Industry News 2/23/2015

B$Z: Wilderness Systems Introduces Two Ultralite Kayaks to Spring 2015 Lineup

Wilderness Systems®, industry leader in high performance recreational, touring, expedition and angling kayaks, introduces the Tarpon 120 Ultralite and Pungo 120 Ultralite kayaks.

Made with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS acrylic) material by the process of thermoforming, the boats are light, stiff and responsive like composite kayaks, but have the advantage of improved impact resistance. Compared to their rotomolded counterparts, the Ultralite models are 10-20% lighter.  This significant weight reduction makes the transfer to and from the water more manageable and makes paddling it easier on the body.

“The Tarpon 120 and Pungo 120 are two of most versatile kayaks and offering them in Ultralite versions greatly expands the options for paddlers who want a high performance boat that’s easy to carry, effortless to paddle, and is great for everything from kayak angling to recreational paddling,” said Shane Steffen, director of product management for Wilderness Systems. “Wilderness Systems has always been a leader in performance and design, and the new Ultralite models are the best of both worlds – lightweight kayaks that are durable and as responsive as the rotomolded versions. We are excited to introduce more lightweight performance options to our consumers.”

The Tarpon 120 Ultralite has all the features and performance that kayakers expect from the Tarpon series, including a comfortable Deluxe Sit-On-Top Seat, self-bailing scupper holes, two convenient Orbix hatches, mid-ship storage and plenty of bungees and rigging to keep all necessities close at hand. The 12’ long sit-on-top kayak weighs 43 lbs. with a capacity of 350 lbs. Available in four different colors, paddlers can choose from Lime, Tangelo, Turquoise and Realtree AP® Camo. The Tarpon 120 Ultralite comes in four different colors: Lime, Tangelo, Turquoise and Realtree AP® Camo.  The Lime, Tangelo and Turquoise color options will be available at retailers after March 3, 2015, and the Realtree AP® Camo color option will be available after March 30, 2015.

The versatile Pungo 120 Ultralite comes with the award-winning Phase 3® AirPro seat and thigh and knee padding, for hours of comfortable paddling. A large stern hatch and bungee deck rigging gives kayakers plenty of storage for an afternoon of the water. The 12’ long Pungo 120 Ultralite weighs just 40 lbs., with a capacity of 325 lbs. Color options are Lime, Tangelo, Turquoise and Realtree AP® Camo. The Pungo 120 Ultralite will be available at retailers after March 16, 2015.