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Wilderness Systems "Ride 115"

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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Model:
Ride
MSRP ($):
869.00
Length (ft):
11.5

Kayak anglers will appreciate the maneuverability and ease of transport of the Wilderness Systems "Ride 115". It’s a great option for new kayak fishermen with rock solid stability, well-rounded performance, and all the tools to get the job done. Whether you’re fishing a local lake or saltwater estuaries, the Ride 115 has what you’re looking for.

Features:

  • AirPro Freedom Elite
  • Removable/Sliding Seat
  • Keepers Foot Brace System
  • Orbix Bow and Midship Hatches
  • Tankwell w/ Bungee
  • Bungee Deck Rigging
  • Comfort Carry Handles
  • Paddle Groove with Bungee
  • Rudder Ready
  • Self-Bailing Scupper Holes
  • Cupholder
  • Performance Control with Sliding Seat
  • Slidetrax on Bow

Specs:

  • Width: 33" / 84 cm
  • Max Capacity: 500 lbs / 227 kg
  • Deck Height: 16.5" / 42 cm
  • Weight: 79 lbs / 36 kg

 

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ride 115 side shot by Juan Veruete

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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Awesome all around boat

A great boat for big guys looking to get into kayak fishing. Extremely adaptable for rigging with the slide trax system and space for adding gear trax and rod holders.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Capacity, rigging options, stability
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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
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4.0
Value 
 
5.0

Ride 115 = Great Value

I'm a novice Kayaker and the Ride 115 is my first "Yak". When deciding which Kayak to purchase I had the choice narrowed down to three boats, all of them coming in at the $1000 price point. In the process of window shopping I stumbled upon a closeout deal on a brand new Ride 115 for $599. At that point my choice became much easier. I've had the kayak out 4 or 5 times now, primarily to just paddle around and get used to the boat. This being my first Yak, I really don't have much of a basis to make comparisons but at this point I'll say I am more than satisfied with the purchase. The boat is stable, very maneuverable and the quality of construction is VERY good (no dimples, deformations, etc). While the boat handles just fine I will say it is a bit slower than I had anticipated. Given this seems to be a trait inherent to many "fishing yaks" the slower than anticipated speed really hasn't caused me any degree of buyers remorse. The (high) seat is very comfortable but I do plan on purchasing the low seat in the near future if for no other reason than to give me an option when fishing different bodies of water and conditions. Compared to other anglers, I'm somewhat of a minimalist, so the fact that the basic Ride 115 doesn't have the removable console and a couple of the other bells and whistles found on the upgraded Ride models really doesn't concern me. Bottom line, even at full retail the Ride 115 is a great value and a good entry level Yak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Price, Quality of Construction, Comfort
Cons:
Slower than I would have thought
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0

A Great Ride

I recently purchased a new Ride 115. The Yak was on sale for $750 including my choice of high or low seat. I chose the high seat option. before purchasing I did a lot of research on the web looking at different models and brands. I am 6'1" tall and weigh about 230 pounds. I'm not a light weight but am in good shape for a 58 year old. I wanted a kayak with a lot of load capacity not for carrying junk but so it would sit a little higher in the water with me and my gear. My thought was it would be a drier ride. I wanted a Yak that was stable, dry and fishable with as many usable features as possible. Speed was not very important to me but overall fishability was and is.

I also looked at and demoed the Ride 135, Ride 115X, Slayer 12, Cuda 12 and Hobie Outback. All were nice boats but each did not meet one of my needs or a value point for price I was comfortable with. They were all great boats just not quiet what I wanted. Especially when the Ride 115 sold for several hundred to a thousand dollars less than the other boats.

Speed - Not the fastest for sure. It is not nor meant to be a long range voyager Sea Kayak. It is only 11.5 feet long and over 30 inches wide. Speed obviously is not its strong point. It does paddle relative easily for a short, wide yak with 500 pounds carrying capacity. I can paddle and fish all day and not feel overly tired.

Tracking - It does not track like a Sea Kayak either. If over pushed it will have a tenancy to fishtail some. But if reasonable force is used it tracks OK. It is not a race horse but good buggy horse. Carries a lot with reasonable effort.

Maneuverability - Being as short as it is it can turn around in a small creek easily without a lot of extra strokes. It also turns easily dragging a blade.

Stability - This where the Ride 115 really shines. The new Yaks have added a pull-up strap which is a big plus when standing up or sitting down. it really helps. The older 115s did not have this. For an $10 add-on to an older version I would highly recommend adding one. I am a big guy and have no problem standing up and fishing or using a fly rod. No problem setting the hook either. I have even used an 8 foot cast net standing with no trouble. This Yak definitely deserves a 5 out 5 for stability.

Cargo Capacity & Storage - There is an abundance of dry and wet storage on this Yak. It can carry over 500 pounds. This is not an overstatement as with some Yaks. Another 5 out of 5 in this category.

