The Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Kayak with Skeg comes with the trutrak skeg system, thigh braces that are adjustable and padded for maximum comfort, bulkheads that are located in the bow, stern and midship of the kayak, a full 10 inch domed and reinforced bow hatch, outfitted with phase 3XP, carrying handles that are perfectly place and soft to the touch and multiple deck riggings. Midship the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Kayak is equipped with a built in 8 inch domed reinforced hatch. The foot brace system that is included on the Tempest is a SlideLock. In the stern of the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Kayak the oval domed hatch will serve as a great place to store any equipment that you are taking with you on your kayaking trip.
The Tempest 170 Kayak by Wilderness Systems is the winner of the 2008 to 2011 Sea Kayakers Reader’s Choice award for the day or touring best kayak. The polyethylene construction is high density and generation 2 rated for the durability and economic affordability. For long touring trips the Tempest 170 Kayak is equipped with a compass mount that is recessed and located on the bow of the kayak. The compass mount is made to be interchangeable with almost all brands of deck compasses rated for tour kayaks. With built in toggles that retract when they are not in use allow the kayaker to easily pull the kayak in and out of the water. Wilderness Systems also included a drop down skeg that is controlled from the cockpit of the kayak and will keep the Tempest 170 Kayak on a straight path in the water. This type of drop down skeg also helps in windy conditions and keeps the kayak on track without the kayaker struggling with the paddle. The stern hatch is oval shaped and full size for day or overnight kayaking equipment storage. Eight full inches for the day hatch and ten inches for the bow hatch bring the Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 Kayak to the top of the class for storage. All of the hatches have bulkheads to ensure dry and secure kayaking equipment while adding a key element to the flotation. The Tempest 170 Kayak by Wilderness Systems can easily store and hold up to one week’s worth of food, kayaking accessories, kayaking equipment, kayaking clothing, kayaking dry bags and anything else needed for a long kayaking trip. Slidelock foot rail systems make it very easy to adjust to just the right position for the type of kayaking that you are partaking in on the water. The extension rod that is easily accessed by the kayaker adjusts the foot braces. Wilderness Systems also included a ratcheting backband for complete kayaker comfort in the Tempest 170 Kayak. Being comfortable in a touring kayak, like the Tempest 170, is one of the major concerns for all touring kayakers. With this in mind Wilderness Systems included an adjustable seat and paddled thigh and hip supports. Adjusting a seat can be a hard task to complete while paddling a kayak but the Tempest 170 Kayak has a phase 3 xp seat that can be adjusted quickly and effortlessly while seated. Stability is one of the most important aspects to a kayak and the Tempest 170 raises the standard by having the best stability rating in its class. Pushing the Tempest 170 to the max is what the research and development team did at Wilderness System Kayaks. They found that adjusting the hull line it improves the turning ability so with this invention implemented in the Tempest 170 the kayaker is able to turn on a dime. If it is ocean kayaking or touring that you love then this kayak will melt your heart.