Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Kayak with Skeg - 2012/2013

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Smooth, sleek and ready for touring, the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 kayak with skeg blends speed with impeccable manners and excellent maneuverability in all conditions.

  • Features

    • High-density polyethylene construction offers performance, rugged durability and affordability
    • With hull lines similar to many British kayaks, the Tempest adds even more chine area for amazing secondary stability and enhanced turning ability
    • Combination of solid initial stability and strong tracking even in high winds makes this kayak an excellent choice for rough-water expedition paddling
    • Excellent secondary stability lets skilled paddlers confidently put the boat on edge and hold it there
    • Paddle comfortably all day thanks to the the Phase 3 Air Pro XP seat, which offers excellent comfort and intuitive adjustment
    • 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
    • Scalloped, contoured seat pan cradles and cushions legs, and backrest conforms to size of paddler and flexes a bit with every paddle stroke
    • 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
    • Rear bungee cords lock seat back forward during transport
    • SlideLock footrail system is comfortable, rugged and easy to adjust; foot braces adjust via extension rod that places positioning at your fingertips
    • Cockpit-controlled drop-down skeg improves tracking and resists weathercocking
    • The Tempest 170 is equipped with 3 hatches plus plenty of deck rigging, letting you easily stow up to a week's worth of food and gear
    • Full-size stern hatch, 10 in. bow hatch and 8 in. day hatch all have bulkheads to keep gear dry and secure and to add flotation
    • Domed hatch covers offer a rugged watertight seal and an easy-to-remove tab and contours
    • Ergonomic carry handles match hand shape, and their soft rubber construction eases portaging to and from the water
    • Recessed bow compass mount fits most brands of deck compasses (deck compass not included)

    Made in USA.

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  • Technical Specs

    Best Use

    Sea Kayaking




    17 feet


    22 inches


    13.5 inches


    57 pounds

    Cockpit Size

    34 x 18 inches

    Seat Type

    Padded / Foam

    Number of Paddlers


    Hatch Capacity


    Weight Capacity (lbs)

    325 pounds

    Tracking System

    Retractable Skeg

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