Pungo 120 vs Pungo 140
Posted by: old_user on Jan-25-05 10:02 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am trying to decide if I should buy the Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 or Pungo 140. I am a 5' 2", 125 lb female. I will be paddling mostly in the slow moving Caloosahatchee River in Southern Florida. Any advice as to which Kayak would be better suited to my needs would be greatly appreciated.
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Posted by: angstrom on Jan-25-05 11:20 AM (EST)
Both have huge cockpits, and will probably feel big to you. If those are your only choices, go with the 120 unless you're planning on hauling a ton of gear. I'd encourage you to also try some narrower boats that aren't as deep -- at your size, something designed for a smaller paddler might be easier to handle.
Rented a 120|
Posted by: bruce on Jan-25-05 11:44 AM (EST)
while on vacation in Florida. Primary and seconday stability were very good. It even handled (easily) large waves made by large power boats. It was faster than I expected. The Phase 3 seats are great. It turned well and tracked straight. At 5'9" ad 150 lbs., I had a lot of room.
Both are good boats|
Posted by: Big_D on Jan-25-05 11:53 AM (EST)
I'm a bit large to understand how you would feel in either boat (~6'3" / 230#).
Is the river|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-25-05 12:20 PM (EST)
shallow in spots? If so ya might want to consider a flatter bottomed boat. The deep v design tends drag bottom and to make turning more difficult. Figure the longer the boat the less manuverable too. All in all I think a diffrent design is better suited to river paddling.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-25-05 12:32 PM (EST)
Thanks for all of the input thus far.
I'm neither of those guys but......|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-25-05 1:11 PM (EST)
.... you may want to try a Perception Sundance 12. Similiar to the Pungo's. I love mine.
Another boat worth considering|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-25-05 7:51 PM (EST)
in the same category as the Pungo and Acadia is the Old Town Loon. They also have large cockpits and comfortable seating. I have a 138 which I really like. It holds a ton of gear and I think Old Town makes one of the toughest plastic boats around.
Another WS boat to try|
Posted by: Big_D on Jan-28-05 7:15 AM (EST)
is the Pamlico - also available in the 100, 120, 140, 145T, 160T models unless they've changed their lineup.
Posted by: tschuck on Jan-25-05 12:27 PM (EST)
Here's a picture of my neice in my Pungo 120. It was very first time in any form of a kayak or canoe and she thought it was totally cool. She never felt unstable or unsafe.
Go The 120!!!|
Posted by: mikepaddle on Jan-25-05 1:37 PM (EST)
For your petite size the 120 would probably be a better fit. Both models are comparable on the water. This may sound crazy but (dry land) lugging around a 12 foot long yak as opposed to a 14 footer makes a big difference, despite the little difference in weight.
I use the pungo 120|
Posted by: santacruzmidwife on Jan-25-05 2:13 PM (EST)
as my rec boat, and dog paddling boat:) I am 5/5" and about 135#, so I wouldn't worry about the pungo 120 being too big for you. I also think there are some advantages to having a boat under 14 feet in your fleet.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-05 4:22 PM (EST)
At your size, the 120 would be a better choice, unless you wanted to haul a ton of stuff. Why buy more boat than you need?
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-05 6:17 PM (EST)
Now you've given us suckers something to analyze. I looked closely at the Pungos when I was searching for my first kayak in 2003. At that time, I would have told you this:
Posted by: old_user on Jan-27-05 3:59 PM (EST)
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.
Comparing the two boats|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jan-27-05 7:27 PM (EST)
Posted by: NancyT on Jan-27-05 8:58 PM (EST)
I bought a Pungo 120 in July of this year-my first yak- and I have paddled it happily right through early in January when the snow really flew! I started thinking I was going to buy a 9' or 10' kayak but quickly was convinced that these would paddle like a bathtub. As a novice, I have taken this yak on a maiden voyage in Lake George and now routinely paddle in a bay here on Long Island. I have faced some strong winds and routinely paddle against the tide and find that this yak can really move and even under poor conditions will hold a reasonable line. Being the restless sort, I am sure that I will grow out of this yak and desire one with a rudder and prettier form, but for now, I have no complaints at all. Two caveats: 1)I am pretty fit,5'7" and 135lbs, but getting this on my SUV by myself is a workout, so a 140 at your size it is likely to be a challenge;2)if you are considering a skirt, the non-zippered one is impossible to get on that huge cockpit without assistance.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-27-05 9:58 PM (EST)
I as a female 5'6" @ 128 have a 120 for my lake which tracks and handles very well.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-27-05 10:31 PM (EST)
all ya can. Old Town,Perception,wilderness. Lots of others. I really like some of the new Old Town designs. Racy looking , funtional boats. I like my Perception sundance but its not for everyone.
Posted by: rikjohnson on Jan-28-05 12:34 PM (EST)
I have a 10' mallard which is the older Pungo and I love the boat. It carries a lot of cargo and is so think that it cantake any punishment I give it.