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  • Tough polyethylene construction offers high performance and rugged durability
  • Phase 3™ Air Pro Seat uses mesh stretched over a 3D perforated foam pad; large holes enhance airflow and small holes enhance support for sit bones and lower back
  • Phase 3 Air Pro seat offers excellent comfort and intuitive adjustments for seat back height and angle as well as leg lifter height
  • Front seat easily converts to solo position using an intuitive slide-rail system; foot pegs adjust to provide maneuverability in solo position
  • Slidelock adjustable footbrace system and padded foam thigh / knee braces help maintain proper paddling posture and add comfort
  • Orbix stern hatch with rubber hatch cover offers easy access to hull storage; stern bulkhead keeps contents dry and provides floatation
  • Shockcord deck rigging provides extra gear storage
  • Comfortable carry handles at bow and stern make trips to and from the water easy

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Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) Rotomolded polyethylene
Length 13 ft. 6 in.
Width 31 inches
Depth 14 inches
Weight 72
Cockpit Size 90 x 24 inches
Seat Type Mesh / Suspension
Number of Paddlers 2
Hatch Capacity Unavailable
Weight Capacity (lbs) 500 pounds
Tracking System None
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's the perfect kayak! I've been using this Kayak now for about 5 years and use it mainly on rivers and some lakes. Everyone who rides with me raves on the comfort. It tracks very well compared to other kayaks and even my single, and it turns on a dime (well maybe a quarter). It's easy to load when you get the hang of it, I've loaded alone on our truck! It's a great boat and still one of my favorite purchases for myself. Oh, and I invested in a folding kayak cart and I can roll my boat to the water without any help. Another great purchase (Craigs list)!
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pamlico 135 Very nice boat - sturdy, seating system is more comfortable than a kayak probably should be. Paddles very well, tracks true, even in a 20 mph cross wind! Bought this boat for our daughter and her 150 lb dog. Front seat moves back to front, which allows her to do this. Handles much nicer than I had expected from a 70# boat. Definitely worth the extra few hundred dollar price over other available tandems.
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable, comfortable, fast, fun. Got a tandem so my daughter could come out on the water. Weight is average compared to other tandems I've used. Seats are really comfortable, very adjustable. Tracks very straight and can really hustle. Surprisingly easy to turn from the rear paddling spot. I still haven't used it as a solo (seat is easy to adjust to middle position). Rear cargo hatch is small but enough to put stuff for a nice day on the water. I'm very happy with this as my first kayak.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great boat but heavy Have enjoyed this kayak tremendously. The reason for buying a tandem was to get my kids involved, which they have. The boat sits high in the water, has comfortable seats, is easily entered and exited, it tracks well, and has lots of space (both open and water tight. No rudder seems to be needed in still water. My only reservation is its weight. It is heavy and not easy to load and unload from the top of a mini-van.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile, well built Versatile, well built, easily handles two NFL size offensive lineman...seats and foot pegs offer multiple adjustments to find the perfect position. Used primarily on easy going rivers or minimal wave action on Lake Michigan. Not suited for rapids or heavy waves. Rear compartment allows some water in, not fully water proof despite lid sealing o-ring.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for our family We bought this during the May sale event. This is our first kayak we have ever own or used. After months of research we felt this kayak would work for our family of 4, dad, mom 1yr old and 3 yr old, to enjoy the water together. When we picked it up in the store the store associate ran us through the seat functions and other tips. We used it 6 times in the past 2 months. Holds all of us easily. Easy to paddle and maneuver, even when only one of us is paddling. Handle waves from boats in larger lake nicely. Seats are extremely comfortable. Look forward to future use as kids get bigger, and one adult moves to a single kayak. And when kids are big enough to paddle their own and we can haul more gear for longer trips. We have not tried paddling the boat in a single paddler position yet.
Date published: 2016-07-04
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Does the front seat come out? I want to take my 65lb dog with me and need space for her.

Asked by: TxBoxerLover72
The front seat on the Pamlico 135 Tandem Kayak was not designed to be removed. It can however slide back to accommodate you and your dog.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17

Can this be used for ocean kayaking ?

Asked by: Katsand
This kayak is designed for flatwater kayaking and it may be able to handle some light ocean use, but it is not ideal for choppy water or big waves.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-19

I purchased this kayak this week, but it didn't come with a manual.  The manual on the Wilderness web site only shows a single person kayak.  How do I convert it from a tandem to a solo boat?  The salesperson was unable to show me.  

Asked by: JLYONS
Locate the nylon pull tabs where the front seat attaches to the side rails (on both sides). Pull both these tabs inward toward the middle of the boat and simultaneously slide the seat as far back as it will go on the rails. This is the seating position for solo paddling (rear seat stays in). We have used our boat solo from the rear seat with good success as well. Hope this helps, this really is a great tandem...
Answered by: Richard Haglund
Date published: 2017-05-17

Is this the 2015 or 2014 model?  Thanks.

Asked by: K in Bend
This is the 2015 model of the Pamlico 135 Tandem Kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Is there a convenient place to fit a lock on this kayak? Or is there a good place to thread a cable through?

Asked by: Schueler
This kayak does not have any attachment points for a lock or a cable. It is best to lock it with a cable wrapped around the kayak in itself in a way that cannot be removed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-03

Good morning - what is shipping turn around times if I order one online? We do not have an REI in my area. I already have one like this for over 10 years and would like to have a second one. I live in Bismarck, ND. Thanks!!

Asked by: dzinnd
The links below will provide you with additional information regarding shipping for the Pamlico 135 Tandem Kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-26

Hi. I just purchased this boat from REI and can't seem to get the stern hatch open. I've rotated the lever to the unlocked position and it won't budge. Afraid to just yank on the thing. Any ideas?

Asked by: PeppyJ716
Answering my own question here, but i did solve the problem. The temperature in my garage today is around 40 degrees. Bringing the kayak home from the warm store caused the air in the compartment to contract and seal the hatch. Warming the garage and slowly working the seal open did the trick. Opens easily now.
Answered by: PeppyJ716
Date published: 2017-04-30

Since a 3rd seat can be added to the kayak for a child, where can it be purchased?

Asked by: Kevin-Pit
Accessories can be purchased from Harmony Gear.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-05
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