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Wilderness Systems Buyer's Guide

Wilderness Systems Buyer's Guide

Your Gateway to the Wilds – Wilderness Systems Kayaks

Founded in 1986, Wilderness Systems has been chasing perfection on the water for nearly 40 years. Ever evolving and constantly tweaking, Wilderness kayaks and accessories continue to improve their products to fit every water and every adventure.

Part of the Confluence Outdoors family that also includes Perception Kayaks and Advanced Elements, Wilderness Systems kayaks are part of a family of kayaks with a long history of matching every budget and preferred kayak fishing style.

Let's break down the Wilderness Systems lineup as well as the Helix pedal drive and kayak accessories.


Wilderness Systems Helix PD

Experience true innovation in motion with the Helix Pedal Drive. Featuring a 6:1 gear ratio precision-tuned to a 14 x 17 two- bladed fixed pitch prop, the Helix PD is the most efficient and intuitive pedal system ever engineered.

Fully deployed, the system is optimized for maximum speed in exchange for less effort so you can be hands-free to fish all day. A groundbreaking auto-raising mast achieves zero draft with a spring-loaded kick pedal, and the unit can be further stowed forward and out of the way to complete the 3-phases of possible positioning. Tuned to the proven performance of Wilderness Systems’ S.M.A.R.T. Hull designs, and compatible with the Radar model family, the Helix PD Pedal Drive is the definitive advantage.


Wilderness Systems Helix MD Motor Drive

The Helix MD Motor Drive simplifies the experience of kayaking by taking you farther, faster. Partnering with the proven technology of Torqeedo, the Helix MD Motor Drive is a step ahead in the world of kayak propulsion technology.

With top speeds reaching up to 6 mph at a range of around 20 miles, it features a solar-rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 8 hours and can charge while underway. The lightweight unit weighs only 15 pounds, including the battery, and comes equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays your GPS-calculated speed, remaining range and battery runtime.

Fully variable forward/reverse functionality allows you to set the throttle to your desired speed so you’re free to fish with two hands. Quiet, low-maintenance, and easy to integrate and use with compatible Wilderness Systems kayak models, the Helix MD Motor Drive is an all-access pass for all kayakers of all ages.


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Wilderness Systems Kayak Lineup

Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Length: 10' | Width: 32" | Weight: 57.5lbs | Carrying Capacity: 325lbs

Perfect for day trips, it offers the right balance of comfort, stability, and carefree spirit. The new sling-style seat is comfortable, breathable, and adjustable. There is plenty of room to stretch out with a wide-open floor — and we even included a heel pad so you can kick back and relax. The hull is stable so you can paddle with confidence and ultimate ease wherever your adventures take you.

You will also enjoy plenty of storage options like a hooded bow storage area to keep your belongings in one place while also offering splash protection to help keep you dry. There’s also an open, bungee-equipped, rear storage deck to keep extra gear secure in the back. Four rigid handles and two molded in-stern handles make this recreational kayak easy to carry, and the rack notch helps keep the boat in place for easy loading on a roof rack. So, go ahead and take the Targa 100 for a spin to see where it can take you.

$999

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Wilderness Systems Aspire 105

Length: 10'6" | Width: 29" | Weight: 48lbs | Carrying Capacity: 400lbs

The Aspire is a high-performance sit-inside recreational kayak with endless possibilities. Designed for the beginner to intermediate paddler looking to expand beyond flat-water, the versatile Aspire combines easy handling and maneuverability with unsurpassed stability and features the TruTrak Adjustable Skeg System for straight tracking on longer pursuits. Industry-leading Phase 3® AirPro seat outfitting provides ultimate comfort, adjustability and breathability.

Replaceable skid plates, TuTrak Skeg with cockpit control, dry storage hatches, thigh and knee padding, and a molded-in dashboard are but a few features of this fast and light recreational paddling kayak.

$1,059

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Wilderness Systems Pungo 105

Length: 10'6" | Width: 30" | Weight: 47lbs | Carrying Capacity: 300lbs

The Aspire is a high-performance sit-inside recreational kayak with endless possibilities. Designed for the beginner to intermediate paddler looking to expand beyond flat-water, the versatile Aspire combines easy handling and maneuverability with unsurpassed stability and features the TruTrak Adjustable Skeg System for straight tracking on longer pursuits. Industry-leading Phase 3® AirPro seat outfitting provides ultimate comfort, adjustability and breathability.

