Will a WS Tsunami 140 fit a big paddler?
Posted by: Tiim on Apr-16-14 3:22 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
-- Last Updated: Apr-16-14 3:44 PM EST --
From what little information I can gather, the Tsunami 140 is designed for smaller paddlers and not people my size (6'4" 245lbs).
The 145, on the other hand, is considered a "high volume" boat. I'm just not sure what that means.
When they say "high volume" are they talking about the cockpit size, or the amount of gear you can store?
The 140 is rated up to 300 lbs, which should be enough, but not if the hull design and cockpit aren't suitable for taller, larger people.
I don't want to shove the boat down into the water so far that it no longer handles, tracks or turns as designed, or such that the primary and secondary stability are adversely effected.
I've read a few reviews on this site written by big folks paddling the 140, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to do so.
Can anyone tell me if the Tsunami 140 is truly designed for smaller people, or if it would be perfectly alright for someone my size (6'4" 245 lbs)?
I'm not concerned with cargo capacity as I only do day paddles, but if I'm going to screw up the tracking and stability by overloading it, that's another matter.
I've owned 2 Tsunami 145's so I'm familiar with them, but I'm having a heck of a time finding one in a Duralite design, something I need for weight savings and ease of lifting and portaging with an old back injury.
I recently found a 140 Duralite, but it's several hundred miles from my home, so I don't want to make the drive if the 140 isn't going to work.
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High volume is paddler plus|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-16-14 4:21 PM (EST)
Assumption is that the first volume to be concerned about is the paddler, what will be in the center of the boat.
It's good for me.|
Posted by: danwolfgang on Apr-16-14 7:37 PM (EST)
I'm 5'10" and 240 and paddle a Tsunami 140. It doesn't sit terribly low in the water in my opinion. I have a 32" inseam and there are several more "clicks" in the footpeg length. I'd guess shoe size 13+ would be a tight fit.
Did a demo this weekend, and |
Posted by: Tiim on Apr-20-14 10:55 PM (EST)
the short answer is Yes. The Tsunami 140 (with a rudder) was a snug fit but did fit me.
how was the leg room?|
Posted by: sapien on Apr-21-14 8:09 PM (EST)
145 better fit|
Posted by: QCHiker on Apr-22-14 8:40 AM (EST)
I close to your size. I'm 6' 1" and weigh 240. I found the 145 to be a better fit, especially down in the foot area as I wear size 13s.
The Zephyr is a good recommendation,|
Posted by: Ayornamut on Apr-22-14 9:03 AM (EST)
No doubt the Tsunami 145 would work better than the 140 for your size/weight, but a Zephyr would be great if someone wanted a little more performance in a day tripper.
Agree with the Zephyr|
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-24-14 7:16 PM (EST)
suggestion. I moved from a Tsunami to a Zephyr and I am very happy withe change. The Zephyr 160 fits big folks well and provides better performance if you are interested in paddling a boat with some turning ability and rough water performance.