Friday, July 15, 2016

Wilderness Systems iCast Feature Kayaks




   
     Industry leading design teams from Confluence Outdoors have struck gold again in 2016. Wilderness Systems debuted three new kayaks at iCast this year and one from Perception Kayaks. There have been rumors swirling and hype spread about the little brother to last years big reveal, the ATAK 120. Wildy has also been in the rumor mill for quite a while about a possible pedal drive kayak, and now they have delivered big time on that. I am going to break down each new boat for you below. Feel free to comment with any questions you may have.








First up is the ATAK 120. This kayak has been the most requested boat that I've heard since the original ATAK 140 came out. I have not personally had an opportunity to paddle this kayak since the very first prototype, however even that was a sweet ride. Excellent maneuverability, stability, and tracking without the cumbersome size of the 140. The price of the ATAK 120 will be $1,649.



SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
A.T.A.K. 120
12'3" / 371 cm
35" / 88 cm
70 lbs / 32 kg
16" / 41 cm
400 lbs / 181 kg





The Radar has arrived! Wilderness Systems finally has a pedal powered kayak. All eyes have been on Wildy since Hobie first introduced their Mirage Drive. I believe that Wilderness waited until other pedal drives were on the market long enough to know what modern kayak anglers prefer and can live without in other pedal drives. Unlike the ATAK, this kayak will feature a 115 and a 135 model in its first run. Base price on the 115 will be $1,349, and the base price on the 135 will be $1,499. Helix PD pedal drive will be priced at $1,100, and the Helix Motor Drive will run $1,999. I haven't pedaled or paddled this kayak yet. I can say however that the 115 model WILL be my next boat.
SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
Radar 115
11'8" / 356 cm
34.5" / 88 cm
82 lbs / 37 kg
15" / 38 cm
450 lbs / 204 kg

SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
Radar 135
13'6" / 412 cm
34" / 86 cm
95 lbs / 43 kg
15.5" / 39 cm
475 lbs / 215 kg






The Helix PD is the official name of the new pedal drive system. This system is definitely unique compared to other drives on the market. 





Even though this is not a Wilderness Systems kayak, it is produced by Confluence Outdoor, which is the parent company of Wilderness Systems. Think of Perception as Wildy's smaller cousin. This offering however is huge from Perception. The first ever pedal driven kayak with  price tag of under 2k. This is going to be right in the wheelhouse both in price point, and features. Price on the Pilot will be $1,799. Look for the Pescador Pilot to make big waves soon.




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