Other features include: Replaceable skid plates, stern foam for increased buoyancy, dry storage hatch, thigh and knee padding, molded-in dashboard for smaller gear, and large padded foot rests. The Pungo also comes in two additional longer versions Pungo 120 and Pungo 125. The longer version include additional features like a recess for WS Lithium Batteries and accessory tracks.

$1,119

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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105

Length: 10'6" | Width: 32" | Weight: 55lbs | Carrying Capacity: 325lbs

Retaining everything paddlers love from the celebrated original with improved comfort, stability, speed and paddler interface, the new Tarpon is easily the most versatile boat in the Wilderness Systems lineup that is equally at home on rivers, lakes or oceans.

Other features include: Dog friendly for your favorite pet companion, adjustable Phase 3 AirPro featuring CoolTouch technology seat, large rear storage and front storage hatch, sectioned storage tray, removable dry box, accessory rails and rudder capable.

$1,119

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Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120

Length: 12'3" | Width: 31" | Weight: 63lbs | Carrying Capacity: 350lbs

Every detail is carefully crafted and executed flawlessly to bring you boundless paddling perfection. Blending celebrated legacy design elements with a re-imagined modern flair, the new Tarpon delivers a dynamic on-water performance with enhanced agility and unmatched stability, while well-executed and innovative features elevate the paddler’s overall experience. The renowned Phase 3® AirPro seating system offers easy three-point adjustability, while plush honeycomb-vented fabric and ergonomic 3D foam provide maximum airflow, comfort and support.

The new Tarpon features the DryTec Case – a new integrated dry box to keep your valuables safe, the MagnaTec magnetic water bottle holder, and flexible mounting options and accessory integrations, all of which come standard with the boat. A protective and replaceable skid plate, comfortable rigid carry handles, industry-leading storage capabilities, and thoughtful and configurable deck bungee rigging rounds out a robust list of attributes.

Check out the also available Tarpon 140 - a longer version with a few more features.

$1,229

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Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T Recreational

Length: 13'5" | Width: 31" | Weight: 72lbs | Carrying Capacity: 500lbs

This best-selling Wilderness Systems kayak is a tandem recreational kayak that features swift acceleration, easy maneuverability, and customizable outfitting options, making it perfect for pairs or solo paddlers.

Featuring a signature rounded hull that delivers swift acceleration, helping you paddle longer distances faster, as well as superb maneuverability for easy entry and exit. The Phase 3® AirPro tandem outfitting system offers upgraded adjustability options for more comfort and customization. Converts to solo use with ease for a great day on the water.

$1,329

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Wilderness Systems Targa 130T Recreational

Length: 13' | Width: 36" | Weight: 99lbs | Carrying Capacity: 450lbs

The open design and intuitive multiple position seat systems allow for an optimal experience on the water with friends, family, pets, or even by yourself. The camp-style seat system delivers maximum comfort, and the elevated stern seat provides greater visibility when paddling. This kayak is loaded from front to back.

The hooded bow storage area keeps your belongings accessible and sheds water to help keep things dry. Integrated into the rear deck is a portable insulated cooler that keeps food and drinks cold for hours on end.

$1,329

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Wilderness Systems iA.T.A.K. 110 Inflatable Kayak

Length: 11' | Width: 38" | Weight: 44lbs | Carrying Capacity: 650lbs

Discover remote kayak fishing paradises with the Wilderness Systems iA.T.A.K 110 drop stitch inflatable fishing kayak. The iA.T.A.K. 110 drop stitch kayak delivers the conveniences of inflatable kayaks with the rigidity and performance of hardshell kayaks, through patented fishbone technology optimizing speed and tracking  to get to your fishing spot.

With the aluminum accessory rail and integrated universal accessory mounts, you can customize and place your kayak fishing accessories at an easy reach. Enjoy the comfort of the ErgoBoost Seat, when folded turns into a booster seat making it easy to sit or stand while casting. When the day is done, towel dry, deflate , and roll up into the included backpack for easy transport and storage.