Fishability - It is versatile and stable enough for all types of fishing and well laid out to boot. The track system is usable and well placed. there is a large water tight hatch between your legs. The tall seat has a space under the seat for a large Plano box and storage around and in back of the seat as well. the large back wet storage are is plenty big enough for a bucket and ice chest. I have no problem with rod storage or placement. The Yak is stable even with a large fish on. The paddling and riding characteristics make for an enjoyable fishing experience. Another 5 out of 5.

Random Thoughts - I am very happy with my new Ride 115 and would recommend it for those looking for a well built and designed fishing machine. It comes with a lot of standard features that are extras on other Yaks. I feel safe and secure when I am fishing even when the wind and water is up.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Value, Stability, Carry capacity, Standard features, WS Support
Cons:
None
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(Updated: September 08, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

WS Ride 115 Review

I tested about 10 kayaks while looking to buy my first. I would describe myself as an angler that was looking for a way to enhance my angling experiences. Basically, my mind set was to find something that made fishing easier & more enjoyable. I eventually decided I wanted a kayak over a jon boat, but still had a "fish first, kayak second" mentality while demoing different models.

I ended up picking the Wilderness System Ride 115 because it provided great stability, seat comfort, and space (both for me while sitting in it, and for fishing gear). As an added bonus, the dealer had reduced the price and was throwing in a Bending Branches Angler Scout paddle. While cost wasn't a big factor in my decision, getting a brand new kayak & a nice paddle for $775 helped make up my mind.

Prior to purchasing the Ride, my only kayaking experience had been from the demos I had taken to pick out a kayak. I did have a lot of experience in a canoe, so some of the paddle strokes and basic small-watercraft skills from the canoe experiences helped out.

A few seconds into my first demo with the Ride, and it was clear that it had great stability. I have tried to tip it while sitting numerous times in "controlled situations". I have NOT been able to tip it, though I have felt like I could rock it so much that I might fall off the side. All of this has been done from a sitting position. I know that a lot of folks like to stand while fishing in a kayak. And there are advantages to that. Part of my decision to get a kayak was for stealth. And while standing gives an angler better vision of fish, it gives the fish better vision of the standing angler. So I have stayed seated. I did stand in it once, just to see what it was like. It seemed quite stable, though I didn't fish, or stand for long.

The seat is extremely comfortable. The back rest is adjustable. The seat section under your thighs can be raised/lowered. And it is well cushioned. I have now sat in the seat for 6+ hours quite a few times, and never once had uncomfortable legs or a sore rear end. I do have the "high seat", which I think adds to leg comfort, as it gives you a little more adjustment room for the legs/feet.

There is plenty of storage room in the hull, with attachment cords that allow you to keep items in place while travelling or kayaking. I've added a number of small d-rings to those cords & that helps with keeping items where I want them. On deck, there is lots of room in the large tank well for a cooler or a milk crate. In addition to a cooler or milk crate, I still have room to get my travel cart secured behind the cooler in the rear tank well. The straps in the rear tank well are easily adjusted to secure your gear.

In the cockpit area, there is storage room under the seat and between your legs. I try to keep everything under the seat so I have as few items that could "get in the way" as possible. The center console has a cup holder (which I usually use to hold a cup of worms). I haven't added any electronics, though I have started to look into it a bit. And I think it would be easy to attach to the console & set up a transducer through a scupper hole. All of this is speculative on my part, I haven't tested/tried any of that yet.

The slide tracks are a great tool for the Scotty Rod Holder that comes with the kayak, as well as the 2nd rod holder & camera holder I have built. The key is aligning these things where they are easy to use while fishing, but NOT in the way while paddling. The fact that items are adjustable on the slide tracks is a nice feature - you won't have to drill holes that you don't need/want later.

The Ride does come with some pre-installed cabling, screws, etc for a rudder. I don't have one, but it looks like the installation would be simple.

The Ride isn't going to win a lot of races, but it tracks fairly well if you are using good paddling strokes. The lack of speed wasn't a factor in my decision. I wasn't picking a kayak to take long trips, I was picking a kayak to use for fishing.

Overall, I am thrilled with my decision. If I purchased another kayak, I would definitely want another Ride 115.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
STABILITY, seat comfort, storage space, cockpit space
Cons:
Slow
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Overall rating 
 
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Value 
 
5.0

My 2012 Ride 115

I really like my Ride 115 and the more I use it the better I like it. The stability and price were the key factors in choosing and I have been very pleased with all aspects. I am going to install a YakDaddy slider in mine to shift some the weight in the back more to the front.

The Ride 115 tracks ok, I have seen better, but if you aren't going long distances in a hurry I doubt it would be a problem. It is not the fast yak either, but I don't go long distances and am able to keep up with most of my fishing buddies.

The flexibility that the track system gives you is almost unlimited. I don't have cameras, but they are easily accommodated with the tracks.

Lots of storage if you need it. I am an older person (64) and I can handle loading and unloading by my self, but my launch and recovery spots are close to the parking. If I was going longer distances I would get a cart.

I have heard a lot of guys say that the stand and fish and I believe them, but I don't stand and I personally use the low seat model for increased stability.

I would definitely buy again.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability and comfort and price hi low seat
Cons:
A little heavy but nothing bad Can be done with one person
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