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Wilderness Tarpon 105: Ultimate Kayak for Adventurers

Wilderness Tarpon 105: Ultimate Kayak for Adventurers


The Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105 is a sit-on-top kayak that has been revitalized and refined. It retains everything that paddlers love about the original, while improving comfort, stability, speed, and paddler interface. This versatile boat is equally at home on rivers, lakes, or oceans, making it the perfect choice for any adventure.

Every detail of the Tarpon 105 is carefully crafted to bring you boundless paddling perfection. It features rigid carry handles for easy transport, a quick park paddle holder, and a bow hatch for convenient storage. The MagnaTec magnetic water bottle strap and SlideTrax accessory rails allow you to customize your kayak with ease. The Tarpon 105 also includes storage pockets, a removable dry box, and a mesh cover for the stern well.

The Tarpon 105 offers fast, efficient, and straight tracking, along with excellent stability. It has great initial stability and solid secondary stability when the boat is leaned on edge. The most comfortable and adjustable Phase 3 AirPro seating system features CoolTouch technology to keep your seat cool, even on hot days.

This kayak is designed for adventure, with a large rear storage well for crates, coolers, fishing equipment, scuba tanks, and camping gear. The front storage hatch offers dry storage, while the mesh cover for the rear storage area keeps your items secure. The sectioned storage tray helps you organize smaller items like sunscreen, fishing lures, and snacks. The user-friendly paddler interface includes features like a water bottle strap and dry box, all within easy reach.

With its specifications of a length of 10'6", a width of 32", a weight of 55 lbs, and a capacity of 325 lbs, the Tarpon 105 is the perfect sit-on-top kayak for any paddler. Whether you're a beginner or experienced kayaker, this kayak provides the comfort, stability, and storage you need.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is this kayak good for someone that is 6'5"?

A: It would depend on what and where you want to do (ocean, river, lakes, or ponds) and how much you weigh. The Tarpon 105 is a great kayak for creeks and rivers. For ocean kayaking, the Tarpon 120 might be a better fit. It's important to choose a kayak that suits your needs and research the right paddle for you.

Q: Does this kayak have Scupper holes?

A: Yes, the Tarpon 105 has 6 scupper holes. You can use scupper plugs to keep your feet dry or to keep your dog in the back storage area.

Q: How many scupper holes does the Tarpon 105 have? In a previous question, there are answers of 4, 6, and 8.

A: There are 8 scupper holes in the Tarpon 105. 4 are located in the foot area, 2 are under the seat, and 2 are in the rear storage area.

Things we like

  • Seats that are comfortable
  • Even while out on the water, it is easy to climb in and out of
  • Smoothly makes turns, impressively maneuverable
  • Suitable for a wide range of activities
  • Features that are thoughtfully designed


Things we don't like

  • Slowly glides
  • Compared to other options, more expensive

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this kayak good for someone that is 6'5" ?

It would depend on what and where you want to do.(Ocean, River, Lakes or Ponds) How much you weigh. I am not as tall as you but I weigh about 210lbs and always carry some kind of gear with me on the kayak (Fishing or depending the trip) . I would recommend a longer one for the ocean (Tarpon 120 ) which I also have. I love the 105 for when I go in creeks and rivers. In any case the 105 is a great kayak in my opinion. Make sure you get a good paddle. It is important that you’re “engine” gets you home! Do youresearch.

Does this kayak have Scupper holes?

YES. It has 6 I believe. 4 in the main hull and 2 in the back. I bought the wilderness system scupper plugs. I have used them on calm days to keep my feet dry or if the water is really cold. I plan on using the scupper plugs in the back to put my dog back there. I am on a lake. Havent done a river yet but looking forward to it.

How many scuper holes does the Tarpon 105 have? In a previous question there are answers of 4, 6, and 8.

There are 8 scupper holes in a Tarpon 105. 4 in the foot area, 2 under the seat and 2 in the rear storage area.