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2018 AOTY/DOTY Entry

Topic: Finally got a Tarpon 160i!  (Read 893 times)

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RacinRob

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Super score. Tarpon 160i is my favorite kayak of all the kayaks I've owned.


Sorry I sold your kayak Ariel. I had too many and a few had to go. Still have your paddle though.
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ALPINEX

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Well my fishing buddy got scared of the rain this morning, so after milling around the house bored until about noon I found a break in the weather and went for it in the tarpon! So with weather warnings blaring on my radio, I shoved out of downtown Suisun. I normally limit the wind I fish in, but I knew it was going to blow me back to the dock so I felt ok.

Traveled light, one rod, one swimbait, rain gear and my radio. Trolled out and hopped the bank into duck slough for an explore. Wound up doing only 3.2 miles, but in the weather I feel good about it. The kayak is fast, way faster than the Thresher, or at least it feels that way. I spent some time moving around on it, and while it's less stable than the Thresher, it's still a very stable boat in my opinion. I really am shocked at the speed and tracking (rudder isn't even installed yet!) as well as how easy it is to transport. The wind didn't bother it much, and I had a blast just paddling it around. Then came the wind and pouring rain again, so I headed back and found it a place in the garage!

Over all I'm stoked with it, it's got it's pro's and con's to the Thresher of course, but I bought it as a loaner kayak, and now I see myself taking it out as often if not more than the Thresher!
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RacinRob

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I use my 160 more than anything I have in all conditions. It is my #1 boat.
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Wilderness Systems Pro Staff                       Heroes on the Water Gear Collector
Adventure Technology Paddles Pro Staff         Shasta Tackle Pro Staff
2017 ARW Halibut 3rd Place
2017 Berryessa Salmon Slam MBF winner
2014 GS8 1st Place AOTD
2014 Trinidad Rockfish Wars 1st Place--- Teamed w/ATD
2014 AOTY 3rd Place-Again
2013 AOTY 3rd Place
2012 Berryessa Salmon Slam  1st Place
2012 Sonoma Slam 1st Place---Teamed w/ATD
2012 TRW 2 1st Place----Teamed w/ATD
2012 PIF Big Salmon Winner
2012 Fresh Kats Series Champion
2012-13-14 Team NCKA Kayak Wars 1st Place Team Overall