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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recreational kayak for larger paddlers I picked up the Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 on Friday and took it to Parvin State Park for its maiden voyage on Saturday. Very pleased with the comfort and handling of this yak. I am 6' and 275 lbs and had no issues entering or exiting the kayak. The skeg was great to help with tracking and it was much easier to paddle than my fishing kayak. It was also much lighter and easier to transport. My wife and I cruised around the lake for a couple of hours and the seat was very comfortable. Looking forward to my next chance to get it out on the water.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aspire 105 Plenty of room in the boat and just feels/fits better than the WS Pungo. Boat tracks well paddling with the skeg up, but hooks during glide. With the skeg down the boat tracks solid and glides straight. Mixed thoughts about the seat, appears over-complicated with all the straps and construction / frame. I hope its durable as it looks like a pain to repair if any strap or fitting breaks. Took 3 weeks from on-line REI order in April to store delivery in May.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Boat Have had this on Class I-III and lots of flat water too, hasn't let me down. Plenty of room for camping gear with a large weight capacity and wide cockpit, good for us bigger folks. Wish it had a front hatch for additional storage but that's about my only complaint, it's a solid boat.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kayak I bought this kayak a while back and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Great kayak. You can use it for anything. I would recommend this to anybody for their first kayak or their 50th kayak.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Backorder Blues Purchased new Wilderness System Aspire 105 kayak during annual REI spring sale using 2015 dividend. Disappointed we could not use 20% off one item coupon for purchase. I have same kayak and purchasing another kayak for the wife. Anticipate one month back order which also disappoints since we miss majority of spring float opportunities. I do enjoy the kayak and is a nice cross between river/lake floats, fishing, and other aqua activities. REI has always been great to us and will patiently await delivery.
Date published: 2016-04-18
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Questions & Answers

Could you get a 40-50 pound dog in there? This seems to have a larger cockpit than the Old Town Vapor 10, which people say can fit a medium size dog.

Asked by: 2chow
We have heard some customer feedback saying they are able to get their dog in the cockpit with them, but we are unable to say for certain what size dog fits.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-31

What size spray skirt does kayak need?

Asked by: rwb2
This kayak requires a size 5.5 Seals spray skirt.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-06

Does this kayak float if it is flipped over?

Asked by: Zoibas
But it will be difficult to paddle that way.
Answered by: Seal
Date published: 2018-02-11

I would like to purchase the Aspire 105 kayak but in the DUSK color. Can you help?

Asked by: Cewbiker
Sorry, we don't have plans to stock the Dusk color.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-13

Is the real world weight limit for this kayak really 400 lbs? If not, what is a realistic weight limit?

Asked by: nc1
​The manufacturer states the max capacity is 400 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-14

Does REI not carry the Aspire 105 in the GALAXY color?

Asked by: ShunRei
As of April, 2017, we do not plan to stock the Galaxy color. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-01

Will you be getting this kayak back in stock sometime soon?

Asked by: JH15
As of August 2017, we do not have plans to restock this kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-29

Is there any way to get the Aspire 100 through REI?

Asked by: Type III Skier
We no longer stock the Aspire 100. does not place special orders.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-18
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