Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Sit-On-Top Kayak

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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Sit-On-Top Kayak
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You like riding the mechanical bull, be it at a bar or at the state fair. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 Sit-On-Top Kayak gives you the same experience, but smoother and on the water. And you can go places, see wildlife, take photos, paddle to that middle-of-the-lake island, or just relax. This sit-on-top boat tracks straight across mirrored lakes and punches through suggestive ocean surf when calm doesn't cut it. Front, back, and side grab handles make it easy to tote this boat from the car to the water or over rocky portages, especially when you can bribe your buddy to help schlep. Hop aboard the luxurious seating, grab your tackle or an extra 6-pack (or both), and paddle anywhere your arms will take you.

The multi-chined hull mimics the motorized bovine you favor; on serene lakes and tranquil rivers, it's easy riding from put-in to take-out, but in neurotic surf, this boat's gonna buck and spin. Greenhorns will appreciate initial and secondary stability, and seasoned riders will relish undiluted agility of this spunky kayak. In opposition to the rigid spine of the rotating cow, you won't be sore in back after a day (or a week) in the soft Phase 3 AirPro seating system. Leg-lifters, a scalloped seat, and enhance airflow make all-day paddling sweet on your seat (and back). Further customize the fit using the Keepers foot brace.

Labor Day on the lake or a week-long fishing trip in Alaska—the Tarpon opens wide to swallow your gear. Bow and midship stay protected from the spray with Orbix hatch covers. Keep your sunscreen and extra bag of snacks within reach in the mid-ship gear storage bags. Put your dry bags in the cavernous stern tankwell, knowing the adjustable bungee system will keep them in place if you bite it on a bit of rough water—or the fish gets the better of you.


  • Mesh stretched over 3-dimensional foam forms a perforated pad; large holes enhance airflow and small holes enhance support for sit bones and lower back

Support and Cushioning:

  • Scalloped, contoured seat pan cradles and cushions legs, and backrest conforms to size of paddler and flexes a bit with every paddle stroke


  • 10 ft. length and moderate weight allow kayak to be transported by the solo paddler


  • Molded-in mesh pockets stash small items, and comfort carry handles ease transport
  • Keepers footbraces adjust to maximize comfort, personalizing your paddling experience and ensuring optimal paddling position
  • Phase 3 Air Pro sit-on-top seat offers excellent comfort and intuitive adjustments


  • Series of icons shows what each adjustment strap does, and all control points are forward of the paddler and centrally located to reduce strain
  • Leg lifter uses handle to shore up space below your legs; back strap lowers seat back, and the angle of back rest is adjustable as well


  • Small gear bag under seat features a gear clip and enough capacity for a water bottle or extra food
  • New dual Slide-Trax rail system at front of seating area and tank well attach compatible accessories (not included) without tools or complicated adjustments
  • Multichine hull responds to leans and delivers rock-solid secondary stability; self-bailing hull design ensures flotation in rough water
  • Multi-chined hull
  • Hull is crafted in high-density polyethylene to provide rugged durability and easy care
  • Stow your paddle when you get a bite with the bungee paddle/rod holders with quick-release tabs
  • Bow and midshipe hatches, Orbix covers
  • Tank well with bungee cords keeps tackle box and dry bags secure
  • Hatch covers feature a hinged design and locking lever; to open hatch, simply slide lever to unlock cover and flip open to access gear
  • Please note that the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 sit-on-top kayak does not include scupper plugs (scupper plugs sold separately)
  • Keepers foot brace system
  • Sit-on-top cockpit (52 x 20in)
  • 8 in. center hatch and 8 in. bow hatch offer dry storage for small items like clothing and lunch
  • Stern tankwell storage, bungee-secured
  • Smooth-paddling design tracks very well, offers surprising speed and turns easily
  • Rear bungee cords lock seat back forward during transport
REI (2013)

Designed for the casual paddler who wants a boat that's easy to steer whether in surf or on flat water, the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100 sit-on-top kayak is your ticket to a fun time on the water.

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Activity:Flatwater kayaking
Hatch capacity:Unavailable
Hull construction:Plastic
Length:10 feet
Number of paddlers:1
Seat type:Padded / foam
Tracking system:None
Weight:55 pounds
Weight capacity (lbs):325 pounds
Width:30.5 inches

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Pecos Worthy

I purchased this kayak specifically for a 5-day, 61 mile paddle down the Pecos River with 9 of my friends. The Tarpon 100 easily held all my food and camping gear and performed well all five days. Even though I tumped out in a couple of the rougher rapids, my gear stayed put and the boat stayed solid. I can't say the same for my paddles, though. The only thing I want to try to improve is the seals around the hatches so that they will not leak as much when water is coming over the bow or when the boat is upside down. I don't know if it is possible but, if so, it would be even nicer.
gwarren at REI on 04/04/2013

Overall positive

the boat is heavy compared to my old perception swifty, but the roominess and fishing friendly features make it worth it...i think. only problem is that the front drag handle came undone while dragging it out of a creek. it was just a loose bolt which was easily tightened, once at home. Also, be careful of placing the various straps in contact with the cross bar of your car rack. I had one almost completely cut through after a 40 minute drive.
mrowlands at REI on 06/06/2013

Amazing Kayak

I've used my Tarpon in the ocean with 2-3 ft swells and it handled that with ease. This kayak has more storage capacity than my Pungo 120, and could easily hold enough gear for a 7+ day trip. For its size, the Tarpon 100 has extraordinary tracking, maneuverability, and speed. It's width and extra features make fishing off of it very easy. However, this is a heavy kayak. Some people may struggle transporting it.
Tyee Tamer at REI on 09/09/2013

Great all around Kayak; Super versatile

Great kayak; super versatile. It has lots of storage. It's stable but fun in rapids yet has enough storage and versatility for a full day of Alaska fishing.
I'd highly recommend this kayak for a multi-use recreational kayak.

The one downside was that in heavy surf, breaking over the boat, it got a little sporty.
VegasBoy145 at REI on 09/09/2013