$1,399

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Wilderness Systems Recon 120 Fishing Kayak

Length: 12'2" | Width: 38" | Weight: 95lbs | Carrying Capacity: 450lbs

A confidence-inspiring fishing machine for both the novice and expert, the Recon is a factory-loaded boat that you can rig your way. You have the freedom to choose the preferred mode of propulsion – paddle, pedal, or power. The Recon 120 comes with the option to add the Helix Pedal Drive. Aftermarket motors can also be deployed with a direct-to-boat stern mounting interface.

The Recon 120 is made with anglers in mind. Features include: Open deck for abundance of space, StowPro storage system (gasketed hatch), midship side pockets, traction pads for noise reduction, horizontal rod troughs, rear mounted transducer area, stern mounting motor brackets, and the AirPro ACE seat for all-day comfort.

$1,409

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Wilderness Systems Radar 115 Fishing Kayak

Length: 11'8" | Width: 34.5" | Weight: 85lbs | Carrying Capacity: 450lbs

Ready for paddle, pedal or power, the Wilderness Radar 115 features S.M.A.R.T hull technology (stability, maneuverability, acceleration, responsiveness and tracking) that is best suited for multiple water types and fishing styles.

The Radar boasts functional outfitting including SlideTrax™ rails, a multitude of storage opportunities, and scupper options to deploy the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive and even multiple electronics options including down-imaging, side-scanning or both. When utilizing the Helix PD™, a built-in steering control system affords easy navigation and hands-free fishing, while the AirPro MAX complements the package with optimized positioning for any mode of travel.

$1,559

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Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 Recreational Kayak

Length: 14' | Width: 25.5" | Weight: 57.5lbs | Carrying Capacity: 325lbs

An icon is reimagined in the redesigned Tsunami. The latest Tsunami day touring kayak inspires performance and exploration with modern deck lines. A focus on improving the paddler’s experience sees new features incorporated into the design. 2 removable mesh deck storage bags are perfect for stowing close-at-hand items, and an under-deck storage area provides another alternative for staging your favorite beverage.

The Tsunami 140 is a touring kayak. It's features include: Phase 3 AirPro tour seat, under the deck water bottle holder, deck gear pockets, dry storage compartments, and adjustable foot braces. Also available in different sizes including the 125 and 145.

$1,699

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Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120 Fishing Kayak

Length: 12'3" | Width: 35" | Weight: 86lbs | Carrying Capacity: 400lbs

The A.T.A.K. 120 is a continuation of the 140, maintaining all the core attributes that have set a new standard for fishing kayaks – an open customizable platform, unmatched stability, and a wind-shedding deck – yet the 120 brings an entirely new set of specialized performance attributes to the table.

Rocker has been increased to better negotiate moving water, and a secondary transducer scupper has been added to accommodate electronics (including side-scanning technologies) while utilizing the Helix MD™ Motor Drive (sold separately). Additionally, a new quick-release cam lever now allows the AirPro MAX seat to be adjusted fore/aft on-the-fly.

$1,729

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Wilderness Systems Radar 135 Fishing Kayak

Length: 13'6" | Width: 34" | Weight: 90lbs | Carrying Capacity: 475lbs

The longer sibling to the 115, the Radar 135 features S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology that combines Stability, Maneuverability, Acceleration, Responsiveness and Tracking throughout the entire design for ultimate performance in multiple water environments with a higher weight capacity.

The Radar boasts functional outfitting including SlideTrax™ rails, a multitude of storage opportunities, and scupper options to deploy the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive and even multiple electronics options including down-imaging, side-scanning or both. When utilizing the Helix PD™, a built-in steering control system affords easy navigation and hands-free fishing, while the AirPro MAX complements the package with optimized positioning for any mode of travel.

$1,719

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Wilderness Systems Recon 120 HD

Length: 12'2" | Width: 38" | Weight: 115lbs | Carrying Capacity: 450lbs

The Recon 120 HD model comes standard with the tried-and-true, easy-deploy Helix PD™ Pedal Drive system. With instant forward/reverse, on-a-dime turning, and a gear ratio for smooth all-day pedaling, the Recon 120 HD packs more performance.

