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Wilderness Systems “Commander 120”

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Wilderness Systems Commander 120

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Model:
Commander
MSRP ($):
969.00
Length (ft):
12

Kayak anglers looking for comfort and stability need look no further then the Wilderness Systems "Commander 120". This kayak/canoe hybrid combines some of the best aspects of kayaks like superb paddling and agility with the comfort and capacity of a canoe. Throw in the new AirPro Freedom Elite seat and you have the perfect perch for spotting fish.

Features:

  • AirPro Freedom Elite Seating System
  • Elevated Seating Area
  • Drain Plug
  • Partial Stern Bulkhead
  • SlideTrax System
  • Skid Plate
  • Comfort Carry Handles
  • SlideLock Foot Brace System
  • Rudder Ready
  • Tankwell w/ Bungee

 Specs:

  • Width: 30.25" / 77 cm
  • Max Capacity: 400 lbs / 181 kg
  • Deck Height: 13.5" / 34 cm
  • Weight: 64 lbs / 29 kg
  • Cockpit Length: 55" / 140 cm
  • Cockpit Width: 20.5" / 52 cm

 

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Commander 120

I was sold on the Commander because of the dual seating.. When I bought it, my son was smaller, and this allowed me to put him in the lower seat up front, and I sat on the captains perch. It was a tight fit, but I found that I could take the front seat off it's track and place it on the floor of the kayak, just behind the cross brace and it was a perfect for both of us! Although I don't really use them that much, the slide tracks make customizing it a breeze. I use a crate for most of my gear, and I store the rods in pvc pipe in the crate as well. The crate fits great right behind the captains perch, and the bungees hold it in place.
The boat... It glides through the water nicely, and gets up to speed quickly. It's fairly maneuverable, I've gotten through some tight spots with it.
The tunnel hull is both a blessing and a curse. It makes it a very stable boat, but when it comes to standing, my fat feet don't like the 2 big humps running down the middle of the boat. Folks with skinny feet would surely fair better! As I said, it's a stable boat, but I promise, you can still tip it and sink it.. like I did. I was pleasantly surprised that when I did sink it, it still floated,(sort of) thanks to the foam buoyancy blocks at the bow and under the captains perch. Bring a hand operated bilge pump, they're a life saver! I've gone out in some choppy water, white caps on the crests, I don't recommend it, it's not fun, and you'll be bailing water on a regular basis. This boat is great for calmer waters though!
As I mentioned, one of the "pros" is durability. With it's replaceable keel piece, you don't have to worry about rubbing a hole through the boat while dragging it in and out of the water. Also, the plastic is much sturdier than most other kayaks I have looked it, I'm certain it's thicker as well. As a tradeoff, it's a bit heavy. I have shoulder problems and throwing this on top of my vans roof racks was a real burden. Thankfully, I bought a pickup truck and now I just throw it in the bed (MUCH EASIER!)

Pros & Cons

Pros:
seating options, stability, durability
Cons:
weight,
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