Submitted: 10-09-2007 by Med
I have had the Tsunami 160 for a couple of months now and can say that I am pleased with it. I have owned several kayaks, both sit on top and inside. The kayak prior to the 160 was the 140. I opted for the 160 as I was doing more excursions and desired more luggage volume and speed. The 160 has accommodated both of these areas.
Prior to the 160 purchase I had my heart set on the Tempest model of Wilderness Systems. I was disappointed when I saw the seat had only a back band. I have spine problems and this seat arrangement was not conducive to my problem.
When I tried the 160 I was sold largely because of the seat. If you are not comfortable you are not going to want to get in it very often. I doubt if there is another manufacturer that makes a seat as comfortable as this one, especially for my particular problem. I have the rudder, and find it very efficient and easy to use, although you do not need it that often.
The 160 has good initial stability and not to bad secondary, along with a good speed. ( quite a bit faster than the 140 ) It also has the day hatch separate from the rear hatch, and is handy.
My main complaint with this kayak is that the cockpit height decreases from front to back, and will take on water, if hit broadside in a moderate wave. This would hit the user in the hip area. The 140 was the same. The fix to this is of course to skirt up, therefore completely elevating the problem.
Otherwise this is a great kayak, would buy it again, and do recommend it.