well as a sliding Phase 3 seat that can be removed. Measuring less than 12 feet, this is one of the most portable options we could find. Again, while this particular model isn’t necessarily geared towards the kayak aficionado, even the most experienced paddler can agree that it is a perfect first purchase or for someone getting back into the sport.


  • Recessed, No-Snag Deck Fittings
  • Orbix Bow & Midship Hatches
  • Cup Holder with Drain
  • Flat-Mount Deck/Console Surfaces
  • Drain Plug
  • Self-Bailing Scupper Holes
  • Made in the USA
  • Skid Plate
  • Freedom Elite Seating System
  • Keepers Foot Brace System
  • SlideTrax Accessory System
  • Rudder Ready
  • Tankwell w/ Bungee


  • Length: 11’6″ / 351 cm
  • Width: 33″ / 84 cm
  • Max Capacity: 500 lbs. / 227 kg
  • Deck Height: 16.5″ / 42 cm
  • Weight: 76 lbs. / 35 kg (68 lbs. without seat)
  • Cockpit Length: 67″ / 170 cm
  • Cockpit Width: 21.5″ / 55 cm
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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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