Read reviews for the Pungo 120 by Wilderness Systems as submitted by your fellow paddlers. My average speed cruising is 4 mph and have achieved 7.4 (faster downwind in 30 mph winds). We are beginning kayakers, ages 67, and have bought two Pungo 120 kayaks last year. One of those friends then went out and bought a Pungo 100. I can live with that because when I'm on the water, I'm in no hurry, and hate to have to take out. We bought 2 Pungo 120's last spring from REI, they were very good to work with. Absolutely love my Pungo 120 made by Wilderness Systems. As with any hull design, there are tradeoffs. The seats have numerous adjustments and are comfortable to me. The Pungo comes with two good compartments and a "dashboard" which stores a water bottle and few other items. I've put the Pungo through some rough testing and she took it with a hitch. This is a process in the molding. My only issue is that the bulkhead leaked through from the cockpit. Top Sellers (23) Under Armour UA Swyft 1/4-Zip Shirt - Men's $45.73 $65.00 (266) Timberland White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots - Men's $89.73 $115.00 (422) Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks - Men's $23.00 Female; Male; Paddling Interests. Pungo 125 . Perfected. The Pungo is not a Ferrari nor is it a toy, she's a good kayak. Pungo My retailer is 2 1/2 hours away so making a long trip for a simple repair was something I would do. I threw my dashboard away. The sales folks recommended the shorter one (instead of the 14') for river use and it "fits" river use perfectly. Weight is 49lbs lighter than most, has good initial stability (29”wide) with space for dry bags behind the seat and in the front. I've flipped it intentionally and was able to get in, paddle to shore, with the hull still filled with water. It feels very stable in the water and tracks well. I have had two Wilderness Pungo 120's and they are the most stable kayak on the market. I love my Pungo 120. Knee pads save my boney knees from being rubbed by the cock pit rail. This is a great boat for lazy, stagnant summer days on smooth lakes and streams. Not being a great swimmer, the kayak is very stable during rough waters. I’ve been very pleased - I’m 5’6”, 230lbs, and it fits me great. There's several adjustments you can make on the seat to get that just right feeling. The console attachment is nice to carry things and it's shade on my legs is always a blessing in the desert sun. It handles well even in tight areas while fishing in the Gulf, lakes or rivers around Florida and other states. Money does not grow on trees, so I had to make every penny count. Summary:
Try it in the 10'6" if you're under 175 lbs. Glad I found this. The boat in question is the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak. Will keep the 120 for my aerobic and anaerobic workouts. They did not have them! Seat is decent enough, could be a tad more cushy but it does the job well. I feel Confluence has ruined and cheapened the brand. Great all around kayak we have had our boats for two years now and love them. Pretty fast, tracked great to start, comfortable and the console is even more appreciated than I would have expected. Cockpit and keyhole: As a reference; I am 6'4 and weigh 256 lbs. On blind trust I drove 273 miles to the closest dealer. First, I am in my 70’s, 6’2” and in pretty good shape. Fossil Tan. Typical of most recreational kayaks. I bought this boat in 2019. I got it because it's big enough for dogs and also comfortable and stable. The seat cover repeatedly comes off and Did so since early on. This is a 12-foot boat which means it actually competes directly with the Hobie Mirage boats and the hurricane skimmer line. $29 for 24 months with PayPal Creditopens a installment calculator layer* $29 for 24 months. I love the added console where I can have my camera, sunglasses, water bottle within arms reach. My husband purchased 2 kayaks, a new one for me and a used one for our kids. My pungo weighs 40 pounds, paddle fast, & is very stable & tracks very well.. After much research, I purchased this kayak on April 2018. You won't be disappointed! It is being used on lakes, where I paddle for a workout. Telling it like it is. Love our Wilderness Systems Kayaks and can't wait to get back out on the water for our next adventure! I've waited to write an evaluation until I could give a real testament after I used it well. Customize and easily add accessories with SlideTrax™ and open mounting surfaces. I really wanted to love this boat, and I did, initially. Learn More. The 2019 Pungo also has an upgraded dashboard which offers paddlers convenience and many options for customization. I had to order from somewhere else. I called the company and they told me I would need to buy an airbag to stick up there. 