Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Kayak Review

Wilderness Systems Ride 135 KayakThe Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak is a premium sit on top (SOT) kayak form Wilderness Systems. The Ride 135’s pontoon style hull brings a whole new level of stability to sit on top kayaking. With great features like an extended capacity and extra wide kayak seat, the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak is perfect for scuba divers, fisherman, and paddlers of all sizes.


The Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak is one of the most stable sit on top (SOT) kayaks on the market today. The Ride 135 kayak also features 3 hatches throughout the hull providing more than ample storage. The recessed storage area is perfect for hauling your tackle box or diving equipment, and the high 400 lbs capacity ensures you’ll never need more space on the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak.


Although the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak is very stable for being a sit on top kayak, it still lacks the overall stability to be a viable fishing or diving solution. When hanging your legs over the side, the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak feels a little tippy. Most paddlers will get used to the individual feel of their kayak. However a larger, wider, sit on top would serve a scuba diving or fishing kayaker much better.

Overall Review

I would rate my review of the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak as 4 out of 5. I was very impressed by the high capacity and the stability of this sit on top kayak. Inch for inch, the Wilderness Systems Ride 135 kayak is one of the most stable sit on tops I’ve ever had the chance to review. If the Ride 135 was only 2 inches wider, it would probably have the stability to warrant a perfect review.

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Rating: 4.3/5 (7 votes cast)
Wilderness Systems Ride 135 Kayak Review, 4.3 out of 5 based on 7 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 8 Comments

  1. Royal Oil

    You can’t go wrong with the 135. It is sell designed and fast. It also is perfect for people that aren’t super short or super tall.

  2. OliviaChiTown

    Not a bad kayak when it comes to fishing. Has good storage and tracks well. It helps me get into those little spots with great fishing opportunities.

  3. Grant87

    How old is it? What condition? How much has it been used?

  4. Rick W

    It belongs to my friend and he only used it a couple of times. It seems like it’s in good shape. He said he’d give me the kayak and a paddle for only $100 bucks.

  5. Grant87

    I’d go for it. No matter what if it is in good shape, you can use it. That is if you actually want to kayak. Not sure what type of paddle, but I’m sure it’s probably nice. Wilderness Systems makes decent stuff and if you can get it for a good price, you can’t go wrong. If there’s a problem too, you can just stick it to your friend.

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