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Wilderness Systems "Radar 135"

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Wilderness Systems Overview - The Radar

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Model:
Radar
MSRP ($):
1,499.00
Length (ft):
13.5

The 135 is part of the Radar series by Wilderness Systems, which is kayaks with paddle, power and pedal capabilities. The Radar 135 is basically an upgrade of the popular Ride 135 and for the hull uses the same Stability, Maneuverability, Acceleration, Responsiveness and Tracking Technology or S.M.A.R.T. as the Attack series. It is a kayak that is designed to give you great performance in different types of water environments and it is also very versatile in terms of what you can equip it with.

The Radar 135 is actually one of the first kayaks on the market with support for paddling, pedaling as well as a motor drive. It features the new plastic grip style handle at the front with a paddle grip bungee behind it as well as an Orbix bow hatch. The low profile of this kayak means it can easily cut through the wind, but if you prefer a motor instead of paddling or pedaling you can remove the flex pod and install a Helix motor drive. Just behind it is the Flex Pod PD that can be used for your electronics, such as a fishfinder or transducer. This one is also removable and can be replaced with a Helix pedal drive.

The middle of this kayak features a nice rectangular hatch with ample storage capacity. The lid is very sturdy due to the fact that the kayak can also be used as a standing platform while fishing. The AirPro MAX seat is also featured in this kayak, offering multiple seating positions and cam levers that make speed mounting and dismounting easier. The Radar 135 has a large tankwell, with adjustable bungee, in the rear and it has plenty of space for tackle boxes, livewells, crates or whatever else you want to haul with you. In the rear you will also find another rigid carry handle as well as the stern mounting plate location. Overall the Radar 135 is a great kayak if you don’t want to be stuck with just a pedal or paddle drive, but prefer to have the option to switch to whatever you like, including a motor drive.

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.7
Speed 
 
3.0  (2)
Stability 
 
4.5  (2)
Durability 
 
3.5  (2)
Features 
 
3.0  (2)
Value 
 
4.5  (2)
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(Updated: October 28, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0

WS Hits a Home Run

Got this kayak as a birthday gift in September. It's my first kayak but I'm not unfamiliar with using kayaks. This has been my "dream kayak" since I first saw it reviewed last year. The plan had been to start cheap and upgrade a few times before I got to this kayak. It really feels like comfort and purpose wrap this boat from bow to stern. I've always regarded myself as a supremely adaptable angler and can change techniques, and even target species "mid-stream". This boat has the capacity and adaptability to do that with me. The first time I took it out was just to paddle it. I was impressed by the speed I could achieve and hold, as well as the tight turning. With the next trip I tested my ability to stand and move around on it. It's the bomb for stability -I was a bit nervous because I remember flipping a sea-going kayak once just peering over the side. I'd have to put some real effort into flipping this Radar 135. The only change I'd make, and it's a slight one, is to include a rod-holder with the package. I had to throw together a milk-crate quickly to get some fishing gear out on the water. With the rail system and large rear tankwell; the on-deck storage options are endless. Plus: it's big enough to carry a weeks' camping supplies in the hull, as well as a few fly-fishing outfits. Love this boat. I can carry an UL Perch outfit in one rod tube and a Bucktail Rod for Musky in another; this boat will truly be able to help me do it all.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Incredibly well thought out design, excellent construction, beautiful seat.
Cons:
No rod accomodation out of the wrapper.
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Overall rating 
 
2.8
Speed 
 
2.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
2.0
Features 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0

Radar 135 bad pedals

Used 5 times. Pedals broken (a pipe that tight pedals to frame). Broken twice. Guarantee perfect but something tells me this pedals are not good.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stability
Cons:
pedals
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