The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak is the most sought after of the Tarpon kayak line. The Tarpon 120 Ultralite is even lighter and more maneuverable than its sister kayak, the Tarpon 120. As the winner of the “2008 Sea Kayaker Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Best Sit on Top Kayak”, the Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak is rigged to be unparalleled in its class.
The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak is well thought out from top to bottom. Generous seat room and plenty of storage space trim out the Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak for a fun paddling experience. The optional rudder adds additional tracking and maneuvering capabilities to this otherwise fantastic sit on top (SOT) kayak.
I found the Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak to be incredibly versatile when I was doing my review. The Tarpon 120 kayak was also far more stable than most sit on top kayaks, providing a perfect platform for photography or kayak fishing. The rudder allows you to navigate into the hidden areas for excellent fishing where the weeds are too thick to go with a motorized boat.
Although I enjoyed the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak’s light weight and great maneuverability during my review, this boat seems to wander without it. I still think it’s a quality kayak without the rudder, but I would urge you to fork out the extra $50 to get it; especially if you plan to do any touring or sea kayaking. You simply can’t fully enjoy the Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak without the optional rudder.
I would rate my review of the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak as 4.5 out of 5. Other than paddling without the rudder, every other feature of the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak is setup for a comfortable and enjoyable day of kayaking. Add its stability and ability to be used as a fishing kayak, Wilderness Systems has once again set the standard for sit on top (SOT) kayaks with the Tarpon 120 Ultralite kayak.
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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Ultralite Kayak Review, 2.9 out of 5 based on 46 ratings
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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.