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Length Width Weight Cockpit Deck Height Max Capacity
16' 6" 21.5" 55 lbs. 34 x 18" 12.5" < 300 lbs.

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Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 Sea Kayak - The discerning voyager's choice, the Tempest 165 sea kayak from Wilderness Systems is the ultimate kayak for those who want to push their limits. Designed for paddlers with a smaller frame, the Tempest 165 features a lower deck, narrow beam, and slightly shorter length. From its ultra-comfortable cockpit to a well-mannered shallow-v hull design that behaves itself in conditions calm or chaotic, the Tempest lets you spend your time refining your skills and having more fun instead of fighting to stay upright or on course. Ergonomic Phase3 AirPro Tour outfitting allows you to set up your seat and cockpit to precisely fit your body. All controls are right at your fingertips for easy adjustments. The TruTrak skeg keeps the Tempest 165 moving straight and tracking true when winds or currents kick up. The hydrofoil shape cuts efficiently through water, and retracts into a water-tight housing when not in use. Multiple hatches with sealed bulkheads and deck rigging let you place gear where you want it. With great control, edging, and speed, you'll go places you've never been in the Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 sea kayak.

Note: Each multicolor boat is unique, and color patterns vary boat to boat.

Don't forget a sprayskirt and cockpit cover! A size 1.4 Deck Seals skirt and cover fit the Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 sea kayak.

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Tempest 165 Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg

  • High-density polyethylene plastic
  • Phase 3 AirPro XP outfitting:

    • Adjustable padded backband
    • Adjustable seat w/ 3D contoured padding
    • Adjustable, ergonomic leg lifter
    • Adjustable padded thigh braces
    • SlideLock adjustable footbrace system

  • Bow, midship, & stern bulkheads
  • 10-in domed bow hatch
  • 8-in domed midship hatch
  • 18.5” x 12.5” stern hatch
  • Retractable TruTrak skeg system
  • Reflective perimeter safety line
  • Bow & stern deck rigging
  • Soft Touch carry handles

  • Don't forget a spray skirt & cockpit cover! A size 1.4 Deck Seals skirt & cover fit the Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 sea kayak.

    Shopping Info

    I love this boat. I bought it nearly a year ago. Had never paddled one before, but did a lot of research. Woman's intuition. I paddle it on local lakes, rivers and offshore in all conditions around the NC coastline. Most times it's packed to the gunwales with camping gear, food etc. I'm 5'8 and 125lbs and probably need to add a bit more packing around the thighs to keep me in when fooling around upside down. Here are the good (non-technical) points: 1. excellent rolling; 2. GREAT in surf and other dodgy conditions; 3. easy access skeg, though hardly need to use it; 4. Can sit in the seat all day (paddling) and still hold a glass of vino as the sun goes down; 5. even as a wee lass can carry the darn thing and atop my 4Runner; 6. just feels 'right'. And (non-technically) why it's not a '10': 1. can't pack as much gear as other boats of similar size or 6" longer - but also means I pack lean (and drink less); 2. the rear bigger hatch leaks in surf and when rolling, no matter if it's a new hatch or not and I jump up and down on the darn thing. More than happy to recommend this boat.

    Patti Davis

    Wilmington, NC


    This is a terrific boat for us smaller paddlers under 5'5" and 145 pounds. It's very stable in all kinds of conditions, and great in windy conditions with the skeg down. I love the extra room directly behind the seat for a dry bag of a jacket, and extra snacks.I've paddled this boat for two years. The only cons are sometimes I get up to 1/4 cup of water in the rear hatch, it is heavy and it oilcans too easily if left in the summer sun on top of your car. I have no shade in my driveway so this was a problem if I was too lazy to take it off when I got home. One can't go wrong with this kayak. It's fun, fast and forgiving.


    Sacremento, CA


    This is a great boat! It is long, has lots of space inside the hatches and plenty of cords if you want to strap on top!


    Upstate NY


    Tempest 165 Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg by Wilderness Systems Kayaks for Kayaking


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    Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg:

    Length Width Weight Cockpit Deck Height Max Capacity
    16' 6" 21.5" 55 lbs. 34 x 18" 12.5" < 300 lbs.

    Click Here For A Sizing Chart