The Recon 120 is made with anglers in mind. Features include: Open deck for abundance of space, StowPro storage system (gasketed hatch), midship side pockets, traction pads for noise reduction, horizontal rod troughs, rear mounted transducer area, stern mounting motor brackets, and the AirPro ACE seat for all-day comfort.

$2,749

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Wilderness Systems Radar 115 Pedal Drive

Length: 11'8" | Width: 34.5" | Weight: 85lbs (without pedal drive) | Carrying Capacity: 450lbs

In addition to a flat platform for standing and freedom of movement, the Radar boasts state-of-the-art outfitting including expansive SlideTrax™ rails, a multitude of storage opportunities, and scupper options to deploy the Helix MD™ Motor Drive, the Helix PD™ Pedal Drive* and even multiple electronics options including down-imaging, side-scanning or both. When utilizing the included Helix PD™, a built-in steering control system affords easy navigation and hands-free fishing, while the AirPro MAX complements the package with optimized positioning for any mode of travel.

The Radar features S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology that combines Stability, Maneuverability, Acceleration, Responsiveness, and Tracking throughout the entire design for ultimate performance in multiple water environments.

$2,978

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Wilderness Systems Radar 135 Pedal Drive Kayak

Length: 13'6" | Width: 34" | Weight: 90lbs (without drive) | Carrying Capacity: 475lbs

The Radar features S.M.A.R.T. Hull Technology that combines Stability, Maneuverability, Acceleration, Responsiveness and Tracking throughout the entire design for ultimate performance in multiple water environments. This version INCLUDES the Helix PD.

Other Radar 135 features include: Flat mounting surface for accessories, Flex Pod OS Console System for MD drive or Pedal drive, rudder steering, center watertight storage hatch, AirPro 3D elevated seat, large tankwell, and much more.

$3,138

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Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K. 120 Motor Drive Kayak

Length: 12'3" | Width: 35" | Weight: 86lbs (without drive) | Carrying Capacity: 400lbs

The award-winning design of the A.T.A.K. 140 is now available in a compact package for increased manageability both on-and-off the water. The A.T.A.K. 120 is a continuation of the 140, maintaining all the core attributes that have set a new standard for fishing kayaks – an open customizable platform, unmatched stability, and a wind-shedding deck – yet the 120 brings an entirely new set of specialized performance attributes to the table.

This version includes the Helix MD Motor Drive - a partnership with Torqeedo - capable of top speeds reaching up to 6 mph at a range of around 20 miles. The motor also features a solar-rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to 8 hours and can charge while underway. The lightweight unit weighs only 15 pounds, including the battery, and comes equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays your GPS-calculated speed, remaining range and battery runtime.

$4,018

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Wilderness Systems Accessories


Wilderness Systems Heavy Duty Kayak Kart

$239

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Wilderness Systems Helix PD Pedal Drive

$1,349

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Wilderness Systems Helix MD

$2,299

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Additional Resources: Blogs, Podcast & Community

Hooked! The Kayak Anglers Resource: What We are About & Links

Hooked! The Kayak Anglers Resource is your one-stop resource for all things fishing kayaks. Watch, listen and engage with kayak anglers like you. Our experts cover everything from kayak fishing for beginners, fishing kayak accessories to fishing kayaks with a motor. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced kayak angler looking to learn new tricks, the Kayak Anglers Resource aims to help every kayaker of all levels of experience.

It is easy to get wide eyes when dreaming of your perfect kayak setup. We see some of the craziest setups around in our line of work. But, those kinds of advanced setups with all the bells & whistles are not necessary for everyone. Sometimes, it is easier to take fellow kayakers' word for it rather than a retailers. That's why we created the Kayak Anglers Resource - a community of kayak anglers who share their experiences, ask questions and give honest reviews and assessments of kayaks and accessories. We can share our expertise until we are blue in the face, but a fellow anglers words often mean more.

Here a few great examples of how kayak anglers are helping other kayak anglers make better decisions on their purchases:


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