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  • Smooth-paddling design tracks very well, offers surprising speed and turns easily
  • High-density polyethylene hull provides rugged durability and easy care
  • Multi-chine hull responds to leans and delivers terrific secondary stability; self-bailing hull ensures flotation in rough water
  • Adjustable Phase3™ AirPro seat uses mesh stretched over 3D perforated foam; large holes enhance airflow and small holes extend support for sit bones and lower back
  • Footbrace system adjusts to maximize comfort and ensure optimal paddling position
  • 19 in. bow and 8 in. midship Orbix hatches provide dry storage
  • Molded-in stern storage well with shockcord keeps tackle box and dry bags secure
  • Attach compatible accessories (not included) without tools or complicated adjustments via the dual Slide-Trax rail system in front of seating area and tank well

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Specs

Best Use Fishing, Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) Rotomolded polyethylene
Length 12 ft. 3 in.
Width 30 inches
Weight 63 pounds
Seat Type Padded / Foam
Number of Paddlers 1
Hatch Capacity Unavailable
Weight Capacity (lbs) 350 pounds
Tracking System None
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well made, but slow and heavy Like most Wilderness kayaks, it's well made and we'll designed. One weak spot is the seat back not holding position. It's mechanism is made of plastic and very fussy. I'm 6/2-220 and pretty much at its max weight for performance and when I add another 40lbs of gear, it's really a slug. Tracking and speed is good, but not as good as a Malibu X13 or Ocean Kayak Prowler. Weight is heavy for 12' kayak. A good overall kayak, but do yourself a big favor and test paddle a Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 or Trident and the Malibu X13 as their performance is better, weight is lower, and are longer for better speed and glide with excellent tracking.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ignore review on "weight" issue with the WSTarpon I'm 6' 2'' and 250 lbs. My wife is 5' 5'' and 125 lbs. My Tarpon 120 rides about 1.0 to 1.5 inches lower in the water than my wife's Tarpon 120. It is not significant in regard to performance or even noticeable. We kayak camp and do extended day kayaks on big water with gear as well. Never have I had a problem with water in my Tarpon 120. Water drains instantly through the scupper holes and I have never had any standing water or back-flow through the scupper holes. With wind, rollers, whitecaps or current, I can power paddle and still only experience minor splashing that instantly drains out. Due in part to my weight, when in rough conditions, my kayak is rock steady, stable and cuts straight through the waves while my wife struggles some with stability and directional control. Really impressive performance when paddling directly into wind and swells.This is a great kayak for large paddlers, with gear with a rating for 350 lbs. Sit-on-top kayaks and the Tarpon 120 are really user-friendly for large kayakers like me. My only criticism of the Tarpon 120 is loading and unloading it from the roof of my CRV. At 63 lbs. this kayak is a mini-workout when handling on shore. But it is the reason that it is so stable and thus family-friendly.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really like it I got the kayak in March and have 247 miles on it. I have used it on rivers Class II and I, lakes, and on the Illinois River. It has handled well in all circumstances. It will maneuver well on the rivers and have had no problem avoiding stuff in fast and twisting streams. Tracks well on lakes. I'm a big guy (250 pounds) and I did a 35 mile 2 night float last weekend. I was able to get all my gear in it and it handled great. With the added weight I had a little more water coming in the scupper holes but no big deal. My only real issue with it is the racks the foot pegs are in come back way too far. You would have to be 3 foot tall to have the pegs back so far. Lots of time it rubs against my legs and bother them. If the racks were just a few inches shorter, they would be out of the way and more comfortable. A little bit of water seems to get in the boat. I have bad knees and I got the sitontop because it is so much easier to get in and out of. Its my first boat and I would get the same thing again.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5-Stars for the right paddler This is an excellent kayak for a paddler that weighs in no more than 180 pounds; even less is better. It's all because of the underside of the kayak. With more than 180 pounds the kayak sits low in the water (increased stability = good) however, with the low sides you'll end up sitting in a puddle, that will not go out the scuppers as the boat is too low in the water. Worse is when you find yourself in rough waters, you'll have water over the sides. I of course found all this out (I'm 205 pounds) on one of the kayaking forums after I'd purchased. If you carry equipment, weigh more than 180 you should do some Google searches to study how heavier paddlers have found this boat; you may find another kayak that will suit you better. The W.S. Tarpon 140 is a bit narrower, but does support weight better. The W.S. Ride 115 & 135 are even better yet. Or, you could purchase this and as soon as you find it doesn't suit you, take it back to REI and request a different kayak - after all, it is 100% customer satisfaction.
Date published: 2015-05-27
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What are the 4 screws in the boat for along the back right side?

Asked by: Wa11acew
The Tarpon 120 Sit-On-Top Kayak is a rudder ready kayak. The screw holes are designed to secure rudder cable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21
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