120 in The first time trying out the Pungo 120 I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was to maneuver. I find getting in and out the challenge because of how difficult it is to bend my knees/hips as i lower and raise myself into/out of the kayak and having a handle bar on either side would help tremendously esp. There is no difficulty in keeping up with other paddlers and when there are waves I don't fear of tipping as it is pretty stable. It will get too much water in the cockpit. We live in a windy area and having that easer control has been nice. If you are in Central Ohio or North Central Ohio... do yourself a favor and go there! On inspection the bottom of the bulkhead Was not glued to the bottom of the boat and my little finger could slide under. I give these recreational type yaks from Wilderness 10 across the board. I use my Pungo 120 almost all year round in the Rockies. I have now used this boat in the Great Lakes, 30 mile passages, Kokosing River Water Trail, Mohican River Water Trail, many many local rivers, including Class I-III rapids. Wilderness Systems The hull with the exception of a few deep scraps from oyster bars has held up well and allows great tracking. They point well and are easy to paddle and accelerate. The best-selling Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 features an impressive balance of manageability, stability, speed, and comfort. I recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a great recreational kayak. we have received a new 120 after the first one leaked. My wife Gail and I went to an event at a local lake which allowed us to try-out many different Kayaks from several manufactures. While more pricey than basic Kayaks from a big box store, the Pungo 120 is well worth the money. I'm 6'3" and 235 lbs. the 125 is still good. ;). I have owned my kayak for two years, and have been very happy with it's performance. The Wilderness Systems Pungo is the best selling recreational kayak for good reason. Plenty of room and I find it comfortable even being 6 ft. I've been a kayak fisherman for about 20 years and have been through close to 20 yaks and the Pungo 120 is by far my favorite. Pungo Its got some serious chines and they hold it if you've got the leg strength. Phase 3® AirPro Seat: The patented Phase 3® AirPro seating system featured on the Pungo is the core of what makes Wilderness Systems the world’s most comfortable kayaks. Purchased the Pungo 120 (2018 model) at a local shop for my daughter who is a teenager. - The dashboard dry box gets very hot, phone will quickly overheat and shutdown, even on cool days. We were on vacation,and were lucky enough to have the use of 2. You could stuff a dry bag in the bow, have even more storage there. Beyond that, it will ride low and maybe be harder to control. The kayak has an ample storage capacity permitting it to handle with ease. Love our Wilderness Systems Kayak and can't wait to get back out on the water for our next adventure! Here, the tradeoff is that the Pungo can't turn very well, and it turns into a helpless windvane/cork when chop kicks up. I used Cowles Truck/SUV Edge Trim #S37203 for the job- five minutes to install, a custom fit, and (most important) no more scrapes. They are fantastic for paddling in lakes. So I ended up spending another $50.00 big ones to make the boat safe. Very fast boat, very easy to paddle, even in high wind. Galaxy. Footpegs / braces are easily adjustable and offer many positions and are sized well. They are not good for all conditions, but for lakes, bays and slow rivers they are hard to beat. It was also very tippy. Very stable and safe Kayak. The "dry hatches" seemed to leak a little bit, but not enough to freak out about. An easy and effective fix for this problem is to apply U-shaped edge trim available at auto accessory stores to the sharp edge under the console. *Colors may vary slightly from those shown as each kayak that we produce is unique. Son is tall and light and very experienced. If you plan on padding through any rapids greater than II, this is not the right kayak for that as water will dump into the cockpit. Still, performance is fine in small chop and moderate winds. I've been paddling Pungos for about 10 years now so I guess I'm qualified to do my first review. We bought them without any research or knowledge of this brand. You can't go wrong with it. Easy in/out. Don't care for wild and crazy color schemes. If short distance outings on calm water are all you're looking for then this is a great kayak. 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